Reportedly, Western Australia was the hottest part of the planet yesterday. The official temperature in the Perth metropolitan area reached 43.3° C which converts to 109.94° F for us old geezers. The temperature on our shaded front verandah thermometer didn't rise above 90° F all day and by keeping the house closed up I managed to keep relatively cool. Note the use of the singular 'I'. All the womenfolk were out most of the day with our eldest daughter who was trying on wedding dresses. They did similar pre-nuptial expeditioning last week. I found it had to believe there were so many wedding dress shops in this neck of the woods, but I've now lost count. Apparently there is also a big wedding expo coming up in a couple of weeks which will no doubt be like honey to a swarm of female worker bees. Us drones can do little more than stay in the hive and periodically rummage through the fridge looking for something to eat. Dare I mention that when the womenfolk came home mid-afternoon they heated up the kitchen somewhat by making toast. Arrrrgh!
The heatwave facilitated a pothole repair
Mind you, after watching The African Queen on TV yesterday I did get off my backside for about half an hour after mid-day to patch up a pothole in our verge driveway. I 'd advantageously used the heatwave to soften up a bag of bitumen which had been acquired last winter. I reckon the repair looks reasonable for an amateur, whom not having a steam roller, had to use a brick to do the tamping down. The pic of the thermometer was taken this morning before the sun came up – 84° F.
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