WARNING: This is a ramble. I repeat this is a ramble.
It is hot in the UK at the moment. For the last week it has been almost constantly in the late 20s to early 30s (degrees centigrade).
Now I know there are some of you out there where that kind of temperature is nothing. But this is the UK... we aren't used to this kind of heat. Every couple of years we might have 2 or 3 days of sun but that's about it. The last time we had a heatwave like this (apparently it is being classed as a heatwave) was in 2006.
Something that makes weather like this unbearable is having hay fever (I love some of the advice they give out for hay fever sufferers - which tends to be DON'T GO OUTSIDE!). I can't really sleep with the windows open, and walking along outside can be difficult when EVERYONE is cutting their grass (and yes I do take hay fever medication - but that does have it's limits).
So heatwave facts. I haven't actually slept in bed for over a week, I've been sleeping on top of the covers. I haven't worn socks for a week, and I have worn nothing but dresses for just under a week.
The building I used to work in has lovely air conditioning. But the building we expanded in to and I had to move in to has no air conditioning whatsoever - fans just seem to move warm air around the room (that being the same room that has 4 computers running in it).
And as I briefly mentioned last week my skin has 2 shades - pale and burnt, so I can't even lounge around in the sun without first having a bath in sun lotion of the highest factor.
In other news I had a bit of a splurge online at New Look - if you can call 3 tops, a pair of knickers, a bracelet and a necklace a splurge. But this splurge got me thinking. Every winter I put my 'summer' clothes in vacuum bags, and every summer I do the same with my 'winter' clothes.
Well I use these times to get rid of some clothes that I haven't been wearing or don't want any more. And I can already think of a few tops I'll be getting rid of - even though when I took them out of the vacuum bag not too long ago I made the decision to keep them.
And by getting rid of I mean take to the charity shop, and for a slightly selfish reason - I can't be bothered at the moment to put them on eBay. I can't be bothered to go through the rigmarole of photographing the items, and describing them, and working out postage, and for them not to sell the first 2 or 3 times, and then having to post them.
So I'll be lazy and let the charity shops in my area have them instead.
If you're in the UK how are you coping with the heat? And if you're not in the UK what's the weather like where you are?