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Title: Heatwave
Post by: Brenda on January 29, 2009, 05:43:02 AM
Okay folks, who is glad they aren't going to be around for global warming?  Meeeeeeeeeee!

This is the 3rd day of our heatwave. We've reached 41oC for two days running and it's not over yet.  The forecast says the temperature will drop on Sunday to the mid 30s.  Well, we'll all have fried by then.  Thank heaven for air-conditioning but mostly thank heaven for the dam and a good dunking every couple of hours.  The sheep have been sheltering all day and a couple of brave (or foolish) cows have ventured from the shade to graze for a little while.  Even the little finches that live in the gum tree in the garden have resorted to coming down to find shade under the house. 

Pauline, what's it like over west at the moment?  I've said it before and I'll say it again: roll on winter.

Bren
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Dickie eagle on January 29, 2009, 11:57:16 AM
bren, my Dutch granddaughter will be delighted and this time insread of looking after animals she will be studying the habits and habitat of marine life,mainly dolphins . Amanda will be based in Bunbury. Its a shame our Keith isn't around . her brother Daniel will remain in Brisbane for around three months thence to Surabaya. I could persuad my other half to join them for a couple of weeks during cooler periods !. dickie.............
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Brenda on January 29, 2009, 09:10:59 PM
You must be very proud of their achievements, Dickie.  It seems that South Australia and Victoria are the states suffering from these extreme temperatures.  It was 45oC in the sun yesterday and the same is due for today. The house didn't get a chance to cool down overnight so we're off to a bad start. Everything has fried - including me.

Bren
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Pauline on January 30, 2009, 03:09:50 AM
You must be very proud of their achievements, Dickie.  It seems that South Australia and Victoria are the states suffering from these extreme temperatures.  It was 45oC in the sun yesterday and the same is due for today. The house didn't get a chance to cool down overnight so we're off to a bad start. Everything has fried - including me.

Bren

Hi Bren
Been reading about your heat, we are used to those sort of temperatures.  Lucky for us there is a cyclone up north, and we are getting the cool weather as a result.  Its 30deg and humid today.  Pete and John (from UK) are off to the cricket at the WACA.  We had temperatures in the 40s last week, but thats just part of the summer here, we have the sea breeze (the Fremantle Doctor) come in around noon and that cools everything down.  Fans on all night so we can get some sleep.  Chris and John (visitors) don't mind the heat, they have just come from temperatures of -5 deg.  Craig (son of a friend) is here trying to get a job, his parents decided against coming, but Craig wants to join our Police.  He is really feeling the heat, he plays rugby, and finds it hard going.  But he will get over it. He keeps aying isn't it hot, and we keep saying "not really". Spooks him out.
Just spied a Bandicoot under my kitchen window eating the thrown out bread and vegies, and we have heaps of water dishes around, filled by the reticulation, for the wild life.

Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Brenda on January 30, 2009, 10:07:39 AM
Phew - I couldn't stand this heat on a regular basis, particularly with this awful hot wind.  I never thought I'd look forward to temps in the  30s but I am now!

Bren
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: christine on February 01, 2009, 10:49:16 AM
Hi saw the dreadful pictures on TV last night of some of the fires around the Sydney area - what a dreadful time you are having down under.  If it makes you feel any better - we are preparing ourselves for a lot of snow in the east and south east of UK which the Russians are sending us - apparently overnight - and will be the first true snowfall for us this winter although the north and Scotland have already had their fair share. This is supposed to be the coldest winter for several years (and one of the wettest) - global warming - what global warming!
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Brenda on February 02, 2009, 05:49:19 AM
There's a bad fire down in Gippsland (Victoria) too.  About 30 homes have gone but no deaths as yet.  That's quite a way from us although we've got plenty of their smoke hanging about here.  Lightning hit a tree in the forest not far from us and started a fire. Syd dashed off to join his fire unit but was back within about an hour with things getting quickly under control. I did my usual: got my most precious things to the back door ready to put in the ute and filled buckets with water in case any embers flew this way.  It's a pathetic effort really but no way am I going to stop to protect the house. I'm off up to the safest paddock to sit anything out and hope the watebombers get here fast!  No heroics for me.

Have heard about the snow and very cold weather over there.  Must be very cold for so many people to comment on it.

Bren
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Frank (hutchsky) on February 02, 2009, 06:06:58 AM
Brenda i was in your part of the world last year and it was cold and I mean cold, I was glad to get out of Victoria, only because of the weather  us WA people its a norm, for high temps its summer time, just think of them cold days in Downham and things don't seem so Bad.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: mike on February 02, 2009, 08:54:37 AM
Jjust think of them cold days in Downham and things don't seem so Bad.

