the art of self encouragement

burning in the bush

Inspired by “trouncing around in the snow” theoldfellowgoesrunning i’ve decided to share an Australian version, “burning in the bush” for my OS friends.  Let’s start with our famous Kangaroo.  Yes not even wildlife is safe from the global trend of narcissistic teenagers having to star in the shot.  This kangaroo is particularly tame and seems happy to pose with my daughter.  I’m guessing by those duck lips that’s not his first selfie. 10385564_10152997930624973_8768174594184165595_n Then there’s this guy.  He usually resides high in the trees of our backyard but when the mercury rises he decends to the lower branches looking for cool relief, 102 vs 104 deg.   Koalas rarely drink water as they get enough fluids from their sole diet of the eucalyptus leaf but when it’s bitchin heat for days in a row we put a shallow bucket of water at the base of the tree and he comes down for a sip or two. koala close up Talking of bitchin heat people might think snakes are our main summer hazard but just as menacing is the thong blowout.  Thongs are mandatory attire in our warmer months and although a blowout in your underwear could be equally distressing,  thong is the name we give to the flip flop variety of footwear.   While offering convenient lightweight protection, the heat underfoot can soften the rubber so much the plug often slips right through the hole or snaps at the base leaving you holding the offending shoe in one hand and doing the hot coal hop to the nearest shop for a replacement.  I was gonna put a picture with that but feet… eew.  So here’s some Gum trees. 10981156_10153102550588103_7120200152149132792_n Then there’s our glorious beaches.  If you’re going for the whole day you need to deploy the troops to transport the beach shade, esky, litre of sunscreen and double that per person in fluids.  Everyone needs a hat, a total uv blockout rashie, sunglasses, towels, an extra towel so you dont burn your butt on the car seat when leaving and a wet towel to navigate the scolding steering wheel.  Seatbelt burns are a true medical event along with our annual skin cancer checks. 1907378_10153002505248103_5690901189486506378_n

Our preference is to go in the evenings when the burnings rays are mellowing, the sunsets are glorious and the ocean a cool refreshing delight.

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42 comments on “burning in the bush

  1. Susan Rooney-Harding
    February 19, 2015

    happy days indeed – summer in Australia is sometimes like winter in Canada – it gets so darn hot that we lock ourselves inside until the heat passes and sometimes this can be for weeks on end – just like you would do if it was freezing cold in Canada!!

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    • carole migalka
      February 20, 2015

      Yes summer here is awesome as long as you don’t have to be out working in it

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      • painkills2
        February 20, 2015

        Sounds like Houston, TX, where I used to live — there’s really only two seasons in Houston: summer, and well, summer. 🙂

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      • carole migalka
        February 21, 2015

        Yeah the US knows heat i was in Yosemite in summer that valley floor had some bite and i wasnt even up for grand canyon kinda hot ..

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  2. sequinandstripe
    February 19, 2015

    Reblogged this on SEQUIN + STRIPE.

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  3. painkills2
    February 19, 2015

    Is the kangaroo sticking his tongue out at us?

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  4. theoldfellowgoesrunning
    February 20, 2015

    Carole, this really is amazing. It is hard to imagine it getting that hot. I remember you writing of that koala in another post, but to see it in the photo, is so “cool”.
    Thank you for the shout out! 🙂
    Carl

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  5. theoldfellowgoesrunning
    February 20, 2015

    Reblogged this on theoldfellowgoesrunning and commented:
    With a forecast tonight for where I live in Canada of -29C, my blogger friend Carole from Australia, has responded with an Australian version of my post “Trouncing Around In The Snow”. It is a witty glimpse of Australia called “Burning in thee Bush”. A great post to “warm up” us freezing Canadians.
    Thanks Carole!

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    • carole migalka
      February 20, 2015

      -29 how is that possible don’t your pipes freeze and how do u go to work by sled?

