Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Hot or Cold?
Poppy likes staying in the house, whatever the weather, but Beki loves to be outside. Even she can't bear this heat and both dogs have been flat out on the cool bedroom floor all day.
It's now 36 degrees (that's 97 in fahrenheit...I'm of the age where I can only really grasp fahrenheit). It's only mid-June. July and August will be much hotter. And for the twelfth year running I'm dreading it. I seem to find it harder every year to cope with the heat.
Shopping in Milas will now have to be done early morning. That was the plan yesterday. I caught the 8.15am bus and intended to return on the 9.45am bus to the village. I arrived at the bus station at 9.30am in plenty of time, but the bus was cancelled so I had to wait in the hot, sticky, shadeless bus station until the next one at 10.30am. It was market day in Milas, so the bus was crowded and I found myself pushed up against the window by a very large woman with sweaty armpits, and several bags of vegetables. And I'm always amazed at how many clothes the women here wear when it's hot. Long skirts, long sleeved tops, usually with a cardigan on top, and the obligatory headscarf of course....and socks with their sandals! Socks...for goodness sake!
Then there's the climb up the hill when I get off the bus. I swear I will die on that hill in the middle of summer. I'll never know how I manage to get as far as the house without passing out.
Of course most people who move to Turkey do so for the climate amongst other things. Not me...I moved here for love of course.
So it has prompted me to ask the question. Are you happy with the climate you live in? Do you prefer hot or cold weather?
My ideal climate would be around 65 to70 fahrenheit for most of the year, but with cold spells every so often. I like to sit outside in the sunshine but not when it's too hot. There's nothing I like more than snuggling up under the electric blanket in winter. Mind you...talking about my electric blanket right now has made me feel quite faint!
So...what's the perfect climate for you?
(Edit...whilst writing this post the temperature has risen to 100 F. I think I should get rid of the thermometer...somehow knowing the temperature makes me feel worse!)