Well, it is certainly cold today. The deepest snow I can remember seeing for a good many years, and London is effectively closed of course.

I will wander out later with the camera and try to get some pictures loaded later so those of you sweltering in heat down under can consider if the grass is greener. Or whiter. Or browner!

Mike
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Brenda on February 04, 2009, 10:49:16 PM
What I don't understand is why London has ground to a halt.  Does anyone else remember the winter of 1962/63?  It started snowing on Boxing Day and didn't stop for 3 months.  There was still snow on the ground in April.  Things slowed down a bit but didn't grind to a complete halt.  Why has that happened this time?

Bren
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: christine on February 05, 2009, 09:16:35 AM
Bren, I certainly remember the snow of 62/3 - and managed to get into work in the City - if often late - but on most days.  I asked the fountain of knowledge (he who knows everything and to whom I have been married for many years) why the country cannot cope with what is basically a very small amount of snow compared to some parts of the world.  It would seem (according to himself and now being said generally) that it is uneconomic for this country to have the same amount of snow moving equipment that the usual snow bound countries have because, as has been said, this is the first heavy fall in this part of the country for 10 years so what is the point of having lots of equipment that is just going to sit idle for long periods of time. Mind you, it apparently cost the country 3 billion on Monday alone in lost revenue. I think the only snow as far as I can remember since the early nineties was one winter in the eighties when we bought a sleigh for the kids to use and hasn't been used since, one Easter in 1977 which I remember because we had not long moved house and Alistair was only 2 years old (we have the pics).  Somebody in the newspaper wanted to know why the Underground had failed on Monday - probably due to the fact that only one underground line in London does not actually come above ground - no reason for the buses to stop - I remember they bravely continued in the 1960's. I also cannot understand why the schools had to close - I don't remember that happening when I was at school but of course in those days teachers lived very near to their schools and cars were a novelty so we all WALKED!  My granddaughter's school in Malmesbury has stayed open all through the snow and they are still being snowed upon as I type!  Oh well, at least it took our minds off the credit crunch and must have suited the powers that be very well to have us thinking about something else!
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Brenda on February 06, 2009, 04:28:22 AM
Good to know you remember that winter, Chris.  As for snow-moving equipment, if I remember correctly, all that used to be available were council trucks spreading salt and/or sand.  Perhaps that is considered too old-fashioned a way to clear roads for transport.  As for schools being closed - how ridiculous.  I remember plodding to school and snow going over the top of my wellington boots.  Nobody would have thought it too hard to get there, would they?  Ah, but we were made of sturdier stuff perhaps!

Bren
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Pauline on February 17, 2009, 03:05:59 AM
Brenda i was in your part of the world last year and it was cold and I mean cold, I was glad to get out of Victoria, only because of the weather  us WA people its a norm, for high temps its summer time, just think of them cold days in Downham and things don't seem so Bad.

Hi Hutchsky
You're just down the road to me - I'm in Wandi.  Where did you live on Downham and when?
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Frank (hutchsky) on February 18, 2009, 07:31:47 AM
Hi Pauline, I use to live at lot 86 Lyon Road Wandi for 4 years, my long time friends the Harbens lived at lot 10 Lyon Road, I was their when we had the big bush fire, I was lucky only had spot fires the next but one was burnt down. Now I have been wondering were you lived I should had guest! I have been over a big part of Oz, but Wandi was alive with snakes, I am not a snake liking person. Should have a coffee with our partners one day?
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Frank (hutchsky) on February 18, 2009, 07:47:15 AM
Pauline, I re-read your post, you can tell I was educated at Durham Hill. I lived in Keedonwood Road From 1948-1960, I then went into the army, at Durham Hill for 4years, and work for Browie the Greengrocer shouting "Pea O Greengrocer" walking around the streets of Downham, and use to work the stall at the top of Whitefoot/Verdent lane camnnot remember the name of the pub. Then we live at the Brangborn Flats (not spelt right) off Old Bromley Road/Bottom Downham way.Imoved to Brownhill Road Catford with my first wife.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Bel on February 18, 2009, 06:42:34 PM
I remember the tins of Dawn Peas.....the only ones my kids wold eat......lovely....Bel
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Pauline on February 19, 2009, 01:57:55 AM
Good to know you remember that winter, Chris.  As for snow-moving equipment, if I remember correctly, all that used to be available were council trucks spreading salt and/or sand.  Perhaps that is considered too old-fashioned a way to clear roads for transport.  As for schools being closed - how ridiculous.  I remember plodding to school and snow going over the top of my wellington boots.  Nobody would have thought it too hard to get there, would they?  Ah, but we were made of sturdier stuff perhaps!

