Monday, 18 July 2016

Mad Dogs and Englishmen



Mad dogs and English cyclists go out in the morning sun.  

While everyone else in the hamlet was up early this morning and wisely watering their potagers, Paul and Susan donned their lycra and set forth on their bicycles.  Cycling through the wooded valleys was gloriously cool, with the scent of honeysuckle in the air but all good things come to an end.  In no time at all we were back out into full sunshine and tackling the long climb home.  At least we got back home before the full heat of the day.





The forte chaleur of the next two days, with temperatures rising to 40 degrees, will see the bikes parked in the barn and we will have to wait for cooler weather before we venture out again.   This old stone house keeps remarkably cool providing we keep the shutters closed during the day.  If things get too hot we resort to switching on the air conditioning unit.  I really get upset if the ice melts too quickly in my martini.




13 comments:

  1. Yup, stay indoors today. I shall join all the others watering like crazy before the onslaught begins, then I shall go outdoors as little as possible; it's dangerous.

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    1. It's been very pleasant this morning in the shade providing one doesn't move too quickly but after lunch I shall definitely be indoors.

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  2. It was our first really hot day of summer, I contemplated going for a ride on my bike but hadn't got the energy. Today is going to be even hotter, I have been wandering round the garden in my dressing gown and am already hot and sweaty, the poor tomato plants are wilting in the greenhouse.

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    1. Our poor climbing roses got completely scorched by the heat yesterday.

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  3. We are both wandering about and deciding that we really do not need to go out anywhere today. Lunch from Sunday's left overs and I'll defrost bread if required. The car will have a bit of a holiday this week. The Dog is just flopped out.

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    1. Yes, best thing is to stay at home in the cool and drink plenty of fluids, hic!

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    2. Very hot here too. That drink looks refreshing. Drink plenty of fluids upside down, takes the hiccups away ;)
      Greetings Maria x

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  4. I think we are very lucky that on this holy isle the temp is just 30C with a gentle breeze flowing through the widow it isn't too bad.

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  5. I mean Window not widow.... it must be something I consumed :-)

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  6. Scorching hot (and humid) here in North Yorkshire too.

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    1. I've just been outside (9.30 p.m. French time) and it's still very hot. It will be hard to sleep tonight. Hope Farmer's haymaking went well.

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