Stephanie Colpron is our host for the MLMM Tale Weaver Challenge.
So what if your character (or you) woke up one day in a world where the climate is drastically different from your usual experience?
Is it a choice? Did you move countries (I do recall the shock of my first Canadian winter) and are you experiencing a new climate?
Is it something that happened overnight (magic, apocalypse…)? Do you do something to change it back?
We can’t deny that the seasons are no longer as we knew them.
There is no Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter anymore, and we cannot determine the month with temperatures, neither can you sort out your wardrobe to match the seasons.
Although we haven’t seen a dramatic change in the way we live, sometimes we think how nice it would be to live somewhere where it was warm all year. We don’t want sweltering heat because that doesn’t suit either of us, but to have a warm climate instead of a wet one, one that is freezing cold at the drop of a hat (or a gust of wind off the North Sea), or airlessly hot with no breeze at all, wears us down, drains our energy, and affects our mood as well as our overall health.
When you’re cold, you can add layers. With current issues affecting electricity and gas supplies to households, there is a likelihood that this winter may be our coldest yet. Although we have gas central heating, it is run by an electric pump. We also cook by electricity, so if that fails, it will be chilly and cold meals only for many here.
If it’s wet outside, our bungalow is not that well designed as regards space for getting outer wear dry, though we have tried to make the most of what there is available. When we were on the boat, getting wet was a problem, especially as we had no garden so for Maggie to do her business meant a trip up to the dog walk. At least we had our helm covers which gave us an extra ‘room’ for hanging our wet coats and not having them add to any condensation issues inside.
When it’s too hot, there is only so much you can take off to keep cool unless you’re in the comfort of your own home and keep the drapes closed, but when the air is oppressive and heavy, that becomes a problem to the extent that sometimes it’s difficult to breathe.
Too hot or too cold the skin always takes a beating. We become blotchy and flaky, and even the most expensive moisturisers on the market aren’t a match for rectifying the affects of climate change.