That is the record breaking temperature in a French city today! Boy, I hope to God that I shall never have to endure anything near that here in my own home. I do not think this house is capable of dealing with that kind of heat. Everything is rather exposed here. There is no basement to hide in, no air-conditioning to cool things down, no bath, no pond, no big shady tree. At this moment, my only backup plan is De Gavers.
I woke up at around 7am this morning. Not from the warmth, mind you, but from the chilly morning air that seeped through our opened bedroom window.
Thank goodness for living not too far from the sea. A Northern sea breeze had brought West Flanders some reprieve and stopped this recent oppressive summer heat at its track! As of today, it is one day short of being an official heat wave because you need three days of above 30°C temperatures for that.
After dealing with yesterday’s heat, today’s 26°C actually felt comfortable. D and I even had the energy and courage to brave the outside to run some errands. We went grocery shopping (acquiring five free reusable bags for fruits and vegetables) and then to a new place to buy potatoes.
How did I ever survive and was able to function in the Malaysian heat?!
D got up earlier than I this morning! We were unsure of the exact reason, but the most probable culprit was the increasing warmth in the bedroom. Welcome to the first day of this year’s first heat wave.
I have to admit that I slept relatively well last night. The comforter was taken out, leaving behind the cover as a light blanket. Our bedroom window was kept opened till 5am, I wore loose fitting cotton outfit to bed, I prepared an ice baby, and have followed some logic pre-bedtime procedures.
The temperature will be rising these next few days, making the bedroom uncomfortably warm. A good night sleep will be sort of a blessing for people without air conditioning. My backup plan and final option will be sleeping in a tent, like I did last year.
And many more to come….
For two nights in a row, I have been leaving the bedroom window wide open during the night. The insect screen kept the bugs out and let in the cool night air, allowing me to sleep. The downside to this wide open window is that I hear everything that goes on outside the house! At around 4am when the street lights start turning on, I will have to crawl out of bed to close the blinds in order to darken the bedroom. Normally, I will be able to go back to sleep again without any problem.
I am not looking forward to next week’s heat wave…
It was to be a warm day today. So, D and I biked to De Gavers for our picnic lunch of simple sandwiches.
After lunch, we biked to the visitor’s centre, parked our bikes and took a walk to the new look-out hut on the other side of the lake. Both D and I noticed that there had been quite some new add-ons at the harbour area. These installations are mostly catered to school children who are now learning things outside of the classic classrooms.
After the look-out hut, we walked to the office and bought a pot of honey. First pot of honey this year.
I sowed some seeds of basil, purple beans, and pakchoi in the empty spots I still have in the vegetable patch. In the meantime, I have been harvesting young green peas and strawberries. Fingers crossed for mild temperatures and gentle rainfalls.
The grass on our lawn has grown a bit unruly due to the recent rainfalls. Because the weather forecast predicted weekend rains, D and I decided that it is best to mow the lawn this Friday afternoon.
After we are done, we rested, drank something and watched a bit of an international cycling race. Eventually, D and I went to our go-to beer place to stock up on our beers.
On our way home, we stopped by the Lokaal for some fruit juice and fresh bread. There was a promotion of free maatjes (soused herring in English) if one buys a drink at the bar. So D bought a beer while I had a glass of water. Being the alleseter, I ended up eating most of it.
The funny thing here is that I have already eaten two maatjes at lunch today! This morning, the mother-in-law dropped by to give me the ones she bought at the farmer’s market yesterday. She later decided that she does not really like Dutch raw herring…
As for me, I will eat almost anything.
It started raining early this morning. Thankfully it is not the stormy heavy rainfall we have experienced not long ago, but the sweet gentle persistent rain that brings with it many benefits. This is the sort of rain we need to fill up the cistern, to sprinkle the thirsty lawn, to clean the windows, to wash the dust off the ivy leaves and rooftops, and to water the vegetables, flowers and trees so that we do not need to.
The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.