There has been a heat wave in Vancouver that has broken weather records that stood for over 125 years! One of the reasons Vancouver is a popular place to live is due to the not-too-hot summers. Well, not this year. Not only has the heat made us all less productive, but it has greatly increased the risk of forest fires (over 700 burning right now in the province!), but has been a drain on our electric power and water supplies. The domino effect has resulted in lower water levels preventing fish fry trying from moving along the streams to the open water. The electricity supplier stoked up some ancient coal-fired generators that polute our skies, contributing to climate change which may be partly to blame for this heat wave in the first place.
We couldn’t take the heat upstairs in our house so we moved to the basement which stays nice n’ cool. We have to close all the windows on the south face as the hot air was blowing in. Our furnace is rigged up with a manual fan switch so we can turn on the blower to circulate air without running the furnace. This is a fantastic benefit as it brings the overall temperature in the house down by about 3 degrees.
There have been a few positive outcomes of the heat wave for us: we relaxed more as we just could not focus enough to do any work, my face sweat so much that my skin looks as though I’ve had a facial every week, and our garden has been growing like mad. We’ll have a great crop of figs for the first time in years, our tomatoes are turning red, the cauliflower is huge, and we have fantastic corn – sweet and delicious.
This is the first cool day in weeks and I have a pile of work to do, and I’m keen to get started on it.