It's official - we are suffering (and I mean suffering) from a proper canicule - a heat wave. There are health warnings going out on the TV etc, and frankly, I'm just glad that people recognise that this heat is seriously horrible! Sarah was commenting yesterday on how tidy the house must be with us hiding indoors from the heat, but sadly, temps in the 30s all day and night mean that you can do any amount of 'faffing' but things like the hoovering remain undone! Last night I 'faffed' by mending this pretty piano-stool cover, and today I stapled it on the piano stool - big improvement. But tidying the heap of junk upstairs? No way - no energy!Here's a sort of timetable of our canicule days - made up of a couple of days' worth of events and photos.
7 am Wake up because sun is already uncomforably hot on our bed - we sleep with bedroom doors and windows wide open to get a bit of a breeze.
8am Breakfast on the terrace if it's not too sunny already.
8.30 am Quick! Get the washing up done before it's too hot to go near warm water!
8.40am Quick! Get the washing on the line before the sun begins to burn fair skin!
9am Quick! Pick beans while they're still in the shade of the hedge.
9.30 am Make soup (own recipe - Green Veg that Needs Eating Up Soup - includes the beans) before it gets too hot to be in kitchen.
10am Blend soup - I love our Billy Blender!
10.30am Too hot - get out of kitchen! Staple piano stool cover on to grotty black piano stool - big improvement.
11am Accept Son 2's invitation into the pool - what a good idea! Very refreshing while it lasts...
11.30am - 5pm Too hot to do anything! Blog. Watch nature documentaries. Get ratty with each other.
5pm Back into the pool - phew!
5.30pm Walk dog and collect blackberries with boys. Only pick berries in shady places. Remember water bottles. Dog is disappointed because the stream has dried up.
6.30pm Pool - phew!
7pm - 8pm Might be cool enough to eat something, at least for the boys.
9-10pm Might be cool enough, with fan and ice blocks, for the boys to get to bed.
10pm It's getting nice now, in the high 20s perhaps. Still hot, but bearable. New fit of enthusiasm - help Ben to jar some peaches, or make blackberry jelly.
11pm Time to relax and eat some of the lovely salmon and chive cake (French cake is usually savoury) made by our friend Matthew. Can't watch TV because all doors are open to catch a breeze in the stuffy bedrooms.
Well, I don't want to over-dramatise things because I realise some of you live in hotter countries than we do! But for the poor, fair British, this is quite hot and we are looking forward to the end of the canicule...
Look! Sharon of Clover Cottage gave me an award! Thanks so much Sharon - so is your blog! Maybe when it's not so hot, I'll pass it on!
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