Monday, November 9, 2009

South For The Summer



I had been chatting breezily about the weather after my previous post but I am now a woman weathered-out.

It could be too many years living in cooler climes, or simply because this house needs one doozy of a renovation to make it more house-like and less tent-like (think more insulation, less holes). Although I hate to admit it, (it seems somehow wholly un-Australian), I am a GREAT, BIG, SUMMER WIMP.

We’re barely halfway through spring and everything’s come over heatwave. My legs are still the attractive pale-to-blue tinge: one remaining reminder of a winter past. Me walking down the street only contributes to the bright, white, sunlight glare and has people wincing, ducking their heads under hatted shade, seeking solace in darkened places.

Even though there are a whole lot of you living to the left of me where things are much hotter and intend to stay that way for almost forever, (if only the next week), I’m thinking some proactive southerly migration. If the Bickford’s Lime Cordial doesn’t kick in with excellent cooling effect, it’s the real estate section of the newspaper.



I’m thinking igloo. I’m thinking sea view.

37 comments:

trishiekoh said...

I'm quite the opposite, I love the heat and hate the cold. My advice is, lots of iced tea and air conditioning for the summer months ahead!

M* (Melanie) said...

I'm with you sista. I too are of the moontan variety though admittedly I wear it proudly. I like my reflector legs not that they ever see the light of day.

My house too is in desperate need of new insulation and general sunproofing. It no longer takes a day or too to warm up. It's an instant weatherboard oven.

Mmm Bickfords lime. Perhaps I could pop over with some angostura bitters and a bottle of lemonade?

Melanie said...

Ooh, can I be your next door neighbour? I too am a big summer wimp, or more accurately, a summer grump. Can't stand the heat, all I want to do is stay inside in a darkened house, close to the floor!

beck said...

Oh stop it girls, you're making me want to reach for a fan, some gin and a sultry southern accent. Oh lordy, have you heard the forecast for Sunday? To scared to tell you. Might be time to put up the inflatable and just sit in it all day. What happened to Spring?????? xo

One Flew Over said...

What you won't hear from me is a complaint about the warm weather...especially after I have whinged the last two months away about the cold and wet Melbourne weather.

BUT..and this is a big BUT...I do prefer the mecury < 30.

Do you want to swap your legs for my eyes?? Oh yes...I highly recommend NOT using 4 year old eyeliner..hmmm think allergic reaction..think two big puff ball sumo slit eyes. That's me, mightly bloody uncomfortable!

Sherrin said...

can I come too? I'm over summer as well, and it hasn't even started yet. *sigh*

beccasauras said...

I say 'ditto' to everyone so far except trishiekoh! and, melanie, we could lay on the floor together- have just done that for the last hour! No anything mojo! Sapped by the heat.....there are freaks out there with jumpers on on days like this!!

Andi said...

My blue-ish skin stays with me all year round. Unless I get burnt in which case the colour turns to pinky-red and then peels back to blue-white.
My sense of aesthetics says 'Go pink and red' but my good sun sense and low pain threshold says stick with the blue-white!!

natalie said...

Tania, i too hate the heat and i live in a hot desert climate, as soon as the strings of summer start playing i start dreaming of cold weather,and when my hubby will let us move duly south.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Can anyone else see a face in that iceberg ? Or have I seen too many of the Google Sesame Street banners this week .
Any way , I'll swap my oncoming winter for your summer .

mrs smith said...

Come south my friend, come south! Tasis not quite Antarctica but we are half-way there1

dillpickle said...

Yep, yep, and yep. Hot = horrible! I vote we all move to tassie, or Sweden if we don't all fit in Tasmania.

Copper Patch said...

I love the heat but mostly that is because I hate to be cold. Having said that, my house is light on insulation so pretty uncomfortable already - and it's only day one of the heat wave!
I wore a new dress yeaterday and my lovely partner kindly pointed out that my legs were 'looking pretty white'.
I feel your pastey pain :)
Abbe

CurlyPops said...

Ugh I can't stand it. I'm a big summer wimp too. Why can't we just have 25 degrees with a cool breeze?

Cath from chunkychooky said...

I only like certain things about Summer- like being submerged in a waterhole surrounded by mountains. I cannot stand the bugs.
I have long been considering a fake tan just on my legs??? But I just can't bring myself to do so... I have such fear of being orange....and I am totally with Curlypops 25degrees with a cool breeze is heavenly.
... and I do love a Bickfords.

Thea said...

Be careful what you wish for girls. I lived in a deep freeze in Canada for nearly 7 years and hated it. The hotter the better, I say!

Anonymous said...

