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In the deep heat of winter

As I write this I am sweltering. Drops of sweat are forming on my forehead (and my armpits are sweaty too – sorry). I am in a tee-shirt and contemplating taking off my trousers. The heat is just too much, yet I am not allowed to open a window and let a nice cooling draft waft through the place as this may have a detrimental effect on our little one's health and probably cause all of us to die a horrible painful cold related death.

remonstrating with my other half over the high temperature has no effect whatsoever (aside from raising the temperature even further….). I've tried saying that I think living in a hermetically sealed house is not good for us, but she cannot understand what I'm getting at (only one external window is slightly ajar). I've pointed out that I seem to catch more colds here than I ever did in the UK – where I spent most of my time outdoors, cycling, walking and shooting (and I only closed the windows in my house in mid-winter and I encouraged strong cooling drafts to invade my living quarters and I have survived to tell the tale – just call me Superman). However I just get told that I am older than I used to be and thus am more fragile than I was. I disagree – she could have a point, but I'm not convinced, not one bit. Yes, I am older, but not by 50 years!

In my humble opinion going from 25+ degrees C to around 1 degree plays havoc with your body systems. The only thing you can do to attempt to avoid the dreaded cold is dress up like an Eskimo – as most Italians seem to – in order to avoid the 'thermal shock' which jolts your system every time you set foot out of your personal oven stroke house. I have to say that our inlaws house is total torture for me and I tend to avoid going there because there is never more than one window open – lest the dreaded draft should strike. In winter the appartment is so hot I almost faint after having put on my winter duds and then having to wait for the others to get ready.

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They think I'm utterly mad when I wander onto the balcony to cool down, but I'm not. Not yet anyway.

At least now I understand why Italians are known as a hot blooded people – it's because they keep the temperature
of their surroundings so high that it boils your blood.

I'm drinking a large glass of water as I write, because if I do not I will wake up dehydrated. My other half, though, drinks little or no water and very little liquid. I don't know how she does it, I really don't.

Right, I'm off to get some more water and then I'm having an early night.

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