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Too hot to handle

Friday, July 19, 2013

Not hot in the good sense, I don't mean. Not at my age. It's been about 30C (mid 80s F) in the UK for a week and we're suffering. Well honestly, we're not used to it. For the last three years we got no summer, just extra rain. This year, however my garden's like a blasted heath.

In the bit of Epping Forest that I walked in the blog called 'Mud, mud glorious mud', the muddiest walk of many very muddy walks I did in the winter, the walk where I stood and watched the water trickle across the path in front of me, they have had grass fires today. This is a pity because I walked the same walk north to south last weekend and did the thing in two and a half hours flat panting all the way because it was hot and I really pushed myself. So 2.5 hours, where it took me four hours the last time because of all the mud.

I've said it before I'm sure but there is nothing more glorious than an English meadow in high summer.

Soooo . . . what to do in this sort of weather? Pack extra water, firstly. Secondly wear few clothes but if you're me, you keep covered up owing to mozzies and sunburn, neither of which enhance my style.

Also, get up staggeringly early to start walking. I mean aim to start walking by 8am because by 12 it will be sweltering. I'm forgetting some of you live in places like Arizona where the weather does this for months on end, yes? Boy, I admire you. At work for the last week we've all been sitting around drooping at each other. I've even been drinking beer but not at work cos they'd look at me funny.

Well, it is an excuse to eat ice cream too. Which I have been doing. I have had a little SparkBreak and now I'm raring to go. Also I have to get my eating habits in order because I've regressed a bit - don't know by how much - and I'm too scared of my doctor to see her till I've lost it again and I'm supposed to see her every couple of months.

Onwards and downwards!
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  • LIS193
    Great pics!
    1719 days ago
  • KAREN608
    That would be cool for Iowa summers. I must live in the wrong location.
    1720 days ago
  • DR1939
    We've had hot weather here, 88-94F/32C for the last month. Usually we have a week of 90+ and then it cools down. It's stayed around 70F/21C at night. The humidity has been high also. I don't walk in that kind of weather. It is dangerous for people with heart problems. It has been cool the last few days. Right now at 3:25pm/15:15 it is 70 and will drop to 52F/11C tonight. It's just been crazy weather.
    1726 days ago
    Are you trying to do yourself in? Walking too fast with the temps so high? Here in Oklahoma when it gets too hot we don't go out unless we have to. But we've had rain for two days now.

    It's good to have you back, however briefly. emoticon
    1727 days ago
    My sympathies. The summer of '78 was when my kids could finally wear shorts in England - and I was many months pg. Ugh!

    Sorry Epping Forest had grass fires, and hope there will be no more. Thanks for sharing your adventures and pictures.
    1727 days ago
    Nice to have you back. Here in CT we had 105 with humidity figured in. 98 without. This went on for almost 2 weeks. I am not looking forward to getting my electric bill. The last three days have been on the cool side which has been a welcome relief.
    1727 days ago
    Welcome back from your spark break.
    1727 days ago
    Welcome back. With the heat and humidity here in Florida I have been going out for my walk at 6am. Hope you get some rain soon.
    1733 days ago
    Glad to see you back from your spark break. emoticon
    Sorry to hear you are too hot, Ice cream and beer helps ,makes you happy to LOL
    Have has some myself ,living in Florida.
    I do hope it gets better over there ,seems you all need some rain.
    Thanks for the pix and the blog ,take care now, have something cold. emoticon
    1733 days ago
    We are going through the same thing here in Pennsylvania also. Summer has it's pro's and con's like any other season and I seek to advantage of the pro's knowing that it won't last long.
    Sounds like you are doing the same. Way to go!
    1733 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    No rain in England? Yikes! It really does look dry, dry, dry. Here, near Charlotte, NC, we're enjoying the cooler temperatures in the mid-80's with the humidity below 60%, instead of 80%. Lucky us though, everyone has central air conditioning. I couldn't live without it!

    You'll have to start tracker again--if you do that. Check out the new calorie counter on the nutrition tracker. It's an interface with the fitness tracker. I discovered I wasn't eating enough when I exercised!
    1734 days ago
    Welcome back! emoticon I saw the grass fires reported on the news, I hope they're under control now.
    1734 days ago
    Sorry for the bad weather you are suffering from. I can definitely relate. I do all walking after sundown.
    1734 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/20/2013 3:38:18 PM
    Great to see you again!

    i was in Canada this past week on vacation. I had to keep reminding myself they difference their temps. On the news on the news they said " it will be a high of 32 but will feel like 40 so stay hydrated". In the Chicago area those temperatures mean an entirely different thing.

    Great pictures as usual!
    1734 days ago
    Glad to hear from you again emoticon

    The heat here in Michigan has been staggering (in the 90s) for a week now. I'm thankful for my TM in the basement where it is cooler.

