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CANICULE

Posted: Sat 04 Aug 2018 07:53
by Gus Morris
There seems to be no end in sight! Some of us will remember roasting gently in 2003 and 2006

How are people coping this time around? Is this a new experience? Any tips?

Gus

Posted: Sat 04 Aug 2018 11:17
by martyn94
Or 1976.

Drink lots of water and look out for your neighbours. My local Intermarché still has some bottled water. which is strange: the arrival of holidaymakers wanting to stock up on eg khazi paper at this time of year perennially takes them by surprise.

My sister’s (very game) upstairs neighbour in Paris was getting too frail to live independently (on the fourth floor with no lift) and had her name down in 2003 for a place in an EHPAD. The waiting list suddenly disappeared.

Posted: Sat 04 Aug 2018 12:46
by Kate
I’m finding it hotter than 2003.....but maybe it’s because I’m older!

Posted: Fri 10 Aug 2018 09:36
by Gus Morris
It's been a roller-coaster ride for anybody who drove down here last weekend for the summer break. They travelled in the middle of a full on heat wave. Since then there have been two storms with the risk of hail stones, localised flooding and some loss of life. Especially worrying for anybody on a campsite. With a hoax bomb alert at Argeles thrown in for good measure!

On top of all this there has been a rise in bathing incidents. Fatal and non-fatal.

The temperature range for the past week, as recorded on our patio, was 21.1 to 37 degrees C.

Quite a summer. And it's not over yet!

Gus

Posted: Fri 10 Aug 2018 12:00
by martyn94
Gus Morris wrote:It's been a roller-coaster ride for anybody who drove down here last weekend for the summer break. They travelled in the middle of a full on heat wave. Since then there have been two storms with the risk of hail stones, localised flooding and some loss of life. Especially worrying for anybody on a campsite. With a hoax bomb alert at Argeles thrown in for good measure!

On top of all this there has been a rise in bathing incidents. Fatal and non-fatal.

The temperature range for the past week, as recorded on our patio, was 21.1 to 37 degrees C.

Quite a summer. And it's not over yet!

Gus
“It’s being so cheerful that keeps me goingâ€￾, as Mona Lott said on ITMA.

But the fortitude of the “aoutiensâ€￾ is indeed a perennial miracle. I remember, decades ago, helping a friend near Paris pack his Peugeot estate to join his family at Manosque on the Friday evening of the big weekend. Apart from everything else it was crammed with, it had about a dozen pet rabbits in makeshift cages, plus their “clapiersâ€￾, knocked down. The air must have been quite thick by the time he got there, ca 0900 on Saturday.

The rented flat a few metres across the ramp from me has had a floating population of (mostly young) Germans for a few weeks. They don’t play their music very loud (but loud enough to tell that German rap is no better than anyone else’s) and turn it off at a considerate hour. And of course speak decent English.

Then yesterday one of them offered to carry my shopping up the ramp. I felt like asking “who won the Warâ€￾, but decided against it.

Posted: Fri 10 Aug 2018 18:44
by Gus Morris

“It’s being so cheerful that keeps me goingâ€￾, as Mona Lott said on ITMA.


Blimey. It's that man again. For once he merits a response.

Every day is illuminated by a thousand and one little pleasures. In the warm days of summer and autumn we are drawn to the beach. We chat to our friends, watch the visitors come and go. See the smiling faces of the children. Soak up the wonderful atmosphere created when people are enjoying themselves.

At other times we have the joy of having this wonderful corner of France almost to ourselves. One of those special places where the mountains and the sea exist cheek by jowl. Surrounded by the vestiges of a rich history stretching back over thousands of years. A mild climate with an abundance of sunshine.

Here we can swim in the sea most of the year. A mask and snorkel and a whole new world waits to be explored. Majestic mountains within easy reach. All sorts of winter sports opportunities. Or just laze about in an outdoor thermal bath.

Three major airports within easy reach for when we want to travel and see the world.

What more can we ask?

Posted: Sat 11 Aug 2018 12:44
by martyn94
Snap.

Du jamais lu.