The whole of NSW has suffered extreme heat in the last few days, with more to come. Residents have prepared their bushfire plans, taken all precautions and now wait hopefully until danger has passed. Temperatures in the centre of Australia have gone off the scale, rising to over 50 degrees Celcius (122F), and here on the south coast we had over 40 degrees on Tuesday, with strong hot winds. We watered our garden and orchards as well as we could, but some fruit trees have suffered, especially figs. In the garden we watched the giant sunflower wilting. It’s head is heavy now as the seeds mature, so it bent and its great leaves drooped. We are still watering today in preparation for more heat to come, and no rain predicted. We are a little hot and tired, but so well off compared with many Tasmanians who lost their houses in wild bushfires this week.