I’ve noticed a change in me since I moved down from Scotland 7 years ago. I never used to feel the cold in the Winter and I always used to suffer in the heat come Summer. Now I seem to be the other way round! Visiting my brother in Edinburgh last Winter felt like I was in the Arctic and the scorching weather of this weekend and week has felt just right and I’ve not been overheating at all.
A scene like this (from Sunday) would have made me search for the shade out of the sun a few years ago but now I didn’t even notice the baking heat beating down on me – and I certainly didn’t feel drained of life as I used to.
Of course that has a lot to do with my car’s air conditioning and being able to get out of the heat. Up until a few years ago the thought of air conditioning in a car in the UK under £50,000 was ridiculous. Now pretty much every new car you can buy has it as standard. I’ve had it in the last 3 cars and while I might have thought it a luxury before, my friend Jon’s Ford Focus proved once and for all that you can’t live without it. Following a biking trip on a hot Summer’s day where he drove I started car hunting not because I wanted a new car but because I needed air conditioning!
It’s great to escape from the hot temperatures outside to the icy coolness of my car and feel refreshed. But since I’ve turned into a southern softie I have to watch it doesn’t get too cold!