Southern California has entered the wild fires and Santa Ana winds season. While people 'down under' the other side of the equator are warming up for spring and the rest of the north is hunkering down for rain, snow and ice, we are facing wind, heat, and fire.
So far, Willow's Cottage has been affected only by the smoke from the Porter Ranch fire just north of Los Angeles. I saw the bank of smoke rolling along the foothills yesterday on my way home from tutoring and called The Professor to check and make sure that our area had not caught fire. No, it was the smoke from east of us.
Today, the students at my school were not allowed to run and jump at recess. Walking around the school yard was permitted. It seems that our air quality is at red alert. Ellen and I elected to pass on our walk this afternoon and spare our lungs.
I'm going to water our back garden before I leave for tutoring. And I plan to take extra water and a snack, just in case I am delayed getting home.
It's quite warm here so my thoughts are on cooling beaches and crashing surf!