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looking forward to more sun as spring approaches.

12 Feb

london 6.38pm 6.3C dark , dry night monday 2018

we got a really lovely blue sky morning today. i tried to grab a bit of sun by sitting outside the library in pimlico and then sitting in the bus stand, where it gets the full sun. i have to grab the sun whenever i can. there were clouds that block its rays and when that happens it can get really dim, and cold. but when it does shine i can sit out on it, without fear of getting sunburnt. 

met up with ian at about 3pm, on our monthly meetup. this time we met at the ageuk cafe in tavis house, near tavistock square in bloomsbury. i think tavis house is their headquarters.

the cafe sells really the cheapest coffee i know in central london, only 50p for a mug of filter coffee. and their lattes and capuccino is £1.20. and we were about the only ones there, apart from two others. one thing though, groups book the tables for later that evening, from 5.15pm, all the tables have small cards on them telling us they have reserved those tables from 5.15pm. so you will be tuft out for them. but we are ok, as we will be ready to move when 5pm comes round. 

actually tavistock square is a really nice square to sit in, at least the glimpse i had of it when i got off the bus before i cross the street to the ageuk building. this area of bloomsbury  is rich with squares, russell square is nearby too. i can see they will be perfect to hang around in during summer, though london is full of squares and so i can most probably find plenty nearer to where i live. 

in fact, i was telling ian that i should sit out in the sun more. and this brings to mind that i should take up the habit of going nude sunbathing in hampstead ponds once march comes round. just to get my dose of vit D. something to look forward to i think. not this month of course, as it is still cold. but March would be a nice time for it.

what is needed is some kind of windshield. if u can find a warm wall, that blocks the wind as well, whilst facing south to catch the full rays of the sun, you will be cosy. i should keep an eye out for such a warm corner hidden away somewhere so that there is plenty of privacy. and near where i live so dont have far to go. 

if the sun is shining, it is really lovely to go there and bring along a packed lunch and coffee in my thermos, and soak up the sun. and there wont be any danger of sunburn.  all the nicer because it wont be crowded, unlike in summer. 

i have been mildly wondering at the happy happenstance that this month, february is so short, so we can have a short winter as it were. or make ourselves feel that we have a short winter. it might well be 1st March and it may still be very cold but psychologically we can make belief that spring has come. later tonight, i see a tv program by mary beard talking about julius caeser , and she mentioned that it was he who invented a new calendar to replace the old roman calendar, and it is his calendar that we are using now. i wonder if it is deliberate of him to make february ,a winter month in the northern hemisphere, so short, really way shorter than all the other months.  



its a nice day again

28 Mar

london 11.02am 11.1C brilliant sunshine blue sky tuesday 2017

might be the first chance i can get to sit outside and soak up the sun without feeling cold. yesterday started cloudy and then brightened up but not much. previous days there was bright sun but a cold wind makes it too cold to sit outside.

added 12.20pm 13.5C sunny

well, i have been sitting out in the sun, but only for about 10mins. as long as it takes for me todrink my cup of coffee. i brought a book with me, thinking i shall read that. but in the end, i did not read it.i know, it is laughable, but the sun was too strong for me. what to do right? it is either too cold to sit out, or too hot to sit out. either way, it looks like this idea of mine of sitting basking in the sun is not a starter. haha. i think the only way i can sit out in the sun is being completely wrapped in winter clothes to shield me from the wind, so that only my face is exposed. that way i can quite happily sit out for a bit longer than 10mins. haha.

ah well, my being brought up in a tropical country like malaysia makes me want to avoid the sun. when i was younger i was able to sunbathe quite a long time… in europe, not malaysia… that one is still a sun to avoid…i avoid the burn by putting 50 strength suntan lotion on.

but now i am getting older i am less tolerant of the pain that comes from sitting out in the sun. and let me tell you straight … sitting out in the sun is painful. there is no two ways about it.

i can stand a lot of pain, as evidenced by this painful foot where i dont take any pain medicine for it. but pain from the sun ? my mind dont seem to accept that so easily . that seems to be the opposite of what others experience. for them, they would take pain medicine at the drop of a hat, but sit for hours out in the blazing sun…? that is fine.

ah ha, i look out of the window and see the sun clouding over. the sky is more cloudy now. so i suppose it will be more comfortable to sit outside now. but i am quite over moving in and out of the flat and shall be happy to stay indoors and surf the internet. haha.