Warm My Cockles

The other day, I was talking to one of my Mother in Laws; she’s from Arkansas, where by next Monday they’ll be enjoying highs of 29°c, and has only lived in the UK for a couple of years. Our weather doesn’t sit hugely well with her, understandably, and she said that our winter has been so long and so wet that she feels like the damp has soaked into her bones. I TOTALLY understand that feeling, this winter has been far too long and it really doesn’t seem to be getting much better.

Last weekend, we had a day of nice-ish weather and because we live by the sea (or an estuary, if you want to be picky) we took Sausage to the seafront for an afternoon of arcades and doughnuts. When we got there we realised that not only had the majority of our town and the surrounding areas descended upon the prominade, but that most of them were very scantily dressed! It may have been sunny, but there was still a nip in the air, and I was shocked that everyone was so under-dressed. However, it got me to thinking; if people are thinking that this is all the summer we’re going to get, maybe they should be taking this opportunity to soak up some vitamins from the sun!

What we really need is a holiday, go somewhere where the sun is warm, the food is good and the sea is blue. Somewhere where we think more about suncream than raincoats, eat outdoors without worrying about getting soggy sandwiches and visit the beach in beachwear, not thick coats and hiking boots! It’s not all that easy for us to get away because we have Chuck to think about, but if we were to go aomewhere I’d be doing some serious discount hunting on the internet! I don’t know if it’s because I was born in the summer, but I’m definitely more of a fan of the warmer weather. My underactive thyroid means I’m cold most of the time but as soon as it gets to the end of March, I start to wonder when I can get my Birkenstocksand Havaianas out of the wardrobe and onto my feet.

Anyone got any good tips on how I can warm my cockles without spending a fortune or needing a dog-sitter?! Answers on a postcard, please…

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