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I titled this blog in such a way so that people in twenty years time can google stuff and see exactly what we went through – those who survived the 1976 Heatwave showed no such consideration to us did they! I suppose they could blame the lack of social media…. About that… social media makes EVERYTHING seem a hundred times worse. If you believed everything you read you’d believe that multiple hospitals and surgeries had to close due to the heat, roads melted and swallowed up whole houses, 50,000 lightning strikes hit the UK in ONE HOUR igniting several billion acres of fields…

It wasn’t quite like that, but it was a hot one and there were times when it did appear as if the whole country had gone mad. The heatwave began with the smell of smoke wafting into Hampshire from Salisbury Plain, much of which is a desginated military firing zone. Because of this and unexploded ordinance the risk to people putting out the fire was deemed far greater than those who the smoke was wafting towards. Rightly so! Then there were the ‘central reservation fires…’ The episodes every few days when someone on the motorway would chuck a cigarette end into the centre of the road and ignite the long grasses growing there. There were the threats of hose-pipe bans (South hasn’t had one so far), and the days when being alive just seemed realllllly difficult at thirty degree heat and 28 degree C for sleeping in.

People now talk about the Heatwave and blame it for their inadequacies or inability to do something… Oh… Forgot to take the bin out? It was the heatwave… Driving like an idiot…? Heatwave. And so on. Work carried on however and in my particular air conditioned office (rare around here), I still went to work with a cardigan and scarf. This completely messed up my body temperature when I went outside of course and I spent most evenings alternating between shivering and nearly passing out. But I can’t imagine the working day without air con!

Anyway, I can’t really remember how many days it’s been but we left June in sweltering temperatures and it’s now the 28th July, for some places in the UK there has been 50 consecutive days without rain. We’re not used to that – we’re basically Seattle Lite here!

Oh and the time between the last blog entry and these latest ones…? Blame the heatwave. I do.

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The thing about blogging…is if you miss a few weeks, or even few months…you have LOADS to share. Too much for one post! So forgive me but it’s coming in dribs and drabs – probably be done by Christmas! So I’ve finally returned from my travels, the trip I just could not stop mentioning most of this year!! We spent almost the whole of October (four weeks to be exact) in the USA, splitting our time between Orlando (Disney of course!) and Naples (Luxury of course!) Naples is one of those places that you tell people about and they either assume Italy, have never heard of it, or just think it’s incredible. It is. I have so many Photos to share and we’ve been back a week so I have some Autumnal shots to share as well! But for now…let’s talk Weather…

We arrived in Orlando to rain, thunder, lightning and flash floods. The little hire cars were floundering as they left the airport, in our beast we were fine though! The weather was just incredible. We were in Orlando for the lead up, and the day of, Hurricane Matthew. The preparation was intricate. We weren’t allowed out the day the Hurricane made (almost) landfall and we sat in the apartment from 11pm the night before until 2pm on the day, staring at our bottles of water and googling…

It’s strange being in a different country when a disaster is due to hit. The way that the Hurricane was portrayed on American media was very different to how the UK journalists were handling it. We were going to die. People, were going to die. I do get that there was a lucky escape with the Hurricane barely grazing the coast for most of Florida. I also get that other’s weren’t so lucky! But in a country foreign to your own, it’s hard to know just how worried to be. When we phoned the resort (huge resort by the way, hundreds of properties) for queries, nobody was there. Just hours before they had left automated messages saying ‘We’re here for anything you need…’ But nope! Lots of guests around us made the decision to head home (to other US states) but we stayed and it was okay. Kudos to America for your planning though – alerts on all our phones leading up to the event, lots of shelters prepared, it felt a lot more secure than if something big was happening in the UK.

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