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Hot Wheels

All photos taken during a brief early AM bicycle ride on June 30, 2021.

We were in the middle of an oppressive heat wave (they call it a heat bubble). It started out on the West Coast, where Victoria was up to +39 a couple of days ago and has been slowly sliding into our area. The temps from June 26 through July 2 were +30, +32, +36, +37, +37 and +31. Humidex (Feels Like) temperatures ranged between +37 and +44 C (98.6-111 F). Now, to those of you who live in hotter climates, this may not seem that hot, but keep in mind, our average highs at this time of the year are supposed to be around +22 C (71.6 F).

In any event, these hot days evolved into a routine of work and exercise in the early morning, followed by sitting in the shade or down in the basement for the rest of the day. We do not have central A/C here, but fans and a small room A/C unit ran pretty much non stop, since June 26.

We were missing our walks in the forest (there is just no point of risking heat stroke) and had taken several short bicycle rides around town to keep exercised and a bit cooler. This day, we took a short turn out into the country to see what was shaking out there. Here is what we saw.

Hot Wheels ©

Lack of exercise, making us frown,

any exertion only brought sweat.

We just wanted to get out of town,

8 AM temps, not really hot yet.

Relentless June heat weighing us down,

slow bicycle ride seemed our best bet.

Pedaling slowly North, East, South, West,

searching for any cool we could feel.

Straight into stiff breeze was the best,

today, Blowmont winds held real appeal.

My photo stops, Pat’s patience did test,

so, we headed for home on hot wheels.

The goslings are so tall – it must be the heat
These geese got a place with a pool – you can just see them disappearing into the water
Even the shade looks hot
Everything is growing fast, but heat and a lack of moisture may soon change that.
St. Vital church steeple and Beaumont from 4 km away. You can see the heat shimmers distorting the camera focus
Looking East along 505 into the morning sun, the glare made focusing difficult (for me and my camera)
My Hot Wheels
Patty waits in the shade at Beau Hills
I am sure this herd will be in the shade by Noon
No worries about hay curing in the swath here.
Hay and grain crops side by side
Patty, slow and steady….Let that fool stop and take his photos.
Grain crop is growing quickly
almost back in town
Another hay field – this one not yet cut
carpet of green
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Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

23 thoughts on “Hot Wheels

  1. That heat bubble was oppressive! I had my frenectomy during that time, and when my procedure was over, the office had to shut down. Apparently, the electrical room had reached about 600 degrees C and the whole building had to shut down to cool it off. Electrics here aren’t made for heat!

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    1. Yup. Canadians and Canada are not designed for heat. We do cold OK. Glad you were able to get your procedure. How has your recovery been. Hope you are having a good weekend. A bit wet here today, but that is OK. Thanks for reading. Allan

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      1. That’s because we have the infrastructure for cold! I recovered quickly from the frenectomy. Still waiting to see if that and my second gum graft was successful. After all, my periodontist had to clean up an American medical mess. It’s a bit wet here too but the air is fresh at least!

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    1. I recall the Okanagan heat from years past. We rolled through near Osoyoos in a non a/c car with air temps of +49C when the kids were small. We stopped at a department store for buckets and a fast food store for ice. From Osoyoos to Nelson, we flicked icy drops at each other. In Nelson, the temperature dropped to +44C. Yay. Yup, air is the way to go there. We have ours on order for here for next year. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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    1. No worries about cool weather here these days Lyssy. We got to +14C (57F) for our high. Still in all, it is easier to add another layer of clothing than it is to suffer through the heat. Cheers and thanks for reading. Allan

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  2. I love your poem and wonderful countryside photos. The heatwave in Ireland was close to unbearable, too. I am excited for cooler and autumn-like weather to finally roll in so we can sit in by the roaring fire. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Good morning Aiva. Yes, fall has always been our favourite season, for a number of reasons, cooler weather, no bugs and pretty colours. It only got to +14 C here yesterday, but the week ahead should be a bit warmer. Thanks for reading and hope your week goes well. Allan

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  3. Glad you survived the heat wave. You’re right “horrible” heat is relative to the region. The temperatures you mentioned must have been bad for you guys, especially with no A/C.
    I guess the cold is next. I would rather deal with the cold than the hot, though. 🙂

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    1. Yes, the heat was not much by comparison to where you are Scott, but us poor cold climate folks can’t handle it. Definitely cooler right now. +18C (64F) today and down to +14C (57F) for a high on Friday. Yes, we can deal with the cold, just put another layer on. Thanks for reading Scott. Allan

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    1. The bad thing about A/C is that you only realize you need it when it is hot and smoky….just like everyone else. We have a quote, but the unit we want (higher efficiency/quieter/more green is only available after the season. Hopefully in place for next summer. The bike ride cooled us off as long as we were not pushing too hard and did not stop. Good to get out for sure. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend. Allan

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