Sunday, May 30, 2010

Celebrating the start of winter

I’ve heard all kinds of stories from our American friends about how lovely the weather is there. It’s 90 degrees…going to the pool…heading for the lake… the AC isn’t working…blah blah blah. :)

Oh how the tables have turned as 1 June marks our first day of winter, and that's tomorrow. We’re enjoying highs around 10 degrees C (50ish F), which may not sound that cold, but add the rain and the cold southerly gales (which come from Antarctica by the way), and it’s a bit chilly.

I learned soon after we moved here that indoor spaces are not always kept at a consistent 72 degrees. Most stores and cafés leave their doors open all day well into winter, and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a home with central air and heat.

Our home is warmed by two “night-store” heaters. Apparently there are magic bricks inside that soak up heat overnight (taking advantage of the cheaper off-peak rates), then slowly, ever so slowly releases it during the day. They aren’t really designed to heat your home to a toasty 72 degrees, but at least you don’t have to wear gloves at the breakfast table. I’m just kidding – it’s actually pretty comfortable. But it does make me realise I’ve been spoiled with climate controlled comfort my entire life.


1 comment:

Yer Mum said...

No central heating or a/c? After reading this, I suddenly realize the need for an electric blankey.