Jan 19, 2017

Lovin' Life 19/1/2017: Even During A Heatwave.

Looks like the weather got the memo about we, the people of Sydney, wanting some real summer weather, please.  Not humid and stormy days and definitely none of those cool and just plain rainy days that you could almost mistake for winter.  Just a run of dry scorchers, thanks.


I went for my first swim of 2017 this week at Cook + Phillip.  I celebrated all my joints being able to creak through some slow laps with a coffee across the road at The Australian Museum.



There's a lovely shaded enclosure at street level just under the museum proper and it's recently been converted into a little outdoor cafe.


It was so lovely and cool in the shade.  I think the freshly watered plants helped with the cool factor - in both senses of the word.


I was there too early for the ice cream bicycle to be pressed into service, maybe next time.


It wasn't as noisy as I thought it would be sitting outside on William Street on a weekday morning.  Perhaps the trees are a sort of natural noise buffer and perhaps the roof and glass awnings above me have some kind noise reduction feature to them.  It's such a lovely spot that I hope the garden cafe stays where it is all year round.


And the heat still didn't get to me even when I had to cross the road again to wait at the bus stop for my ride home.  Sharing a moment with George as he has first coffee of the day tends to have that effect on a girl...


This looks wacky but the internet never lies.  I haven't had it in me to get air conditioning sorted for the house and now it's a bit late.  Solution?  A sort of eco / budget friendly arrangement of a damp towel hung a safe distance in front of a fan.  It really does work.

There's also a more complex system of using an esky with a hole cut out and filled with ice somewhere on the internet if you're interested....


Or you could just take a leisurely stroll down to your local beach.



Where, miraculously, it feels nothing like the 36C it was at 7pm, according to the weather app on my phone.  I can't quite believe it myself that it's taken until my second summer here to discover this hidden gem.  Redleaf Beach is a few steep sets of stairs down from New South Head Road and if you have trouble finding it from a phone map, just look out for the sudden traffic snarl as cars try to enter the 8 spot car park at the top of the stairs.  The pool itself is now called the Murray Rose pool and is about 60 by 90 metres in size.  There are a couple of pontoons you can jump off or lounge on in the water and a wrap around pier / walk way that I am sure I will get to walk on one day...


Preschooler SSG was in a golden sanded heaven on the beach.


He raced up and down the beach with his friends, carted water to make mud pies on the beach and forgot he was a bit shorter than the older children and adults as he tried to follow them further out into the water.




As for me?  Just being in the water and feeling the sand under my feet and between my toes was all I needed as I watched the sun set and felt the temperature drop just a bit.  I'll be the first to confess that I'm not a beach person but I think this heat wave has just converted me.


We went home in much better spirits than if we'd spent the evening at home trying to keep cool by being still and quiet but at the same time being restless on account of it still being daylight outside.  There's a small beach worth of sand sprinkled over the all the floorboards in the kitchen as I type this  but I'm in no hurry to sweep it all away.  Not just because I'm a bit lazy about stuff like this in the heat but because feeling the gritty granules under my feet brings me back to the beach and the best things about these sweltering summer days in Sydney.


31 comments:

  1. I love that you've spent some of the time 'pottering'. I rarely do anything on the spur of the moment and just for the sake of it and love the notion of 'popping across the road' to the museum.

    As for the beach.... magic in this kind of weather!

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    1. I'm learning to embrace the occasional spur of the moment change in routine :-)

      SSG xxx

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  2. Alright so Mr M and I land in Sydney on Monday morning, ready to greet a scorching 42 degrees on Tuesday... I'm kind of afraid that this will colour his perception of Sydney. Maybe I can postpone until this crazy weather sorts itself out ;) #teamlovinlife

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    1. Wishing you safe travels! Can't wait to see your pics and read about your adventures.

      SSG xxx

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  3. Interesting isn't it when there is somewhere close by like that beach and we just discover it! Not far to go for you and ideal for your little one as well. I think summer in Sydney is quieter when school is out and there are not as many people at work. Only 2 weeks to go and it will be back to crazy town. Whatever that brings, I hope you stay relaxed, hydrated cool! Denyse x

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    1. I am loving the quietish pace of life in Sydney right now!! Enjoying it while it lasts.

      SSG xxx

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  4. I loved all your photos - and aren't our beaches wonderful? I'm in WA and our Summer has had several stinking hot days, but most have been quite pleasant so far (much to my relief) the aircon has had a break and it's nice to not be sweating :)

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    1. Summer in Perth is magic right now by the looks. Enjoy this while it lasts.

      SSG xxx

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  5. Such a lovely post - really summery! LOL Love the damp towel over the back of the chair in front of the fan! I'm lucky enough to have ducted aircon and a pool, but unlucky in that it's sooooo humid in summer here in Brisbane and I don't have as easy access to beaches as you might, though I do live near water (Moreton Bay). #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Thank you, Min! You're a hardy soul to survive Brisbane summers!

      SSG xxx

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  6. Yes the beach is the place to be on these scorching hot days, however the sand does get sizzling hot. I like the idea of the wet towel in front of the fan. I will have to try this one out. Fortunately I have an air conditioning unit being installed next week so will no longer have to suffer in silence! #TeamLovinLife

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  7. LOL I posted about surviving the heatwave today too!

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  8. Brissie is in melt down at the moment, all I can say is thank you for my air-con that has been working overtime.

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    1. Strength to you, Nikki and praying for a break in the weather soon for all of you.

      SSG xxx

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  9. Thank you for taking me on your relaxing day. I've made a note of that wet towel trick. Yes we do have days when we wish we had air con. Not as many as you but enough to contemplate it for the bedroom and lounge.

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  10. I am not a beach person either but as i am in the depths of winter - I would not mind it at this very moment!!! x

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    1. I am kind of missing winter at the moment... Ah well, will be here soon enough.

      SSG xxx

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  11. Oh I need to try that towel trick! The boys rooms don't have aircon unis and we've never installed them as we are forever hopeful that we will find out dream house soon...or the various tricks we have tried will make one tiny unit cool all the rooms upstairs, ha! Will be trying that trick tomorrow :)

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  12. Well that esky is ingenuity. Love the beach for those summer days, bet place to be is in the water (or at home with an air con) :)

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  13. So much to see in Sydney!
    That little coffee shop looks cute. I was at the Museum recently and didn't see that. Or am I talking about a different Museum? I was at the National Museum on William Street opposite the park. Same one? I clearly had my blinkers on.
    #TeamLovinLife

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    1. I think it's just opened recently, Leanne!

      SSG xxx

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  14. I've found that the breeze at the ocean is so much cooler than at my house, even though we're just over a block away. So when we want to save on the air con bill, sitting in the car at the beach (for the shade!) is pretty nice.

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  15. Gotta love an evening swim. I used to go to Redleaf pool, now Murray Rose Pool, when I lived in Sydney. Such a lovely place to visit :) #TeamLovinLife

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