Apparently, New Zealand's weather is 'four seasons in one day'. This week, the phenomenon is in full swing. This is some craaazy weather!
Mostly it's deleriously hot, but last night the clouds blew in and it rained right through to morning. On Monday the temps dropped to the point of jersey-wearing. Currently it's 26C (78F), but with a feisty breeze jostling the trees around.
Every living thing around here: humans, cats, plants, suddenly need/s a lot more water. I've filled the cats' bowl three times today (must obtain a bigger one for next week when I'm not here) and I'm on my third litre.
Extreme temperatures (either hot or cold) are a challenge for the human body, and staying hydrated helps us cope. Water plays a role in internal temperature control (thermoregulation), maintenance of blood pressure, nutrient transport and removal of toxins. Even slight dehydration can leave you feeling like my courgette (zucchini) plant looked 15 minutes ago:
|I'm feeling all droopy and unmotivated, just don't feel like making any more courgettes today..|
Ohmygod, says I, and put on my water can hero undies. Ten minutes later:
|Woohooo! Let's get on with it!|
I was going to make a rude joke about this plant always being pleased to see me, but no matter how I word it, it sounds lame.
The courgette plants certainly achieve. This thing was half the size yesterday.
Here's another one. We've been picking one or two every day.
I'm thinking zucchini cake for tomorrow night. I'm long overdue for a Foodie Friday.
Do you have a favourite courgette/zucchini recipe?
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