Too hot!

Today was one of those days where I wasn’t expecting it to be hot outside. The morning sky was covered in scattered clouds and I could feel a light breeze when I arrived at work. I assumed I was safe from the sun. Indoors most of the morning and then suddenly it hit me.

Hot summer days are definitely more frequent than they used to be. 26 degrees is a sticky warm that makes it uncomfortable to work. I worry about the rays that hit your skin, causing sunburn so easily. Just being outside teaching PE for 45 minutes, I managed to get a very sun burned neck and shoulders.

Lesson learned

Yes I need to be more prepared for hotter weather. I must make sure I always have sunscreen with me wherever I go. Climate change means more sunny days and more risk of sunburn and dehydration.

I worry that if Britain is getting much hotter more often then surely other countries are burning up completely. In the News, for example, record heatwaves in India remind me of the damage that global warming is doing around the world.

I guess that most people are grateful of the warm periods but I simply worry. It just doesn’t sit well with me. We lost our beautiful snowy winters and now we have heatwaves which are setting forests on fire. What can we do?

First, we need to care.

Lots of sun is not always a positive thing. When we start to realise that this isn’t ideal, we may start to wake up to the reality of climate change.

Thank you for reading my rambling words. They just streamed out of me as I sat moaning at myself for not being better prepared for a sunny afternoon.

Read, Watch, Listen 3

Every couple of weeks I like to share a sample of what I am currently finding entertaining. I have enjoyed reviewing books and TV shows in the past and now like to include something podcast related too. Here are three new suggestions that I’d like to recommend.

What I am reading

Currently I am enjoying several books and the one I am most engrossed by is ‘Apples Never Fall’ by Liane Moriarty. As usual, her books never give too much away at the beginning. She is brilliant at dropping us into a story and then, like a stone in a puddle, the ripples take us on an exciting journey.

With this book a young woman arrives at a house in a shocked state. The owners are an elderly couple who used to own a tennis academy. They take her in, believing they must know her but when they realise they don’t, they are already invested in her story.

We already know from the introduction that the old woman had kids and they are worried about her, so there is plenty of intrigue from the beginning. I am not even half way through but am totally hooked on this book.

What I am watching

Stranger Things Season Four has arrived after a long wait and so far it has lived up to expectations. If you have never watched this brilliant 1980s based sci-fi drama before, where have you been? It is a combination of comedy and horror, especially this season. I won’t give out any spoilers but suffice to say the song ‘Running up that hill’ by Kate Bush has featured heavily and is now at Number 2 in the UK pop charts as a result.

Winona Ryder leads a cast which includes some rapidly growing up kids and Lily Allen’s husband, David Harbour. Elle (Millie Bobby Brown) has a link to The Upside Down, a strange parallel world where horrible monsters seem to live. The town of Hawkins has a weird connection to this upside down world too and people keep getting either dragged into it or killed by it.

This is way too complex for me to sum up in a few sentences but my favourite thing about Stranger Things is the 1980s nostalgia which takes me back to my own childhood. Check it out soon and make sure you start from Season One.

What I am listening to

I love listening to this podcast all about Bees. It is hosted by the very funny Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous) and the talented Esther Coles. Although QueenBees podcast began as an homage to all things Bee, they now discuss lots of other related subjects such as making wax candles from bee products and gardening tips.

This fun and educational podcast is really just two best friends chatting about anything and everything, whilst hanging around beehives. Needless to say, I absolutely love it!

Thank you for taking the time to read my suggestions for a TV show, podcast and book. My last set of reviews is here and if you want to check out future recommendations please consider following my blog.

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Age and Skipping

Firstly, some funnies from Debby Gies followed by some funnies from Sally. Thanks to those who share the funnies on the internet. D.G. Writes is …

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Age and Skipping