I didn't think it would be this cold.

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  • #223978

    jodevizes
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    Although the weather has been good outside, inside the flat I am staying in is freezing and am huddled around a calor gas heater.

    Apparently the building will not pay to have the central heating on  so it is like living in a fridge.

    I go to cafes and sit in the sun and sit like an iguana soaking up the rays to get my old bones warm.

    It is going to be colder later this week so I think I may stay in bed.

     

  • #223982

    kiwi
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    There is no insulation in the older places. Our place in Thess was like that in winter. More like a morgue. We bought some oil filled heaters that had a fan to blow out the air. They soon heated up the living room. I also suggest you go to one of the markets, and buy yourself some fleece pajamas. They are cheap maybe about 7 euro, but are so cosy! Thick fleece is the warmest thing you can wear. The markets have warm slippers and socks too.

    Gas heaters make for a damp kind of heat. Until I bought an electric blanket to heat the bed before I got in, I used a hot water bottle and that helped a lot. Two more months and it will be over. Athens has a brilliant climate but winters can have snow too. Think warm thoughts  :yes:

  • #223985

    Ian
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    Homeric

    …buy yourself some fleece pajamas…

    They may be cosy but they’re very effective killers of any form of sex-life too… :negative:

  • #223988

    kiwi
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    There are some very pretty fleece nighties if pajamas are not acceptable Ian. Frozen bells won’t make for a great sex life either :yahoo:

  • #223996

    jodevizes
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    It snowed in Athens today. Nothing serious but snow never the less and my cold has returned. Nose like a running tap.  😥  😥

  • #224000

    Ian
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    Homeric

    Frozen bells won’t make for a great sex life either :yahoo:

    Don’t know :scratch:

    But I have some good memories involving ice-cubes.. :whistle:

    Mmm, maybe check the freezer later…

  • #224001

    the reiver
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    oil filled heaters

    We have an oil filled radiator (from Carrefour) in the bedroom which has three power settings and a “volume” switch. We have it one the lowest settings and let it just tick over all night.  Keeps the room comfortably warm.   :-) Last week we were watering the garden (no rain for December) but now have snow all around us here in Mani after a night of rain and very cold wind. Happy New Year         😎

  • #224005

    kolofarthos
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    Homeric

    Ah so sad to hear you have a water shortage, Reiver. Last night will make up a little. Perhaps you would care for some good Borders heat and precipitation? Hawick would be glad to send you some, as well as many other low lying or riverside locations across the whole of Northern UK! Jo should have moved North for some heat. No mention by Sunnyboy of the temp on the balcony…….just what is going on this winter? :scratch: :unsure:

  • #224008

    the reiver
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    Hawick

    I’m a Galalean ! 18 miles from the above place that we don’t talk about.   :negative:

    Spoke to Sunny at Lidl in Messini on Tuesday and he’s fine but not reading GiH much.  :unsure: 😎

     

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  • #224010

    Shazzie
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    Down by the sea in Kalamata today it’s 17. So not cold, but very wet.

    Our friends from Poliani up in the mountains from us, are in England so we drive up to check on their cat. It’s -5 and snowing now, yet last week we were walking the pooch up there in t shirts.

    Our Aussie friend who has an orange grove told us this year was first for 23 years he had to water the trees.

    To cap it all off, Shila found a tortoise in the olive grove yesterday !

    Too confusing !!!!!

    Jo, is there a chance you can get a wood burner for your flat ? We rented a place and the chimney was routed out of a window, which was easily replaced when we left. Our little wood burner here keeps 90% of our house warm, so economical !

  • #224035

    jodevizes
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    I am getting a flat with a fireplace for sure. It doesn’t help that when this move was started it was February, so I packed all the winter clothes and on Ryanair you can just about get a pair of pants and a toothbrush in the carry on.

  • #224045

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    Hoplite

    Did anyone know that chilli peppers really do warm you up and activate the ‘brown’ fat in your body, which heats up, burns calories and acts like thermal underwear?  In the winter sprinkle some Tabasco or chilli powder over every meal. Tabasco is excellent on scrambled eggs by the way.

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  • #224050

    kiwi
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    I shall remember that one. I am perpetually cold.

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