Bren

We lived on the Isle of Sheppey, and I remember the snow we had in 1986/7, we couldn't get off the island for 2 days!  But a friend of ours had a JCB and hired himself out to the council, his wife had to drag him off the thing - he was earning meggga bucks.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Splinter on March 10, 2009, 12:15:53 AM
The pub you cant remember was the NORTHOVER. Its a petrol stn now
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Dickie eagle on March 10, 2009, 01:50:20 PM
The "Northover" gosh that's a while back ,before Danny la Rue bought it and changed the name to "The Governor General" to honour Lord Forster I believe. I remember it even better when the land was part of Perry's Farm, I guess that makes me an antique.My younger brother (by 26 years !) is still living in the old flat in Tristram Rd.,             dickie................
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: christine on March 10, 2009, 01:54:39 PM
The "Northover" gosh that's a while back ,before Danny la Rue bought it and changed the name to "The Governor General" to honour Lord Forster I believe. dickie................
Didn't realise the Northover was no longer in existence - and was it truly taken over by Danny la Rue?  Haven't been back to the area since 1992 so when did all this happen?
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Splinter on March 10, 2009, 02:39:14 PM
Not long after you was last their about 1992/3 at the latest The pub had deep cellars so was good to put feul tanks in.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Brenda on March 10, 2009, 10:01:14 PM
I remember the pink roses that used to climb over the wall around the pub garden.  I also remember my friend and I being chased away if we dared to play any ball games on the forecourt.  Now I think about it, it was not surprising given the risk something going straight through the windows. At the time, we felt quite affronted and embarrassed by it.

An antique, eh Dickie. Well, we all know how valuable antiques are, don't we?

Bren
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Pauline on March 11, 2009, 03:03:33 AM
I remember the pink roses that used to climb over the wall around the pub garden.  I also remember my friend and I being chased away if we dared to play any ball games on the forecourt.  Now I think about it, it was not surprising given the risk something going straight through the windows. At the time, we felt quite affronted and embarrassed by it.

An antique, eh Dickie. Well, we all know how valuable antiques are, don't we?

Bren

I looked on google earth maps and I can't find the Northover at all!!!!!
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Frank (hutchsky) on March 11, 2009, 12:20:38 PM
I spent about 2 years of Sunday's working at Brownies stall 1955 to 1957 at that pub, The Northover, thanks for jogging the old brain.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Splinter on March 11, 2009, 10:53:54 PM
Browny's That takes me back Used to come around the estate in what i thought was a big truck selling his goods. Ialso remember the Muffin man<seafood man and a man with his horse that you could sit on and have a photo done.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Frank (hutchsky) on March 12, 2009, 03:22:23 AM
I worked for Brownie for about 2 years 1955-1957, the truck ops! Lorry was, what I did, the Northover was an extra at weekends, I got to know a lot of Downham people. I missed the last year of my schooling working the round, and used to hide up in the lorry when we went along Keedonwood road, if mum or dad caught me I would have been in for a hiding. But it was fun at the time, I don't know how, I was not caught, what with the family living all around Downham, me out front with old brownie calling out pea o greengrocer at the top of my voice,fun times.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Pauline on March 12, 2009, 07:22:30 AM
I worked for Brownie for about 2 years 1955-1957, the truck ops! Lorry was, what I did, the Northover was an extra at weekends, I got to know a lot of Downham people. I missed the last year of my schooling working the round, and used to hide up in the lorry when we went along Keedonwood road, if mum or dad caught me I would have been in for a hiding. But it was fun at the time, I don't know how, I was not caught, what with the family living all around Downham, me out front with old brownie calling out pea o greengrocer at the top of my voice,fun times.

I am remembering the winkle man coming round on a Sunday, and Dad going out to get a pint of winkles and a pint of shrimps.  I loved winkles.  Can't get them here, and the shrimps are like prawns and the prawns are like lobsters!
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Splinter on March 12, 2009, 09:08:18 AM
Brownies has got Quite big now they have got a few shops But i see a lot of trucks and vans delivering flowers all over south east england and as far up as Birmingham. (Sombody should of stayed with them could of been general manager by now).
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Pauline on March 20, 2009, 12:52:11 AM

Pauline, what's it like over west at the moment?  I've said it before and I'll say it again: roll on winter.

