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29 June 2010 @ 12:42 pm
Dear England,
I have found your cold!

Do you mind if we hold onto it for a little longer? as everyone is looking great in their scarves and the local homeless are well-rugged.

I don't remember the last Sydney 5 degree morning (I am in what is referred to as the coastal strip, despite being a few miles from any seawater.) The only downside is that it leads to being stuck in bed with cats pressed against the legs for warmth -- theirs rather than mine -- and god forbid one should wish to turn over!

Anyway, do enjoy the warmth, and be sure to send it home around August. Though if you would like to keep a bit in reserve for December and January, I am sure that no one here would mind!


Blindmouse: runawayblindmouse on June 29th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
No, no, take it back, England /o\
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
Sorry! I forgot you chaps were so much more extreme, yet with similarly awful insulation. I think Melburnians should be able to store some of their insane summer days to take the edge of the winters.
Blindmouse: I'm Not Okayblindmouse on June 29th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
It's half past two in the afternoon and 9 degrees outside, D. My delicate Australian sensibilities can't deal with this :(
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
Double everything! T-shirts, tights, even gloves. It seriously makes a massive difference: not only is there more between you and the outside, there are more layers of insulating air trapped. And shoes with thick soles. If you have none, pop in an inner sole. It keeps your feet insulated from the ground temps, which are dismal. Also, obviously, hat!

And if you are wearing two or three layers of tights, play around with some colours and textures. Black sheer over red opaque looks great, then throw a fishnet on top and it's even better!
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Just saw your post: no hot water is RIDICULOUS! And against god and man! *Wishes for your hot to come back quickly, in water form at least!*
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
That's camping weather! And getting dressed under a doona is perfectly sensible in such conditions. I'm very pleased you were a priority: hope it's fixed by the time you get home!
maevemistmaevemist on June 29th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
England can keep it until September I think and then return it in late January.

We got our first proper frost 2 days ago and last night was the first night I was actually cold all night. It was glorious!
maevemistmaevemist on June 29th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
I have just re-read my first sentence and I think I have it backwards...I want the cold to stay until September and then return again slowly, from late January onwards.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Hee! I got you! Yes, you're right. And I think we should be allowed to keep a small percentage in reserve for the inevitable early spring heatwave, followed by the lengthy summer heatwave, and certainly for the couple of days of Extreme Weather Conditions that seem to pop up every summer!
jamie2109: emotional - pooh -oh botherjamie2109 on June 29th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Been down in the minuses for the past couple of nights here and it's too bloody cold. I've had to light the fire mid-morning. bah. And then when morning does come the fog settles in around here until next week, when it might lift for half an hour. I've been putting off lighting the fire here today and am rugged up in clothes (duh) and my dressing gown, plus am wrapped up in a sleeping bag of all things, lol. Most of me is toasty warm, except my fingers and face. *am off to light the fire now. Talking about it made me shiver all over*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Oh lambchop! Should I send gloves? I have a spare pair of fingerless gauntlets that I will never wear again: I can seriously post them down to you if you email me an addy! You can type in them, and all!
jamie2109: text - fill me with sunshinejamie2109 on June 29th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
Lol, no it's fine, you are a love, though. ♥ I forgot to mention that I was wearing a pair of fingerless gloves. *waggles them* I keep wanting to pull them down to cover the tips though haha.

However, I have lit the fire and shall be all toasty warm very shortly
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
I bought a pair last year, which I loved, but then knit a pair for Mr Brammers, and misjudged the size a bit, so they fit me perfectly, even more so than the bought pair. Since I only have two hands, I have been looking for a home for the others!

Hurrah for the toasty fire! I went for a walk/run and chilled my lungs! Ridiculous!
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on June 29th, 2010 08:29 am (UTC)
I'm perfectly happy for England to have its cold back - its been decidedly nippy here, -4 overnight, two nights running, actually had to put the car in the garage today so I don't have to scrape ice off again in the morning....
And still trying to recover from plague, a bit of sunshine and warmth would be lovely at present.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Alas, I cannot help with the sunshine. Want some fingerless gloves? And actually, I have a really cute Wayne Cooper knit top that has texture thanks to a series of diamonds all over it, which I thought I would be thin enough for again, but am not. You on the other hand, are! Light enough to be an undertop, or to wear over something else and shed later. It would make me happy to find a home for it!
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on June 29th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
ooh the top would be lovely, though I already have two pairs of fingerless gloves. Wear them when driving to work, the boss saw me a few weeks ago, I'd just arrived and still had my leather jacket on and wearing fingerless gloves - he said he didn't know what look I was aiming for - biker chick or dickensian homelessness :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHA! Good-oh, I will pop it in the post tomorrow! You're still at the house on the street with the silly name?
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on June 29th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
Yes - I haven't moved.
Casaella_irene on June 29th, 2010 09:03 am (UTC)
Okay. We should probably keep it until mid-July, but then we would like to give it back.

*Has spent the night with her windows open. Lives on Edgware Road"
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)

I'd have needed earplugs under earmuffs ;-)

Yeah, I have to say it is a nice shock to actually need my European warm stuff down here. The other winter I pulled out my medium-weight coat for exactly one day.

I hope this doesn't mean next summer will be like the one before last, with maxima of 38-42 day after day. Last summer had ridiculously high minima, but it was only a few degrees hotter through the day.
Casaella_irene on June 29th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
I don't know. Sheer tiredness?

Here in the U.K. we are roasting. There is record heatstroke!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
Yes, my nice cousin tells me he has been sweltering down in subtropical Kent. If it keeps up I am going to send him some of my Factor 30+, and he can grab me some woolly vests!
Casaella_irene on June 29th, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
...I am torn between wanting the heat to go away, and the fact that we are meant to be travelling through the mighty Kentish jungles for a family do on the 10th.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 09:33 am (UTC)
Remember to pack your machete! And some quinine! (Has mental images of vicious roaming hollyhocks ...)
Casaella_irene on June 29th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
I'm more scared of the flowers at my uncle's. They're already colonising cars...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)
Climate Change: The Revenge of the Begonias!
auntpurl: Big Benauntpurl on June 29th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Dude, we want some of it back! It's too freaking hot here! *is melting, MELTING*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 29th, 2010 09:31 am (UTC)
It is seriously as though five degrees have gone walkabout from here to there! Madness! Let me know if you need sunblock recommendations, I have the expertise!
Cerise: I Has a Rug catwivern on June 29th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
I'm enjoying it so much. And hoping we can keep some for summer.
&helena;uminohikari on June 29th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
*giggles* The comments on this post are amazing
lokifanlokifan on June 29th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
NO, GIVE IT BACK. Here, have your heat! I'm sure you'll deal with it much more gracefully than we do.

:) I have that problem in winter myself!
Hueyphoenixacid on June 30th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
*sends you some heat from Malaysia* It's been scorching lately. *pets you*
bare_memabonwitch on June 30th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
It's properly summer here; it was a scorching 103F the other day. *is sunburnt* I'm not good at telling when to re-apply sunscreen, alas. Also, leather jackets for gay Pride and 90 degree weather do not go together.