Snowy weather - in April!


Hello All,
When I awoke this morning it was to the beautiful ? sight of snow covered roads and icy winds coming howling through the gaps in this house which is called Shambles Manor (hehe I am joking of course, the "house" is a 4 apartment upper flat - but it feels like a rambling, freezing box - at times). I have a cheek , we spend an absolute fortune trying to heat it, unfortunately no matter what we to do it is always cold and even my hot flushes don't seem to help. Our insulation is shot to pieces and that is what the problem is.

Yeah I know, it's not much fun to read my moans - actually the purpose of bringing up the fact that I can see winter outside reminded me that there was a time when D.O. and I went travelling to a sunshine island called Majorca - only it wasn't ! sunshining I mean !! but I will explain....

It was the beginning of March about 9 years ago I think, we had never been to Majorca and through a family connection with someone who lived in Majorca part of the year, we had the chance of going there for 8 weeks. Oh what a wonderful opportunity, to sightsee, enjoy warmer weather than we were experiencing in Scotland great we thought, so the suitcases were packed and we were off full of expectancy looking forward to a long leisurely holiday.

We arrived on the holiday island and set about collecting our hire car which was to be our new mode of transport for the next few weeks - we then set off for the north of the Island , the sun was shining and you could feel the heat in the air, it was wonderful ! We arrived at our abode a couple of hours later, excited and looking forward to a great break, hehe .... to find - a maintenance engineer for the flats pulling out the heating boiler which had burst, the floor flooded and the flat freezing.....

Have you ever wanted to sit down and weep ? Well , we eventually had hot water in the flat which was a good job because as night fell the flat felt colder than Scotland (and that's saying something). We ended up heating a hot water bottle (in other words a glass lemonade bottle) with hot though not boiling water (we're not daft)... popping it into bed as we made up the bed in the bedroom. This arrangment changed the next day though, it got to freezing in days to come and we moved the bed arrangement - mattresses etc to the living room from the spare bedroom so that we were only heating one room as we only had a 'tiny' heater. The wind howled between the spaces where the spare bedroom patio doors were fitted. The Island of Majorca is not used to having 'cold' weather - as we found out and their houses are not built for the inclement weather.

The next couple of weeks we had organized the flat so that we were comfortable in our new home - It was weird going to shop in the next town and seeing people buying logs to burn in their fireplaces - we felt like asking them if we could go home with them to get a heat. We also became quite used to seeing old water heaters and boilers hanging out of rubbish skips in the streets hehe.. The children of Majorca were having a great time making snow balls and then putting them in their freezers to show folk when they came over to visit, it was the coldest weather the folk in Majorca had experienced for 80 years - wonderful! We of course were used to cold, the only thing was that our flat there was not built for cold weather. We had not packed clothes for cold weather either and managed to get someone from Scotland to bring my sheepskin coat and other cold weather clothes with them when they were coming over. Yes it was 'that' cold...... We would call at the Burger place at the next town and buy a burger and coffee and sit alone in the restaurant enjoying our burgers sitting alone watching thetemperature guage on the side of the building go downwards....

The flat we were staying in was just up the road from the beach, it was beautiful a long golden sandy beach with plenty things for the children to do and we would 'picture' it in our minds the fun folk could have (during the summer). The only thing was at that time the waves were twenty feet high when they were breaking over the sea wall - it reminded my other half of Largs (which is a seaside town in Scotland) in the midst of winter.

We eventually got to the end of our holiday - have we been back to Majorca since then ? Yeah, lots of times, it certainly hasn't put us off the Island. However, we do not go there between the months of November and April.......

Gosh I haven't half blethered a bit today, I will close now and send you all Greetings from A country called Scotland - which is covered in snow at the moment but is also to Scots the world over, the best and the most beautiful place on earth (ie God's country)...




Cheers to all, Kate xxx.