Yesterday was hot, just normally hot until about midday, then excruciatingly hot. Sydney recorded its hottest day since records began, with 46.4 degrees C at the airport. We thought we might escape the worst down here (five hours south) but no. Hot winds brought temperatures up to 44.8 at 2:30pm. Birds really struggled, sitting exhausted, beaks open, in whatever shade they could find. Two butcher birds found shelter under the fig tree where we had filled a birdbath. We had the drippers on in the garden, and a dish of water under the huge lime tree. Friends lost baby chickens they were rearing as meat birds, other friends hosed their birds down twice in the afternoon and they survived. Gardens were frizzled, even the waterlilies in the pond were burnt. Our wicking beds coped best of all, where plants had deep roots down into a moist bottom layer. Today we woke to smoke again, and helicopters clattering overhead on their way between a fire further south, and Moruya Airport just to our north. So think of us when you enjoying the snow and ice …. send a few cool thoughts this way please!