Hello from the Tropics of the UK!
Yes, Britain is slap-bang in the middle of a heat wave! The government have issued a ‘yellow’ warning, which means ‘BE AWARE’ – be aware? I don’t need the government to tell me, I can feel it! Trickling down the back of my neck, under my arms and on my brow, to be honest it looks as though I’ve sprung a leak! Yes it’s hot, in fact it was 32° earlier and I think it’s getting hotter. I’m sat inside Harry, sounds mad but our new pitch is great for sunbathing if you have rhino skin! It’s fine first thing in the morning and then it gets the sun until after 5p.m. with no shade at all. I must point out that I’m not complaining, I love the sun and it’s so much more pleasant than bird poo!!
I have all the windows open and am grateful for each small breeze that brushes past me every now and then. I’ve had to drag Charlie inside, as I have a dog who adores the sun and doesn’t seem to seek the shade like most intelligent dogs … he doesn’t know when to stop! He will lay in full sun, huffing and puffing, panting and salivating and making the most awful noises but still lies in the sun regardless of the coaxing and cajoling to get him to go into the shade. He transforms from loving pooch into something that resembles the Tasmanian Devil ! I have a solution that I’ve used a few times in the past, I drench his towel in cold water, wring it out a bit and lay it on top of him. He gives me a look of disgust when I initially place it on him but he soon gets used to it and it seems to do the trick! To be honest I think it has saved his life a few times! It has caused a couple of odd looks from neighbouring campers I can tell you.
I did try pouring a bottle of coldish water over him, but as a dog who cannot stand water in any form this didn’t go down too well, he went off with a “flea in his ear” and rolled and rolled until he was hotter than before I’d put the water on him, so that was totally pointless and I’ve spent the afternoon in the dog house!! He won’t even look at me:(
On other matters; today is our official Wedding Anniversary, a tad warmer than when we married in 1981 – it was a very grey day and I ended up wearing the groom’s jacket to keep me warm!!
We celebrated again at lunch time with another salad!! Well, it was surely too hot to eat anything but salad! It was delicious and washed down with a glass of chilled white wine.
As we are in a Motorhome, the idea of which is that you move and you take your home with you! !(However, we are stuck in Limbo at the moment and so haven’t ventured futher than the local campsite, perhaps we should’ve bought a static caravan instead!), I thought I would explain a little about organisation of cupboards etc. Obviously, as at home, we need everything to hand, however, due to the shortage of space, we had to be absolutely ruthless when deciding what we brought with us and what we discarded or stored away. As a result I sometimes look in these cupboards and wonder if we’re going to manage with so few belongings, so far to date there is nothing we have missed so maybe there’s a lesson for us all, it also appeals to the minimalist in me!
We’ve had a couple of trips in Harry and the idea is that when you’re on the move, everything stays in it’s place, it doesn’t rattle, fall over or break! The only thing I have made of china is a couple of mugs so these get wrapped in bubble wrap when we move – everything else is made of plastic or acrylic. Each drawer is departmentalised (I don’t know if that is even a word but it seems to fit with what I’m trying to say) within it’s own space. So we have compartments within drawers and cupboards. I’ve taken a couple of photos to show you the idea.
Lastly, I would like to again thank all the new followers to this blog, and I believe there are even some of the Hubster’s customers now following our adventure, not that it’s even started yet.
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