Sunday, 17 July 2016

Talking About the Weather


It is fun to sit around our little Chiminea
with a glass of red and just chat.


YAWN ....... folk are talking about the weather again. Shallow meaningless chatter. Meh.

Well, it might be a shallow and meaningless conversation nowadays, but once upon a time the weather was a vital subject....the difference between starving to death or living.

Watering the pumpkin seeds.  Waiting for seeds to sprout is
such a trial for someone as impatient as I.


Isn't it interesting how consumerism has reduced weather-talk to just a topic of idle chatter for the bored.  It isn't even a topic of remote interest for any positive reason except for perhaps a trite "I hope the farmers are getting some of this...".

The weather is just a nuisance these days, that natural element that we have to endure whilst scooting from our air-conditioned, dehumidified house to a climate controlled office.  Even the washing is of no consequence as everyone has clothes dryers and uses them regardless of the weather pattern. So many food plants are grown in hot houses that are artificially climate controlled year-round (...have you ever seen the green houses in Almeria in Spain? Google it and be shocked). Most of the other meaningful stuff in our world is made from plastic or other oil derivatives which can be drilled for and pumped out of the ground in any weather.

First caramelise your onions....


 Commercial Lean Six Sigma greenbelts would oust the natural weather patterns as inefficient and counter productive if they could....way too much dead time between growing seasons which affects profitability and consumer supply and demand cycles. There is nothing positive to be said about the weather and its cycles in the context of modern living.....it messes up sports events, hairdos, vacations and road visibility. Oh wait - there is something that is positively impacted by the weather in the modern world - silly me, why didn't I remember....the fashion industry. It loves the four seasons and milks them for all they are worth (billions of our dollars I hear).

Then make your pastry from
scratch and cut into circles...

Place into tart tins whilst cutting
up Camembert cheese.
(this recipe will not work unless
you drink a glass of red!)


In many ways the weather is the last remaining bastion of realism that reminds modern folk that food production relies on water, that plants rely on seasons and that life is best experienced with a cycle of contrasts. Once upon a time most folk knew what all the types of clouds were and what they meant. Folk used to have barometers hanging up in the hallway or next to the clock to see changes in weather. Most importantly everyone used to know why weather was important and how it directly related to local food production and community abundance. Now unfortunately, if the crop fails we just buy it in from the other side of the world....at half the price.


Cook in the oven and serve warm.
French sweet caramelised onion
tarts topped with melted Camembert
and fresh parsley.
The taste is a revelation!



Time to educate ourselves on the weather again me thinks. Let's go and buy ourselves rain gauges...that might be a fun way to start.


Take care folks and stay nice.

Mr HM.

19 comments:

  1. We have a rain gauge, MrHM :-) We live in a farming area and near the 'salad bowl of Australia) so the weather is of great interest to us here in our neck of the woods.

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    1. I knew you'd be right on board Nanna Chel :-)

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  2. So true, I have definitely been guilty of this! Since moving onto acreage I have taken more notice of the way the sun moves across the sky during the year and since having a bushfire go through last year, I've started to take notice of wind direction and also the fire ratings!

    -Kelly B

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    1. It is wonderful to be able to intelligently reconnect with the seasons and the sun Kelly. It changes how we look at the world

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  3. The Weather Network is my best friend. My family thinks I'm nuts - I disagree.

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  4. Coming from a farming family and background, the weather is not just a taking up air conversation. This time last year we were on a cousins farm in north western NSW, assisting in the harvest. There was an unusual rainfall event and everyone was holding there breath to see if they were going to get in a decent grain harvest or they were going to lose the harvest to the wet. In other words, if they were going to have an income, or they were going to be bankrupt!
    Weather, more importantly the percentage of wet to dry weather, is of such vital importance to our farming communities. These communities feed us, and as you said Mr Homemaker, we need to start seeing the weather as a topic of importance to us all.
    Tracking rainfall is a great way of working in your planting schedule in the garden. It's a great way to work out when to fertigate your garden. The bom is part of my favourites and quite often looked at. I love following the weather.

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  5. I talk about the weather ALL the time :) you are absolutely right though. Many ppl are disconnected and complain about rain ruining their weekend! I love a rainy weekend!

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    1. I can remember standing at our creek as a kid and just staring at all the water rushing past and wondering how it could all be harnessed - water and rain still enthrall me.

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  6. The weather is of great importance to me--I dry clothes outside and I garden and produce a large portion of my food. But, I'm one of very few in my area. Most folks are just as you say--ignorant of their environment.

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    1. Spread the good oil Sue....someone will be waiting for your wisdom. We just never know who.

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  7. I have a large family but no dryer! Washing is dried outside whenever possible, but here in England that isn't very often. I have an airer in the kitchen and clothes lines in the garage. The weather affects my life quite a lot.

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    1. Being in UK this sounds like a huge challenge compared to sunny Australia - good onya Debbie.

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  8. Hi Phil, you are spot on. My clothes dryer is the sun and if it's raining I dry my clothes on a clothes horse. We love to check our rain gauge and sure we have times here when it get a bit too wet but gosh it's just a little inconvenience. Are we getting too soft? I really think so. Maybe it's time to toughen up a bit. Thanks for the recipe, my mouth is watering.
    Blessings Gail

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    1. Gail - to get perfect sweet onions you need to fry them down in brown sugar and balsamic vinegar then let them rest....the rest of the recipe is self explanatory.

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  9. great post! living in a country town we talk weather all the time!
    wish i had a rain gauge though, will have to get one soon, would love a barometer, i think those are great
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Bring back the wise parts of the past I say!

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  10. Here's what I know about the weather...if we need rain or a good flood, send our family camping...gauranteed to work...every time!

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