    Love the pics!
    1734 days ago
    I admire you for sticking to it with walking in this heat. Four hour walk down to 2.5! Last year our garden was blasted with heat all summer. This year is somewhat milder, except last week. We're getting a much needed shower here today. Hope yours is on the way.
    1734 days ago
    I live in the central ohio area and we've had a lot of rain as well as high temperatures (90F and higher). This coming week we're supposed to cool down a bit. Extreme weather is NOT fun - lol And your right - the English countryside is a very beautiful place.
    1734 days ago
    Glad to see you again
    1734 days ago
    Welcome back, Sparkler. I was wondering where you'd gone.
    1734 days ago
    Which reminds me, I haven't been by your other blog in a few weeks.

    Kansas gets warm too - not near as bad as Arizona but it has been plenty warm.

    I find I do best walking early until 10 am, and then hole up inside out of the heat until it breaks, around 4 pm and then again through the evening. I'm not sure I would want to be walking alone at night in your parks, but around in our neighborhood, cell phone coverage and all that, not so bad.

    What was that nonesence about "only mad dogs and Englishmen going out in the heat of the day? Middle of the day? Some such!!

    Glad to read your blog here again, although I liked reading the one off this site...

    1734 days ago
  • 1SALMON1
    Happy happy to see a blog from you! Such a treat to read - the image of you & your co-workers drooping at each other is delightful. I agree with you about skeeters and sunburn - they can ruin a day outside and a few subsequent days as well. We are having cloudy mornings in the 60s and sunny afternoons in the mid 80s here in my part of Oregon USA. We've been (I think?) a couple of weeks without rain. However the forecasters keep saying it will be warmer than it actually turns out to be so I feel like we are getting off easy. Thank you for sharing - you made me smile, as always.
    1734 days ago
  • POPSY190
    That's why we don't live in Australia - they have 40C+ in summer there. I don't know how they cope.
    1734 days ago
  • EABL81
    Nice to see you back. We're sweltering over this side of the Atlantic as well. Nothing to do but slog on. In about 6 months we'll all be complaining about the cold and the snow. Right about now, snow sounds rather nice.
    1734 days ago
    So glad to see you blogging here again! Not glad to see London suffering in a heat wave. If I could send you the excess rain we are strangely experiencing this year in Atlanta, I would. Thank you for sharing your hike with us!

    1734 days ago
    SO glad you are blogging again! You always make us feel we are right there with you on your walks & life's experiences.
    1735 days ago
    Glad to see you blogging again. We are just starting our monsoon season here after almost 3 weeks of 90+ temperatures.
    1735 days ago
    Glad to see you posting again. I always love your descriptions of your walks.

    I had heard it was hot in Britain this summer but I didn't realize you haven't had rain. If I could send you some of ours I would. I don't think it rained yesterday and it hasn't rained yet today, but the first 17 days of July it rained every day but one here in the Upstate of South Carolina. The ground is so saturated that each new rain we get there is flooding somewhere in the area.

    1735 days ago
    I am so glad you posted - have really missed your hikes and you! I always forget to check your other blog.

    I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan near Lake Superior. It's been hotter than the dickens here. Most of us do not have air conditioning because we don't really have that many days that are hot-hot-=HOT! But the past few weeks have been in the 90's. Woo... to hot for this gal. We are supposed to get a break in the heat on Saturday to only mid 70's with down to 49 degrees at night. lovely sleep weather if the humidity calms down too.

    Glad to have you back my Spark friend.
    1735 days ago
    I think it's been an especially hot summer almost everywhere so far. It's been in the 90's (F) all week here in North NJ with heat index warnings posted daily. We won't get a reprieve until Sunday, when it's supposed to only get to 85F.

    Exactly what are mozzies??

    I've also been craving ice cream, but have created frozen yogurt pops instead, which do rather well in place of calorie rich ice cream!

    I hope you get cooler weather and rain soon!!
    1735 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    Lovely to see a new blog. It has been hot here too, mid 90's (F) which is 10 degrees above normal. I enjoy summer, but understand completely about sunburn and mozzies. Hope you get a weather break soon. emoticon emoticon
    1735 days ago
    Dear friend,
    I have missed your cheeky blogs and your pictures of GREEN landscapes.
    Your bluebell background picture is one of my all-time favorites.
    Even when dry, your area is much greener than mine, and when I look at it, it's almost as good as having a holiday!
    Here's hoping you get some rain soon!
    Happy hiking! emoticon
    1735 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    So nice to see a blog from you again, glad you are still out there. emoticon
    1735 days ago
    Oh no! I knew that it had been hot in England, but didn't realize you were suffering from a lack of rain as well. The brown grass in your photos is sad to see. I wish I could send you some rain from Texas, but we haven't any to spare. Most of the state has been in a severe drought for a couple of years now.

    I'm crossing all bodily appendages that we both see some rain soon! emoticon
    1735 days ago
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