It's 40C outside; too hot to be in the garden. I went out early and gave everything a good water and tied up some shade, an eclectic mix of old pergola covers and op-shop sheets. I'm not sure whether they will help but at least the garden is looking colourful. I'm a bit worried about my tomato plants. Some of them are not looking all that good; more yellow leaves than is normal and this hot weather won't help. I've just checked on the chickens and they are OK. I changed their water, gave them some watermelon from the fridge and made them a little mud bath in their coop to try and keep them cool. Chickens are a bit silly sometimes and tend not to drink when their water gets a bit warm so in these extreme temperatures it's important to provide them with fluids.
Instead of gardening outdoors, I've been inside doing some sewing. The creative energy level in our street is high at the moment. My friend and Humble Habit blogger DuckEggBlue has been sewing up a storm at her place, making pants and cute bunting decorations for her family. It inspired me to organise my fabric stash and make some cushions.Most of my fabric (including this georgeous yellow velvet) comes from the op shop or from my lovely neighbour who makes cushions for a living, and occasionally passes on big bags of fabric goodies. I made the pattern up as I went along, using patchwork for the front and two pieces at the back to make an envelope to slip the cushion pad into
Here are the results: a nice bright one for the sunroom and some more earthy-toned ones for the lounge. Happy New Year everyone!