The U.K. is currently experiencing a heatwave and I am loving every second of it. I seem to be in the minority – my Facebook and Twitter timelines are filled with complaints about it being too hot to handle – but I have embraced what will almost certainly be our only summer weather this year. Let’s face it, as a nation we spend so many months complaining about the cold, rain and dark, spending a fortune on foreign holidays just so we can experience this sort of weather, so I have little understanding of why everyone is so unhappy about it. I’ve taken full advantage of the temperature change – I’ve done loads of laundry and put it outside (having to time it in order to avoid the barbecues from the neighbours), opened loads of windows around the house, sat in a beer garden drinking a cider with my friend at the local pub, made some summery food and eaten ice-cream. Perfect. The only regret I have is that we are far away from a beach, otherwise you would have found me with my feet in the sand.
However, there are a few things that I have to be careful about when being outside. My skin is so pale that on certain days I resemble a bottle of milk and I burn easily (indeed, I managed to get slightly red and sore on my arms and neck just from hanging my washing out the other day). I’ve learnt the hard way over the years of just how sensitive my skin is – recklessly frying myself on numerous occasions (the worst being on holiday in Malia where the skin on one side of my face was so burned that it shrivelled up, and then again in Barcelona where my feet swelled up to the point that they could barely fit into my shoes), so I’ve been more conscious of applying sun cream, particularly as I had a skin biopsy a little while ago that was scary. I also suffer quite severely with hayfever, so my morning routine has had to incorporate antihistamines and eye drops. Tip: put a small amount of Vaseline on the inside of your nostrils when you go to bed at night – it really takes the edge off the following morning.
I’m also in the lucky position where I can enjoy it – I haven’t got much in the way of supply or invigilating over the next week, so this gives me a much needed opportunity to focus on posts, and I have every intention of taking my milk bottle self out into the back garden so I can write away!
What about you guys? Are you enjoying the heatwave?
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