Monday Walk Thoughts 23rd July

I was awake early again, and out walking Maggie by 8am. Hubby was still asleep after another bad night.
Our route is more or less set first thing now, so Maggie is content to plod in the direction of the park to do her business.

Order of the day today is starlings. Our back garden was full of them this morning, which might not be that surprising bearing in mind what we’ve been doing lately. The stuff we’ve been using is safe for pets except fish and harmless to birds, so if there were any blighters in the grass, hopefully our feathered friends got them.

Because of the heat, the thunder flies are coming out in droves, so we have a citronella candle going indoors to keep them at bay.
It’s hot again today. By 9am, the temperature was already in the mid twenties and climbing. There is an amber alert, warning people to keep out of the sun between now and Friday. We have plenty of supplies in so could do just that without setting foot outside apart from Maggie doing her business.
This is a holiday resort, for all ages, and people are out on the beach, in the streets and in the park with no sunhats, skimpy tee shirts (women) and shorts, short shorts or shorter skirts which leave nothing to the imagination. In fact, some of it is so gross as these people are ‘BIG’, and look like walking sizzling cuts of belly pork.
I felt for one woman yesterday who had caught the sun and was lobster red, blistered and peeling. She was wearing an off the shoulder tee shirt with a scooped neckline, flowery shorts, large sunglasses and flip flops. I would put her in her late forties, early fifties and not exactly slim. She looked painful.

Hubby and I are staying indoors. We hate the heat and would gladly welcome a snow storm just now. When it’s cold, you can add layers, and we can deal with that. When it’s hot like this, we can be arrested trying to cool off, and one article on YAHOO a little while ago said you should warn your neighbours if you intended to sunbathe nude in your own garden. Yeah…… I can imagine the drooling peeping toms too.

The temperature in the bedroom when I turned off the light at 11.35 last night was 24.6º.
The hall is currently at 25.7º, and the bedrooms 24.5º and 23.8º . They are at the back of the house and haven’t got the sun yet.
Maggie has managed to find a cool spot behind my chair, and is asleep. She is feeling it more than us, and we have dampened her face and coat in an effort to keep her cool. She is drinking OK, and we are changing her water twice a day so that is always fresh for her.
Walks are first thing in the morning between 7 and 8 with a short walk around lunchtime if she wants to go out, and between 8pm and 9 pm before we go to bed.

These pictures were taken on July 19th

According to the weather site we look at, the sea water temperature is 19º here, that’s warmer than we keep the house in the winter. We can only imagine what it would be like on the boat (2016 was bad enough) or in a caravan/camper on holiday.
Photo: the beach in February, renamed White Sands. Oh I wish!!!!!

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Monday Walk Thoughts 23rd July

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    I know having a fan with play havoc with your electricity bills, but maybe it’s worth it, just in this extreme heat, which can make you sick.

    • We’ve thought about it and have all the windows and door open. As long as we can get airflow through the house, we’re OK. When the wind backs, it’s lovely! We are thinking about investing in ceiling fans though as they don’t drain the electricity as much as a free standing one.

  2. scifihammy says:

    I guess people just aren’t used to burning in the sun, so don’t really think about it. We see them all the time over here, just as you describe. They stand out from the locals who wear factor 50 sun cream, sunhats, sunglasses and cover their shoulders. The tourists still seem to want to get a tan and do not realise you just burn here – very badly.
    You can pop an ice cube or two in Maggie’s water bowl and give her treats by freezing a little kibble in water in an empty yoghurt pot. She’ll have fun licking that. 🙂
    We had 27C yesterday – mid-winter. Global warming is here folks!

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