summer's here 30c at 8am temperature guage

my patio in the shade this morning

The month of July is coming to an end and August as always will arrive with warnings of a heatwave on the island. Yes the temperatures will go over 40C for the first couple of weeks of the month as they always do. This little spot will get hot. So for this week I’ve found a song and a quote:

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.” ― Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

The cool of spring and autumn seem a long way off right now. It’s the mid point of the tourist season, those in the industry will have worked, many without a day off, for the last 3 months. They will now begin to look forward to a well needed rest when October is over.

This is a time to move slowly, drink plenty of water and rest in the middle of the day. You’ll only see tourists on the beaches and around the pool in the heat of the day, everyone else stays in the shade. Maybe this is why some in the press labelled the Greeks lazy?

If you’re around early morning then you’ll see the work getting done. The washing hung out over night to dry is taken in, the floors washed and meals cooked before the heat makes movement impossible once more. Then once the heat from the sun has gone for the day everyone will come out again in the evening. The dust from patios will be hosed down and gardens watered. Then it’s  time to eat the family meal and to sit outside and chat with friends.

My song for today is a classic summer one, but I think appropriate for the moment in Greece as the squeeze of austerity bites a little harder:

August will also see an influx of families arriving on the island from northern Europe as the schools have broken up for summer. My advice for those not used to the heat, keep hydrated, stay in the shade in the middle of the day and keep slapping on the sun screen. Then simply laze on our sunny afternoons you are on holiday after all 🙂

Next Monday Ben and Gaynor will be walking the length of the island in this heat, if you’re in the area pop along, cheer them on and take them some water, details of their challenge are here.

What’s your favourite summer song?

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