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Too darned hot

July 3, 2009

Four days of hot weather and any trace of the British spirit of  ‘mustn’t grumble’ has definitely melted away. As the papers have been eager to tell us, it hasn’t been this hot since… well, since the last time.

The heatwave sort of broke today, in that whilst people are still displaying parts of themselves in public that would be better covered up, they’re no longer staggering about clutching bottles of water and telling each other that they can’t stand it much longer.

Digging has been interesting this week. Having been reduced to a limp and muddy rag by Monday night despite drinking gallons of water, I spent some time prowling the internet in search of a cure for heat fatigue. I can now reveal that the answer is…

Crisps.

Well actually the answer seems to be Salt, but it tastes better attached to something crunchy.

I wish I’d known that during the rather warm research for Persona Non Grata, the publication of which we’ll be celebrating here at Downie Towers next week. (Using, if this weather continues, a big bag of Ready Salted and a jug of ice cubes.)

View across sunlit valley with poppies in foreground

A view from the top of the spoil heap. Taking the occasional  turn to trundle a wheelbarrow full of mud up to this point is what brings on the need for crisps.

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2 comments

  1. And just how hot is it? I see it will be 22 degrees C tomorrow in your town. I guess you wouldn’t care for the summers here in Georgia where it’s typically 35 C in the daytime. I remember when I was stationed in
    Germany in the mid 70’s when it got to about 30 in the daytime. You would have thought the Germans were going to die! This was in Stuttgart where the sun seldom shone in the summer and it usually was around 18-19 in the daytime. If it rained, the weather would stay cool for days.


  2. Er, I can’t remember! Because as you’ve spotted, it isn’t any more. 30 something, I think. We’re just not used to it. Even thinking about a place where it’s 35C every day makes me feel tired… clearly we need to toughen up a bit here!



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