How to survive without air-conditioning

Sunday, January 13, 2013
This summer, the rotating fan is my best friend. I haven't had to use it since I was a student of 19 and studying at a christian university in Hawaii. The sound of a fan whirring and rotating is the sound of a hot summer!

And since our migration north to the tropics (a slight exaggeration, maybe; but that is what it feels like), we are having to learn to survive without airconditioning in our rented, two-storied house. We had airconditioning in our Canterbury house - without it, the nor'west winds are not survivable.

This is probably very much a first-world issue, and while I love it warm I am not very productive when I have my makeup melting on my face. Seriously, if I wear sunglasses or my reading glasses, they just slide down my nose in this heat. I think I was really made for colder climates.

So the first, non-optional (I tell that to Rob at least once a day) luxury for our new house is air-conditiong in the upstairs bedrooms.
And being school-holidays, I can't make home-made iceblocks fast enough, so I have stocked up on grocery-store-bought iceblocks, and we make icecreams in a cone once a day and ice-cream sodas (or spiders) are excellent for making the children feel like they've had a treat and really only using a small amount of icecream and soda.

Thank the Lord for Rob's older brother who lives across the road and generously allows us to use their pool whenever we like, or the children and I would not have survived this hot and humid summer - you should see what it does to my hair. I call it, 'going native.'! Even my children are shocked to see for the first time that I have naturally curly hair, but no amount of flat-ironing seems to stay in this weather.

Last night, just for a change and because the house was intolerable, we packed up a picnic tea of cold chicken, salad, hot chips and fudge for desert and headed for our favourite spot at Pilot Bay. It's the family-friendly side of Mount Maunganui. The ocean side has a long, beautiful, golden beach full of surfers and serious waves, while the other side is in a harbour inlet and cocooned quietly away from the ocean winds, which means safe swimming for children and sheltered enough for picnics.

There were a lot of families there, and the atmosphere is lovely. We ate our dinner and some of us read and some built sand-castles and some splashed and paddled in the sea. And we cooled off and stayed until the sun dipped below the horizon and the sandflies came out to play.

We watched a container ship come into the harbour from the Pacific Ocean, being pushed along by a tug boat. Earlier in the week, Hugh was out there sailing in his boat with his class, learning the rules of racing. They even have to negotiate these giants.

Alice found her brother's sunglasses and kept us entertained with songs and dances.... and poses.

 By the time the sun went down, and we packed up to head home, it was almost 9 o'clock.


Darryl Iorio said...

Aside from ACs, there are a lot of ways to keep cool during a hot summer day. I usually don’t eat ice cream but I do appreciate it during the summer. Also, drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated to avoid heat stroke. Lastly, you can always stay at the mall, do some window shopping and enjoy their centralized AC.

Harold Rhoads said...

If you have lived with an air conditioner for most of your life, it would really be difficult for you to adjust when your AC unit gets broken or go to a place hasn’t got one. Nevertheless, you have to cope with the things around you, right? Eating foods that are refreshing will really help you stand the heat. Ugh, that ice cream is so indulging! :’D

Mignon Her said...

Darryl’s last piece of advice certainly is awesome! I used to do that when our AC becomes faulty. :P By the way, Rachel, have you added one to your upstairs bedroom as planned? I believe there would be nothing more convenient than to spend a cool day at home with the air conditioning on.

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Ambrose said...

I really don’t know how you do it! I’m not sure I could survive even a few days without air conditioning. But you have some really great and creative ideas. It is also nice that you had family you could depend on when the heat got to be too much. I think it is the hardest part that sometimes it seems like the heat overwhelms!

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