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Monday, 20 June 2005
Father's Day
Topic: Family Days Out
My, it was hot yesterday and it's not much better today - can't cool down! We had a lovely day yesterday as all the family met at the Open Air Museum at Singleton, not far from Chichester. Three proud Dads all celebrating Father's Day with the children and grandchildren. Thank goodness for a couple of big shady trees to sit under and enjoy the lovely picnic lunch my daughter brought.

Market Hall from TitchfieldThe Museum is a collection of very old historic buildings which were rescued from demolition, carefully moved from their original sites and reconstructed in the West Sussex countryside for posterity to enjoy. One thing I noticed is how cool all these medieval buildings are inside - wish our house was as cool on a hot summer's day! Yesterday was a 'Father's Day' theme and there were all sorts of craft demonstrations to try your hand at. It was too hot to have a go at the Pit Sawing but my son-in-law, Adrian, tried his hand at Pole Lathe Turning. He got the foot treadle movement just right and was told that he was a natural "Bodger"!

I felt sorry for the Blacksmith David, aged 7, working the bellows. Summer 1975demonstrating his trade in the Smithy. Warm work at the best of times let alone on such a hot day. To make matters worse, the Blacksmith was wearing a thick leather apron and what looked like flying boots to protect him from the sparks! I reminded my son about a previous visit many years ago when he was about 7-years-old. David had been completely fascinated by the Blacksmith then and I couldn't get him away from the Forge - he spent over an hour working the bellows. The Blacksmith was making a replica axe head, heating it in the fire and beating it with a hammer. When he finished it, he presented it to David as a reward for all his hard work. That wouldn't happen today as there is a cordon preventing the public from getting too close.

My daughter had a whale The toilet in the Bayleaf Farmhouse at Singleton Museumof a time trying her hand at driving a tractor whilst all the grandchildren had rides on a buggy pulled by a couple of giant cart-horses and on a tractor trailer with hay bale seats which took them round the field. We sat under the trees sipping water and watching. We weren't able to visit all the buildings as the site is very large and it was too hot to gallop round. But, I just had to have another look inside my favourite building, the Bayleaf Farmhouse. This is quite a large timber framed hall house, originally from Kent, dating from the late 15th or early 16th century. The feature I like best is the 'toilet' in the upstairs bedroom which consists of a projection overhanging the back garden with a seat with a round hole over a disposal pit. Bit drafty but it was the height of luxury in the early 16th century!

We ended our day at the Royal Oak public house near Midhurst. We had marvellous food but the helpings were really huge, no room for a pudding or even an ice cream!

Posted by Noviomagus at 18:15 BST Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink

Wednesday, 22 June 2005 - 19:59 BST

Name: doubledog

What do you call 'hot'? My daughter spent two whole summers in England and called home each day. Every single day for two summers I asked, "How are you?" and she answered, "Freezing cold." She was at Monnington-On-Wye. I sent sweaters and a jacket but she was still too chilly.

Here in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, we have already experienced quite a few days high in the nineties with heat index over one hundred. A week from Saturday we go to the condo on the beach for five weeks...on an island facing Charleston, South Carolina. That's what I call hot. It's so hot it makes Norfolk heat feel cool. The first beach week every year, I just drag around, barely able to hold up my head. By the time we leave, I'm just starting to get used to it. So when you tell about how 'hot' it was over there in cold, rainy England, I wonder if we have the same temperatures in mind associated with the word HOT. :-)

Thursday, 23 June 2005 - 00:35 BST

Name: Tessa

Our summers have been getting much hotter over the past few years. My husband recorded 77F at 5.30 pm on the 17th, 80F at the same time on the 18th and 84/85F at nearly 9.00 pm on Sunday evening. In London, it reached 90F. I think it must have been around 88F in the early afternoon on the 19th up at Singleton. The trouble is the speed at which the temperature rises, over 10 degrees Fahreinheit in a few days, and it is a very humid heat as well which makes it much worse.

When I spent nearly a year in Madrid, I acclimatised as the weather just got warmer gradually and it was a dry heat. But when the heat arrives suddenly in England, or I arrive where the heat is, I have a bit of a problem. I could never visit a country with 110F - I would pass away!

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