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      • theoldfellowgoesrunning
        February 21, 2015

        Hi Carole, all the water pipes coming into the house are buried a minimum of 4 feet below ground. During a cold winter, the frost keeps going deeper into the ground, but 4 feet is I believe the building code for this area. Most houses have basements (houses built into the ground), and the water pipes enter the house in the basement. Houses in Canada have to have some form of heating to keep pipes from freezing indoors. The different forms of heat are natural gas (if it is piped to your area), wood, propane, electric and oil. There is also a form known as geothermal heating, (taking heat from the ground below frost level). Houses also should be insulated, to keep the heat from escaping. Windows are also double and triple paned to prevent heat loss. During a cold winter, heating bills can get very expensive.
        Where I live, I do go to work in a car. We use antifreeze in the radiator to keep our engines from freezing, and snow tires (more aggressive tread, and a softer rubber for more grip in the ice and snow). Particularly further north in Canada, there would be people who would travel to work by snowmobile or dogsled.
        Hope this helps my friend! 🙂
        ~Carl~

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  6. fillyourownglass
    February 20, 2015

    Thanks for giving us a view of life in Australia! I followed the breadcrumbs left by Carl at The Old Fellow Goes Running, and they led me to a duckfaced-kangaroo! 🙂

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    • carole migalka
      February 20, 2015

      Ur welcome we do have cooler days but after seeing those minus forecasts I’m never going to complain about the cold again

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  7. amommasview
    February 20, 2015

    Love This post! As we are heading into a hot weekend here, i am kind of torn between looking forward to it and wishing for some colder temperatures…

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  8. seefleckrun
    February 20, 2015

    Found you through our mutual blogging bud, Carl from The Old Fellow Goes Running! Glad I did – loved your pics. You are so fortunate to have koalas in your backyard!

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    • carole migalka
      February 21, 2015

      Hi welcome whats with all the running in canada

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      • seefleckrun
        February 21, 2015

        hahaha! We’re a bit crazy, aren’t we? Right now there isn’t much running, it’s -35C where I am! I think Canadians just like to punish ourselves…. really… i have no other explanation. 🙂

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  9. Susan Rowland
    February 22, 2015

    I love this-the photos rock! And the writing is funny and inspiring. 🙂 I want to go to Australia, always have..love your animals and the descriptions. We have wicked temps here in AZ, too… (unsophisticated grannie in the US).

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  10. IshImages
    February 24, 2015

    Haha! Yes great description of our heatwaves Carole …grab ya thongs and esky there`s more on the way! 😉

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  11. suzjones
    March 8, 2015

    Ha ha. My Garden Gnome had a blowout the other day. That’s what you get for kicking a soccer ball with the grandies in your thongs I guess. lol
    And laughed at the ‘buckle burn’ so very, very true.

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  12. Opinionated Man
    March 9, 2015

    Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    Thank you for sharing some photos of Australia for the HR Challenge! Great animal photos!!! -OM
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  13. advocare distributor
    March 9, 2015

    I’ve always wanted to visit the outback and it sounds just like AZ. It is weird how 110 just starts to feel normal there.

    I imagine everwhere has AC right?

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    • carole migalka
      March 9, 2015

      Definitely ac northern aust is the hottest but with humidity central aust is I think more like az desert and down south we just get bursts of dry heat waves that suck your eyeballs out

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  14. lorieb
    March 9, 2015

    cool pictures, especially like the pose with the kangaroo!

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    • carole migalka
      March 9, 2015

      Thx Loraine I have to give credit to my teenager she gets some great shots that’s her one of the koala too

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  15. Lolsy's Library
    March 9, 2015

    I love that picture of your daughter with the Kangaroo! Was that a Kangaroo Island Kangaroo? They are so pretty!

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    • carole migalka
      March 9, 2015

      Thx she loves to pull faces.. My daughter .. That’s in the Grampians where they are very used to people 😄

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  16. Erica Herd
    March 10, 2015

    The first photo is priceless.

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  17. Mallee Stanley
    March 10, 2015

    Miss the beaches but sure don’t miss the heat

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  18. agenda19892010
    August 12, 2015

    I think that is not a kangaroo but a rabbit … almost big … ☺ salut by Rinaldo from Venice Italy.

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    • carole migalka
      August 12, 2015

      Hi Rinaldo my Aussie friends tell me off because it’s technically a Wallaby but hey it’s a near relative of the kangaroo …make it easy for the reader I say 😀

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      • agenda19892010
        August 12, 2015

        Yes he is anyway a funny subject

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      • agenda19892010
        August 12, 2015

        Yes I know you are right . At first

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      • agenda19892010
        August 12, 2015

        It seems to me a funny type of rabbit
        . Anyway I like him very symp . Have a nice day I don’t know if wednesday or Thursday I’m writing from Venice Italy. ☺
        . Saluti by Rinaldo.

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