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We have succumbed to the coldest cold snap since 1971 and the gauntlet of people “soldiering on” while explosively sharing their diseases in public, and have been battling with serious primary and secondary infections from which we have yet to recover.
Meanwhile work continues slowly but surely on our self-financing effort via the subdivision of our land. When it is completed and pays off, one aim is to make this house a more fit place in which to live and work.
Too many Australian houses tend to have little to no insulation, no central heating and no cooling, leading to poor health outcomes, as well as mediocre lighting. In winter, temperatures inside these houses are lower than outside. The houses in the suburbs where we live are no exception, even amongst the largest and most expensive of them.
Way back in 1949, the great Austrian-Australian architect Harry Seidler began work on his very first house, for his parents Rose and Max Seidler. Rose Seidler House in eastern Wahroonga showed Australians how to create modern, affordable, eminently livable houses.
Mr Seidler added two more such houses for other family members to the compound, each sharing traits that he had explored in his parents’ house such as a centrally-located fireplace.
Although Rose Seidler House rapidly became “the most talked about house in Sydney“, and many self-builders in the area were inspired by Seidler’s vision of modernism in architecture, few seemed to have learned his lessons about lighting, heating, cooling, insulation, kitchens and space. Our previous house, inspired by Rose Seidler House and built by the father of a female Australian expatriate movie director, was an example of that.
I have just returned from seeing my doctor (yet again) to find out if there is any way this long, drawn-out illness can be better treated. She shared with us that the height of the influenza season is due to arrive early August and may last longer than it usually does.
Influenza season normally comes early September and lasts through October. The climate change plus global warming that our political overlords insist does not exist is playing havoc with the seasons and seasonal patterns like flowers breaking into bloom, wildlife mating, aerial allergens attacking throats and noses, are appearing sooner and are lasting longer.
This has been a very dry winter, usually heralding a dry spring and summer, and the many costly bushfire protection measures the local council has insisted that we install onto this little old house may well pay for themselves this year and next.
My doctor related how many of her patients are still unsure whether to be inoculated against the most recent most common four strains of influenza. We had it done the day it appeared locally in April.
There is always the chance of those strains mutating and that is what occurred in my case, but better to fork out the cash to get it done especially given she is now warning all and sundry against going out in public over the next several weeks if not inoculated.
Meanwhile we have spent another small fortune on medication to try and return me to productive work.
- ArchitectureAU – Australia’s poor housing contributing to cold-related deaths
- Curbed – Australia’s iconic modern architect, Harry Seidler, rediscovered in new film