Fair enough. So I'll just stick my bit in quietly and hope it will only be read by those who agree with me!
- I've just been down south for a few days, from the frozen north east where I have lived for the past 6 years. It's always hotter down there, and we were supposed to be in the midst of a heatwave last week, were we not? On the first evening, out with friends, I wore some of those loose patterned culotte type things that look like an above-the-knee skirt, a loose-ish top and a short sleeved shrug. From about 7 pm onwards, I was bloody freezing. This is my moan: you never know where you are with the weather. If you're going out in the winter you stick on a long sleeved, not too thick top (because pubs and restaurants always have the heating on too high), a coat, and you're good to go. In the summer, you never know how hot or cold it's going to be. I always get it wrong.
- Those bloody late nights and early mornings. Who really needs daylight at 10 pm? However many sleep masks I wear, I still wake up at 5am most days.
- I can no longer wear fake tan because my husband keeps moaning about it; he says it makes the bedclothes smell horrible. I won't sunbathe because it's a waste of time, boring, gives you skin cancer and makes you look old. I won't use sunbeds because ditto, plus the cost. So in summer I have to either display unsightly white limbs, or be too hot in my clothes. Unless it's one of the cold days (see first paragraph). This problem does not arise in the winter. I still wince at my unsightly white limbs, but at least no-one else has to see them. Apart from my husband, whose choice it is that they are thus. So there. (note from 2017: I've since given in and started to used sunbeds...)
- I am writing a novel, which means I need to be inside the house at my desk; I can't write in the garden (see last paragraph). I do not want to look out of the window and feel guilty about not making the most of the weather.
- It's harder to cover your fat bits in summer clothes than in winter ones. Unless you're young and gorgeous, winter clothes are generally more flattering.
- I have very long, thick hair. Heat makes my head sweat, which in turn makes my carefully straightened and smoothed hair look like an explosion in a mattress factory. At the very least, it makes my fringe look silly.
- I no longer live by the sea. I quite liked summer when I did. Apart from the fact that I was usually at work, of course. If I could spend summer in an idyllic sea front cottage and have nothing to do but wander aimlessly along shores and country lanes, I may like it more.
- Talking of gardens, I have to think about getting people to cut ours, something I can forget about between October and April. Currently, the back garden is playing host to a little known jungle tribe. Or it might be; it's so overgrown I can't tell. (Note: July 2016 ~ I have now had the whole thing gravelled. Back and front. Best move ever!)
Right, I think that's about it! Feel free to add your whinges. Or tell me I'm a moany old git and you never want to see another post complaining about summer. For those who agree with me, please remember this: July is much better than June. The nights are beginning to draw in, slowly, slowly and it's another month nearer to autumn!