Edinburgh Summer, you are such a tease.

Edinburgh Expeditions

I’ve always been the sort of person to prefer cold weather to hot. As my fellow New Hampshirites complain about the snow, the wind, and the negative temperatures, I laugh and damn the summer. I would rather be cold than too warm–putting on another jumper, hobo gloves and wrapping up in a blanket with a cuppa and a good book is my idea of the perfect relaxing winter’s day.

Notice that I said “winter.”

Edinburgh’s summers are apparently very short. Like, a week in May. Absolutely gorgeous weather, then nothing but rain and cold. I’ve been very happy that I haven’t packed away my jumpers, and that I didn’t listen to my mother and continue to wear my winter boots.

Yesterday, the first day of summer, was cold. I wore jeans, sheepskin lined slippers, drank hot tea, reorganized my workspace. Which, believe you me, was a lot more work than I initially anticipated.

I return from my digression. I’ve never been one to complain about the cold–until now. I don’t want weather to be too warm, but I would like to wear my dresses. And maybe, just maybe, my sandals. And my new sunglasses. So my reasons for disliking the cold are vain.

It isn’t just that. It’s the rain that keeps you from wanting to venture out, that keeps me from going to the library (as in this weather, I’d rather be cold in my own home, where I can get as much tea as my heart desires, thanks very much). Even trips to the neighborhood Tesco become daunting affairs. “I ventured out to do the laundry, that’s enough,” I said.

Though, I’m pretty fortunate compared to New England. Temperatures in the high 90s to low 100s? No thank you. I’d rather freeze.

2 thoughts on “Edinburgh Summer, you are such a tease.

  1. I prefer cold to hot myself, hence I live in Minnesota 🙂 I came from a tropical country (Indonesia) but can’t stand that heat and humidity anymore. I’d take snow over melting heat any day!

    I so want to go to Edinburgh!! But if I get to go over there, I be sure to pack my boots instead of sandals though, which is fine actually, I love wearing boots. In any case, I think you are lucky that you live in such a beautiful country like Scotland! 😀


    1. I love the cold, rainy weather. One thing that’s been good about it is I’ve been forced to stay inside and work on my dissertation.

      The weather here is so random. We have a saying in New Hampshire–if you don’t like the weather, wait a day. Here, specifically today, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. We had sun, heat, rain, cold, thunder, fog…it really changes. About a month ago we had gorgeous weather, in shorts, skirts–I even got sunburn. When my mum visited last week, she brought the same clothing as when she was here in March. Really random.

      As I’ve said, you’d love Edinburgh! Maybe try to visit next year during the International Film Festival. I’m really excited; I’m attending two events (and a friend is going to the Europe premiere of Brave. I’m intending on watching the red carpet).


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