Wednesday, 18 June 2014
It's becoming impossible to move around during the day. Popping outside to clean up after the dogs takes all my energy. My hands are even sweating typing this post.
Since taking in 9 dogs I've had to make some adjustments to my sleep pattern anyway. They do tend to bark sometimes during the night if they hear a noise or see a cat or fox. It's fair enough. They are very protective of our territory, and I can't complain. It means that I try to take a nap during the day to make up for loss of sleep.
This week I've taken it a step further and am now in a different routine for the rest of the hottest months of summer.
Things that need to be done have to be undertaken very early while it's still relatively cool. This morning I was awake at 4.15am. I logged onto the internet for half an hour. I fed the dogs, cleaned up their areas (poo patrol as Mr A and I call it). I then turned on the hosepipe to water the garden. I'm a good multi-tasker and whilst watering I check on the tomato plants and the melons that are coming along nicely. Some of the tomatoes at the bottom of the plants have started to turn red but they are also rotting very quickly. The ones nearer the top are fine. So this morning I picked all the green ones from the bottom of the plants, plus some ripe ones which were OK for eating.
Next job was to sweep and wash the balcony and sweep the driveway, then refill the dogs' water containers.
Into the kitchen to cook a kilo of pasta for the dogs, and to chop up all the green tomatoes, a couple of onions and peppers and put into a pan with vinegar to make chutney. I put some clean jars in the oven to sterilise and left the chutney to simmer on the stove while I loaded up the washing machine and got on with the housework.
On previous days this week I picked some plums from a tree in the garden which doesn't provide enough fruit to make jam, but did enable me to make six individual plum pies, which I've put in the freezer. I also pickled a red cabbage, and 2 kilos of onions.
Believe it or not, all these chores are completed before 8am, by which time the sun is starting to beat down. I can manage 10 minutes out on the balcony with a coffee before I have to retreat to the bedroom which is the coolest room in the morning. I move to the sitting room late afternoon after the sun has moved round.
I do pop out a few times during the day to refill the dogs' water bowls. When it isn't so hot, I like to spend time playing with them, but in this heat they (and I) don't have the energy. They just find the coolest spots and sleep. I am now getting two naps during the day and am in bed by 10pm at the latest.
And the next day at 5am it starts all over again. Roll on September!