As part of my job I work in various places, yesterday I walked into the usual room I use and was hit by the intense heat, I had to walked out again. It was ridiculously hot in there, I wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes, neither would my clients. I asked for another room that was slightly cooler. This is not a one off, go into the big stores in winter and they will be pumping out the heat causing everyone to strip off outer layers before they succumb to heat stroke. I know little old me doesn't know much about energy issues. I hear the 'experts' warning us about blackouts due to running out of this that and the other this winter, (the cynical side of me thinks they are trying to scare us into agreeing to new nuclear plants and fracking), but surely turning down the heat makes sense and would save an awful lot of energy. Have we all become delicate little hot house flowers? As I say to my sons who moan that our house is cold when they visit, put a jumper on!! It is not cold, just a sensible temperature that we are used to. Is it just me, yes I am a woman of a certain age, or do you find the shops, public buildings etc just too warm?
In other news I have just ordered my Xmas cards from the Crohns Association. This is a record, I have never done any preparation for Xmas so early, I may have to go and lie down now. I really have to get on with it this year as we have a new grandchild due at Xmas so we have to be ready in case we are needed.
As I was making soup this morning I was struck by the beautiful colours that mark this time of year, so I squelched out into my garden to take some photos to share with you. All the golds, oranges, reds and browns were even reflected in the food I love at this time of year.
Carrot and butternut squash soup
There are also new signs of life in the garden that are confusing me. I put in some 'spring' bulbs a couple of weeks ago and they are already coming through. I'm not a gardener but isn't this a bit early even for Cornwall, does it mean they will be all gone by Spring? Perhaps they should be renamed winter bulbs.