the swamp cooler

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to present a post almost entirely devoted to me, so you’ll know it’ll be completely excellent. You may remember me from such posts as “The Birthday Present”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.
As you can tell, I’m not completely crazy, and enjoy lying on the cool concrete at night.

It’s been hot. This is about the most obvious thing in the world that I can say. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be 99 degrees Fahrenheit here (37.2C), and that’s hot, though the hunidity will probably be very low.
We’ve had no measurable rain here for forty-six days.
Both the constant heat and the lack of rain at this time of year are highly unusual for us. It does get hot here, but not every single day.

So, the portable swamp cooler that the guy I live with bought is pretty great. (Oh, by the way, all the stuff on the refrigerator was put there by the guy I live with’s wife.)
The sauce pan on the stove is for making hummingbird nectar, four parts water to one part sugar. You have to do this every day when it’s hot, so the hummingbirds don’t get sick.
I discovered just how great it was by lying in the path of the cool breeze. Maybe you can see the hairs on my hindquarters being blown about by the cool air.In truth, the guy I live with bought the swamp cooler for me, and I do appreciate that.

I guess I don’t need to say that not very much gardening is going on here, right now. I get to go into the canal on my walks, to cool off my paws.

Now I’ll show you some pictures which may just illustrate how dry it really is here, and then I’ll let you go for today.

Until next time, then.

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20 Responses to the swamp cooler

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Is the swamp cooler related to R2D2?

  2. Paddy Tobin says:

    Google has informed me that a swamp cooler works by drawing the hot air through wet pads and thereby distributing moist cooler air into the house. I see these advertised here at present, in our unusual hot weather, but our conditions are quite different as we have high humidity – a glass of cold water from the ‘fridge will quickly be covered in condensation to the point of dripping water. I’m staying indoors for the rest of the day. I painted the road gate this morning and felt nauseous and light-headed. A shower and several glasses of water have set me to rights again. Stay cool!

    • paridevita says:

      Yes, they really only work in low humidity, or so I hear. A lot of older greenhouses here have a whole wall of cooling pads that water trickles down, and then fans blow the air through the greenhouse.
      This thing is so excellent that when the guy I live with went to the hardware store for some rose food, he would have purchased a second one, but the store he went to didn’t carry them.
      The only drawback is that the swamp cooler is turned off when the guy I live with goes out, unlike air conditioning which can stay on.
      36.1C here today.

  3. Thanx Mistur Paddy fore xplainin what a Swamp Kewler iss! An Mani yore Guy iss wunderfull to have bott you such a grate item to keep you kewl…wee CAN see yore furss blowin inn THE foto!
    Wee too have Hi Tempss an HI Huemiditee an it iss UCKY!!! Been a long time fore us to have rain two…..butt yore place iss desert dry Mani!!!
    Pleese stay hydrated an lye onn concreete when you can!!
    You due look so happy goin walkiess two…..
    ***nose bopss*** BellaDharma an {{hugss}} BellaSita Mum

    Pee S: Wee are usin Aunty Sheila’ss old 12 inch tabletop fan on THE floor an it iss grate…keepss us kewl from pawss up! 😉

  4. Elaine says:

    The guy you live with is so considerate with keeping you cool foremost in his mind. You are lucky to have such a friend Mani. We were supposed to get 45 mm of rain today but lots of dark clouds and no moisture. Seems to be the way these days. Hope something wet comes your way soon. Meanwhile keep cool.

    • paridevita says:

      The guy I live with went to the store, and when he came back, it rained. We hoped it would really rain, but then it stopped. Not enough to do anything.
      It was really nice of him to get the swamp cooler. I guess we still might get air conditioning for next year.

  5. HeidifromDenverDryGarden says:

    I like swamp coolers! Except the ones on the roof are kind of a pain, because you have to pay someone to get up there twice a year, unless you don’t mind walking on slippery tall roofs and are handy with those sorts of things. I do get annoyed when the weather says “some chance of rain”, and it seems it never does. Please tell the guy you live with that a friend of his named Ross came to visit my garden today, and we came to chat about your garden, and he said I should visit your garden and meet you both sometime soon! So I may pester the guy you live with on Facebook to try to arrange that, and I hope he will agree to it!

    • paridevita says:

      The guy I live with talked to his neighbor about rooftop swamp coolers, and his neighbor said he’d have to go up on the roof a lot, but that doesn’t bother the guy I live with, because he spent a lot of time on roofs back in the last century, and was trained on how to use a ladder. Now when he goes on the roof he says he moves like a three-toed sloth, whatever that is.
      We like having visitors.
      I guess I’m kind of a spoiled purebred border collie, because the guy I live with is almost always at home, with me, except when he goes to the store, or to see his friend.
      Ross came over to look at the purple-leafed Prunus andersonii a while ago. I showed him around the garden.

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