We are living in an oven. We haven't had rain for 30 days, and our property is dry as dust and we are about to run out of water.
Our neighbours chickens have moved in to our garden permanently, or at least it feels that way. I put water out for them daily and they seem happy to snooze in our hedges and steal the bird food on the lawn.
Some of the girls are determined to be "oven ready" and park themselves decoratively inside a terra cotta pot. Sometimes they share, sometimes they don't.
Meanwhile the cats enjoy watching them, which is all they have the energy for in this blistering heat.
The sky has been full of rain clouds which promised much and delivered not a drop. On Monday we will need to buy a tank load of water.