Posts tagged ‘cold’

Chilly with the Rice?

It has been another long spell without writing. I will have to sort that out! I have been very busy lately with the grape harvest, wine production and wine research and development at the winery. There really are not enough hours in a day…

The warm weather is certainly over here. Everyone is bundled up waiting for the magic date: October 20th. That will be when the city decides to turn on the heat for everyone. Until then there is not heat available. I night, I shiver and in the morning, I do not want to get out of bed for fear of freezing on the way to the shower. Coming out of a hot shower in a cold house, you ask? That is another exercise in forced suffering… 😉

However, enough of that. About a week ago, my family did have a chance to visit a local village and watch the rice harvest. Autumn is a beautiful season, leaves are turning to beautiful colours and people are back at work from the weeklong October Holiday/New Moon Festival. It is a nice time of the year to look ahead, plan for the future and make important decisions…more on that later…

October 15, 2006 at 1:22 am Leave a comment

Freezing my @$$ off!

I am freezing my @$$ off in Tonghua these days. For those of you who may not know this, most apartment complexes are heated by centralized heat generators usually fueled by coal. Well the central heating of most of Northern China (anything above the Yangtze River) gets turned off on April 15 of every year. This is fine in almost all areas as spring is usually arrived and so is the heat. But in Tonghua anyway, that is not the case…..

It was actually very warm here before the 15th but it looks like as soon as they turned off the heat, the weather turned. It has been very cold, rainy, and snowy here since then…

The fact that there is no heat in the houses certainly doesn’t make going home very attractive. At night, it must be less than 5’C in the houses so we just keep our winter jackets on until we go to bed.

I don’t know what turning back the heat on would entail but having an entire city freeze like this seems ridiculous. It’s pretty grim here these days…

The beaches of Thailand seem very attractive right now as I huddle under a blanket trying not to freeze to death! Spring, where are you? Why have you forsaken us?!

April 20, 2006 at 11:09 am Leave a comment


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