Bren

Bren at last it has cooled down, AND we have had 'some' rain, although I'm not too sure that it reached the ground, but it was certainly in the air.  We have a young Pom staying with us, he is 20 years old, and very uninformed when it comes to Australia.   We were trying to tell him that when the weather girl says "there is a chance of rain" it really isn't going to happen.  And he is amused that she apologises for there not being any rain about.
I was amused to read in the English papers online, that England had had its hottest day this year and everyone was high tailing it down to the beach - it was 17 deg!!
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Splinter on March 20, 2009, 07:07:48 PM
Yes but 17oC in  March is like 100o in OZ Surly Dont you get fed up with the heat Its nice now and again. But when it comes so rarely here you can appreciate it. And Last Summer you had to for the FOUR DAYS of good weather we had.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Pauline on March 22, 2009, 06:27:50 AM
Yes but 17oC in  March is like 100o in OZ Surly Dont you get fed up with the heat Its nice now and again. But when it comes so rarely here you can appreciate it. And Last Summer you had to for the FOUR DAYS of good weather we had.
There is no point in being fed up with the heat, its our way of life.  We do appreciate the cool days that we get now and again, we can go indoors if it gets too hot, everywhere has air conditioning.
How do you cope Brenda?  I guess you have to spend a lot of hot days outside, I don't know if I would like that.
Today is 26deg, sunny, not a cloud to be seen and a beautiful blue sky.  But the Fremantle Doctor came in quite early and later on it will turn chilly. 
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Brenda on March 22, 2009, 08:30:02 AM
I don't cope with the heat very well these days, Pauline.  My tolerance has decreased as I've got older.  Yesterday, the cool spell was broken with a 33oC but today - thank goodness - it's been cool and grey and drizzly.  I can just about cope with a maximum of 25oC.  Anything above that and I don't feel well at all and turn into a terrible grump.

Bren
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Splinter on March 22, 2009, 11:49:33 PM
I would really like to know what areas all the people on this site are from ie, Who`s in OZ, Canada and UK and does Mick Admin live on the estate. My little Grey cells are getting everybody mixed up Thanks from Splinter.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Dickie eagle on March 23, 2009, 05:05:53 PM
John, I do not reside in Oz , NZ , US of A , Canada. I have a Home in Windsor which was not of my own choosing, happily there is a sort of Home for me in Amersfoort,NL. somehow the Dutch are easy going, most speak Engelse, and their "Oily bolls "Are fattening but superb.I have been around the world a few times but I would give preference to dear old "Dirty Dahnum" any day      dickie...............
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Splinter on March 23, 2009, 05:15:47 PM
Right so ive got Dickie in Windsor (Traffic bad but view nice hangs out with the Queen . OK for some) How often do you get back to Downham or never???
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Pauline on March 24, 2009, 12:35:07 AM
I would really like to know what areas all the people on this site are from ie, Who`s in OZ, Canada and UK and does Mick Admin live on the estate. My little Grey cells are getting everybody mixed up Thanks from Splinter.

I'm in the outer suburbs of Perth, Western Australia.  Classified semi-rural, 7 acres.  About 2 acres is domesticated the rest is bush. Very peaceful and dark.  I sit outside with my telescope, and there is no light pollution at all.  The number of stars is mind blowing.  Not too much in the summer because the mozzies love me.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Splinter on March 24, 2009, 05:10:50 AM
Yes pauline I know what you mean about mozzies. I went to Cancoon Mexico last year (Son got Married there) and i think i came back with only half the blood i arrived with.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Frank (hutchsky) on March 24, 2009, 11:59:12 AM
I would really like to know what areas all the people on this site are from ie, Who`s in OZ, Canada and UK and does Mick Admin live on the estate. My little Grey cells are getting everybody mixed up Thanks from Splinter.
Hi the name is Frank and I live not far from Pauline, (I lived in the same place for a few years) Happily Married, living in a coastal town South of Fremantle, called "Rockingham"  Western Australia after a ship that crashed against the jetty in the 1800's. Not far from the beach its not unlike a English seaside. apart from the great weather.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Splinter on March 24, 2009, 01:27:10 PM
Hi Frank i see that you was born in Farnborough Hospital. Thats changed quite a bit, its now the Major Hospital in the Bromley area and its changed its name to "Princess Royal " or something like that. I am going to go on Google Earth to find you all.
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Brenda on March 24, 2009, 08:59:07 PM
What a lively addition to our forum you are, Splinter. 

I was born in Crutchley Road, Catford then we moved to Durham Hill, Downham when I was 4 years old.

I now live on 36acres in rural Victoria, Australia where we run a small herd of cattle, a small flock of sheep, make a bit of hay etc. Have lots of visiting kangaroos etc. and - like Pauline - far too many venomous snakes.  Nearest neighbour is 2 1/2kms away and it is wonderfully peaceful and I love it. Yet, like Dickie, Downham will always be 'home'.  Never been back though.

Bren 
Title: Re: Heatwave
Post by: Splinter on March 24, 2009, 10:50:09 PM
Hello Bren . Please tell me your local Town i love to go on google earth to see where you all are. Ive just viewed Rockingham. (Thats a fair old road out to the Island.). Its a shame that you hav`nt been back but i am sure we will try to keep you as up to date as possible.