I woke up to yet another smoke-filled morning. For over a month, Australia has been battling one of the worst cases of bushfires this year. As of yesterday, around 110 bushfires were blazing through the state of New South Wales, Australia. Although our brave firefighters have been doing a brilliant job in containing the fire and protecting homes, the Australian weather and year-long drought-like conditions due to climate changes are aggravating the fire and spreading it across the state. Charred leaves from the fire are landing in gardens a hundred km away from the source.
Here’s a dystopian-like sunset that fills our sky most evenings.
Below you can see how the smoke travels across the sky, turning the bright blue sky into a murky blanket of smoke that hangs heavy in the air. We get pretty strong winds too, so on some days, the smoke clears by the evening.
We went out to buy some groceries last weekend and came back with massive headaches. It could be heat or bad air quality. Even though it didn’t look as hazy as other days, you can smell smoke in the air. Since I am on maternity leave, I keep my baby shut indoors. But my husband has to still go to work in smoke-filled city.
Level 2 water restrictions have been placed in Sydney and the surrounding suburbs, which means anyone found using a hose to water the garden or cleaning cars will be heavily fined. In some areas like Dubbo, level 4 water restrictions are already in place (water can only be used for domestic purposes and in the garden only on marked days). We have been very stingy with our water usage in the garden. Don’t think my tomato plants are going to survive the weather but I am happy that even in these bad conditions we got to see a beautiful bunch of Queen of the Night flowers bloom.
Talking about plants, I have been building an indoor garden for the past few months, mostly by propagating existing plants. I will be writing a separate post on that once I finish composing all the before and after pictures. In the meantime, check this beautifully patterned Begonia “Otto Forester” leaf that had fallen off the main plant and I tried to propagate it in water. I can’t believe it actually grew roots. It is now growing in a container.
I never had much luck in growing herbs, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. This time I am trying to grow basil and lemongrass. Hoping against hope that they will survive.
I love having guests in my house. Chatting and laughing over food (mostly my experiments from Youtube videos). Look at these pretty cream-filled croissants that a friend of mine brought for me when she came to visit. Have to give points to the baker for creativity.
The macaroons were just as delicious.
Talking about food, I love vegetarian sausages, but they are not easily found so when we spotted them at Aldi, I immediately bought a packet. The sausages are made of wheat, barley, and oats. This hot dog was my brunch and was so yummm!
Before I end this post, here’s a picture of a naughty elf who keeps disconnecting our wi-fi.