Hey Tarn,
Although I have grown to love the warmth and sunshine I do agree above 30 degrees is a bit too hot for my liking...just the other day I said to W "Tassie is looking good!"
Lime cordial and lots of ice sounds good!
Jen x

Searching for Sporadic Surprises said...

Oh gosh it's HOT HERE TOO! I love the heat but not the first batch... I need a little time to "get used to things." You're tent comments made me laugh... I think I'm a bit of an unhappy camper with not enough insulation too ;o)

TopCat76 said...

That is why I could never move to Australia, I'm the biggest Summer Wimp ever (after my husband).
Ice blocks infront of fans work wonders if you don't have aircon!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I'm sorry, but my entire nation of Scots as you beat on the summer wimp front. If the temperatures gets to 18C people call is summer, 20C and shirts are being stripped off in public (usually just the pasty skinned, soon to be lobster hued, men!) and at 25C well...

Meltin' awa' tae a greasy spot!

No need to move south with the penguins. Try north. Nearly 9:30am and it's -2C and freezing fog trying to be sunshine. The frost is glistening on the last of the autumn leaves and its actually very pretty!

Cheers,
AJ

Jodie said...

oooh we can be neighbours ! I'll be in the igloo next door. I LOATHE summer (and its not even here yet)

two little buttons said...

i used to LOVE the heat, but one day like today is ok not a whole week, what is summer going to be like, i'm thinking of tassie !!

yardage girl said...

I totally get you - I'm over it already ... yuck!

Tina - Melbourne Vintage said...

icy poles. icy poles can fix it! i had about 24 and i am slightly cooler, but have severe stomach cramps.

Nikki Cardigan said...

That iceburg has an angry face.

Tas said...

My 1st 18 years of life was spent in cooler climes (meaning Tasmania. Some may just use the term "cold climes") That has set me up for life as a little migrated Tasmanian who lives in Adelaide where the temperature regularly gets to 35 plus in summer. Needless to say, it is a fragile and volatile relationship. Igloo sounds great!

Nikki said...

I'm for the igloo too. We can build a city of crafty chicks. Failing that, I am SERIOUSLY considering Tasmania......

pennygj said...

Heading into winter here. It's not the cold that gets me so much as the lack of light. Can't be doing with too much heat tho'. Have you tried sticking your feet in a bowl of cold water? I can see a face in that iceberg too!

Madeline said...

You sound like me. The summers here get so darn hot (and I don't even live in the hottest part of the US). Summers make me want to move up north, but then I remember that they get snow up north. I just can't decide which is worse...glaring, miserable, hot summers or icy, miserable, freezing winters.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I will swap seasons tooo... tis chilly over here!

Smitonius

Cindy said...

I don't know which is worse, the heat or listening to Kiwi hubby complain about the heat. I think he has plans to move us to Dunedin for the next summer or perhaps villa igloos would work

sophie said...

I actually love summer, I love waking up and already feeling the heat. Winter makes me depressed, being cold sucks.

I can emphasize about the whole white nearly blue leg problemo, despire me liking the heat, I don't tan, I burn then go white again!

sue said...

Yes lets all migrate. This is only the first week of hot weather and it has come on so suddenly. I dont have tanned legs at all, more like white and then go that awful red splotchy color once the heat hits them. I was thinking about migrating to Tassie as I am sure it is cooler there. Even the electricity went off yesterday which was a bit of a worry. I dont even want to think about the temps in the middle of summer, they are saying we could get up to 50 degrees this time.

elly bee said...

Cannot believe you are all summer wimps. I love summer and I love it when it really turns warm. and yes I do know: Holland warm is not Australian warm but still. You all (well tan you did) never had to live in rainy, wintery, cold, wet, windy and dark holland and summer last (when you are lucky) two months. I love it when we all get the slow pace when it is humid hot and and you don't have to thnk about a coat or a jumper to take. No iglo's for me....
eb xx

Sandrine said...

Ohh no igloo for me thanks...Funny how everyone's temp acceptance range is so different;)After moving to Queensland a year or so ago I struggle with humidity but never with dry heat like in WA??But after two really cold month in Europe last Xmas was glad for the heat to be back...I am still trying to work out where would be my best climate??;)

Lola Nova said...

Well, you are welcome to come over my way. We will treat you to a bracing breeze, some sloppy rain, dark mornings with even darker afternoons, and some cold wet mud. Whilst you are here, a lovely fire and some hot cocoa will be your only respite from the dreary drip. Do bring your Wellies and a scarf (ooh, and one of those delicious looking sandwiches please).

our shabby cottage said...

Oh, gosh, I know exactly what you mean! Anything over 25 is too much for me too! I popped over from Nikki's M's blog. Kathryn.