Sunday, 12 August 2012
Beating the heat
I can sometimes manage a couple of hours sleep around 3am when it's not quite so hot, but I'm up and about at 5.30am. I'll do cooking at this time, water the garden, sweep the balcony and driveway, or do some housework. I then enjoy sitting on the balcony around 6.30am with a coffee. But by 7.30am it's hot and I go back inside the house.
During the mornings the sitting room is hot so I stay mostly in the bedroom with the ceiling fan on. If I need a nap in the afternoon, I move to the sitting room and switch on the aircon for a couple of hours. Two hours is as much as I can stand of the aircon before getting a headache.
After the fiasco on Tuesday when I attempted to get shopping in Milas, only to be left waiting for my return bus for two hours, I made another attempt yesterday.
This time I caught the bus to Milas at 8.40am. There weren't any passengers to pick up on the way so the journey was faster than usual. I got off the bus at the Carrefour supermarket on the outskirts of the town at 8.55am, to find that the supermarket was shut for staff training. I therefore walked to the next supermarket, Migros, arriving at 9am. Thanks to the aircon in the shop I was able to dash around and pick up my shopping and get through the check-out by 9.15am. I crossed over the dual carriageway just in time to catch the bus to the village at 9.20am. Back home by 9.55am, feeling quite satisfied that it worked out this time.
This weather is set to continue for weeks to come. I hate it. I'd like to go out and about more, but the thought of standing around waiting for buses in this heat makes me feel ill. I can't wait for cooler weather and a return to a normal life.