We were supposed to go away for a long awaited 5 day break last Monday! The first time away in more than 18 months. We enjoyed the drive to the resort, and anticipated being in a warmer clime, natural hot mineral swimming pools, game drives, entertainment, etc. After a 3 hour journey we arrived at 2 p.m. and thought that it didn't feel any warmer than where we live. Anyway we unpacked and settled in, (they are building another phase to the retirement park portion of the resort, which is why we went so that we could take a look at it!), and then an agent took us around and showed us what was available.
We then settled in for the evening - horrors we were freeeeeezzzzzing and there was no heating, nor means of heating or heaters or electric blankets, there wasn't even an oven we could turn on! Ha, ha we are not dumb we had brought a heater with us, only it was no where near big enough to warm the place, which was thatched and had no ceilings, so the warm air went straight up, bet the mice were warm, lol.
I filled the two hotwater bottles (which I had also taken, added blankets on the bed, ditto) and climbed into bed - what else can a person do???
The next morning I woke early and saw the sun rising - ah it will be better today! Yeah! right! The wind was freezing and the sun disappeared, my teeth are chattering, my chilblains are itching and I'm so cold I could cry (don't forget this is sunny South Africa!! we are not used to freezing temperatures) !
Many of you will remember that I nearly lost my husband to pneumonia this time last year and I just wasn't willing to risk his health by sitting around too cold. So guess what?? We packed in about one hour flat and hit the road home again. It was warmer here than it was there. Now they tell us it is the coldest winter they have experienced in 40 years ---- did it really have to happen this week?
So to cut a long story short our less that 24 hour holiday will probably not even survive in our memories and I am now sitting on top of the gas heater toasty and warm, thank you!! And tonight I will have a nicely warmed bed waiting for me, in a warmed bedroom, lol!!