This heatwave that is happening in southern Australia has got me thinking and reminiscing about our wedding day almost 13 years ago. You see the weather was probably identical to that they are experiencing at the moment…. HOT. So bloody hot.
We were married on Valentines Day 2004, I know – corny right, but it just so happened to fall on a Saturday and that was the day we got married. Also helps Mr Chardy remember our anniversary I suppose.
My gorgeous home town of Mudgee is where this
grand event took place and usually a wedding would be glorious at this time of year. Usually, just not in 2004 and it seems not in 2017 either. You see there was a heatwave happening the whole time we were down there.
Now one would think that you would leave the NT and head for cooler weather… wrong. The Mudgee Guardian’s – the local newspaper – headline read: “Record – 10 days above 40” or something like that. All we know it was hot and we had come from the NT so that was saying something.
There is one difference between the heat up here and the same heat down there: AIR-CONDITIONING. We are set up for the heat up here which is probably evident by the 8 split systems I have in my lovely cool house. Usually you wouldn’t really need this type of cooling down south. Open a window and put a fan on, that is how I grew up. It just didn’t seem to cut it back in 2004. You know it is hot when DD (my Mum) closes most of the house off and puts the old air-conditioner (circa 1972) on because you know – power bill!
In this photo I can just tell that we are gazing into each others eyes and thinking “oh FFS it is hot, lets hurry things up before I slip over in my own pool of sweat”…
So yes, we sweated our arses off the whole time we were down south for the wedding festivities. From the gorgeous un-airconditioned church to the resort reception where the evaporative air-conditioning just didn’t cut the mustard. Oh the heat. I know that anyone who attended our wedding will remember one thing: the heat. When I think of our wedding I don’t remember a whole lot apart from THE HEAT (did I mention it was hot?)! The reception venue just couldn’t keep the water up to us all so we were sucking back glasses of bubbly like it was walking out the door.
During the ceremony at the church my Aunty Annie and Uncle Ter handed out water to the guests to try and keep them alive…
We then headed to the Sunshine Coast for our honeymoon where the heat wave continued, everywhere we went it was hot. We were so relieved when we returned to the NT and to some cooler weather. It was just ridiculous.
So yes, I am thinking of you all down south at the moment and know exactly what you are going through. I think we are used to that sort of weather (well not 43 degrees, that is just stupid). When I say “we” I mean everyone else because I really do prefer to stick with my split systems.
And what about the terrible bushfires that are happening at the moment, just terrible. How scary!! We have been thinking of you all and hope that you stay safe and try to find a cool spot. I can’t even imagine.
I really think the only thing to do in that heat is whip out the blender and mix yourself one of our famous Japanese Slippers!!!
So Happy Valentines Day to you all for tomorrow and happy 13th wedding anniversary to us. I can’t believe it has been 13 years.
Now tell me. Were you at our wedding?
Still have revolting memories of THAT HEAT?
Sweat dripping down your bum?