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  2. Well, still no rain here, and little prospect of it. Hopefully it will arrive AFTER the weekend, if it's going to arrive at all. Will be at London't West End tomorrow, Sunday. The Summer sales are here in earnest, and Mrs Freddy would like to scour the shops for bargains. When last we were there, she bought some really nice sandals for £15 that had previously been available at £65 -ish. Not only a bargain, but wearable, and worn to a family gathering only days later. Two of the pairs of courts I tried on a couple of weeks ago, are 'on sale'. One pair from £75 to £37, the other £72 to £48. I maybe foolishly let a style I tried a year ago (and liked), pass me by. From £72 to £43. This style had the potential to have an ankle strap fitted, that would help keep them on my feet. £43 isn't as much of a bargain as they could be though, and for an extra £5 I could have bought the courts with the stupidly high heel. (Hampton.) The better reduction of the group is the Steve Madden shoes, but patent? I may be tempted tomorrow. Mrs Freddy has already asked if they are to be an early birthday present.... (Some months off yet.) Bless her.
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  4. Yes, I noticed the stories about the school kids in Exeter and the French bus drivers. They all make a good point. My work does the me to places where tough knee-length leather boots are advisable, even in the heat. They won't help thwart crocodiles - which can also hide alarmingly well - but they work wonders against inland taipans, king brown snakes, and death adders.
  5. This is ever-so-slightly off-topic, but not completely .... Too hot for long trousers? Full story >> here << And "Too hot for long trousers? II" Full story >> here <<
  6. I was going to add something like: "Were I somewhere snakes/ticks/leeches or anything else looking to eat me was going to be found, I'd be wearing thigh length leather boots." And then I realised, unless I was to get into an aeroplane (unlikely) fly over jungle (even less likely) and survive an plane crash into that jungle (less likely still) I wouldn't be found anywhere I'd need those boots anyway..... There are many places in Scotland I'd like to visit, but even the midges (and probably ticks) there, are bad enough to keep me away. Another reason to prefer cooler climes. Bears and wolves are much more visible.
  7. I have work sturdy leather knee boots in the tropics on assignment. I was in a place where there were many snakes and the protection the boots offered more than compensated for their warmth in the already hot humid conditions. Indeed, some of the people around me were rather envious of my boots.
  8. Might depend on the time of day too? Meaning, I might wear a sandal during a hot evening, but not during the day. I get noticed enough without actually inviting attention. I wouldn't wear any closed toe shoe in the weather we've just had at 30' Centigrade. I don't own a heeled sandal, so too much heat means no heels for me. I did try on some "gladiator" wedges some years ago when they were trendy, but didn't buy them despite the shoes being a surprisingly good fit. They would have been 'holiday' shoes, and since I don't have holidays any longer, they weren't added to the collection. Given the temperatures we've experienced over the past week, that omission may have been a mistake. So in answer to the question .... Probably anything past 26/27 degrees would be too warm. Nothing to do with a heel, but none of my shoes have an open toe. (I've a pair on sale on Ebay, but they are not 'wearing' shoes.)
  9. A thread like this was launched over on HHP and I thought I would pose the question here: how hot does it have to be before one stops wearing boots? Or, conversely, how cool is it before one resumes wearing boots in the autumn? Speaking for myself, I would certainly say this week's 30C-plus weather did not make suede otk boots an attractive option, although I did wear my hiking boots in town. A cooler rainier day today though has me back in my favourite footwear in the office.
  10. You wild and crazy guy, you... Thunder and rain here, pleasantly cool - definitely boot weather
  11. I've a 'thing' for cork wedges. Mrs Freddy can't be doing with them (dunno why) but I like them. Possibly I have subliminal memories of a girlfriend wearing them in my otherwise forgotten past .... They have the feel of holidays about them, summer, pleasant times....
  12. Still humid here, despite the 10 minute shower that the weathermen suggested would be a "thunderstorm", though temperature and humidity are nothing like as oppressive as it was yesterday. It's cooler, which might mean I can sleep in/on my bed tonight .... As for footwear, still in flat sandals, still repairing floorboards. I know how to live it up!
  13. Indeed! Back in boots this morning
  14. Ah c'mon, I'm only size A cup size... Thanks for the compliment on my legs! Much cooler today, so I suppose you might be doing the outdoor jobs, although it sounds as though a thunderstorm is brewing here (south coast). I'm currently wearing these in the office but will change into shoes to go shopping later! I need longer trousers for these, but I don't think many people WOULDN'T notice me wearing them even with floor-length boot-cut jeans, as they definitely modify the way I walk.
  15. Give me between 10 and 25 degrees C. I'd prefer higher to lower, so this heatwave was lovely although I'm glad I was able to dress to suit it. I pity people who are cooped up in an office, in business dress, in this weather. The temperature is much cooler today - I even wore 4-inch lace-up shoes rather than sandals.
  16. It most certainly isn't the case, being paid what one is worth - at least not with my major employer (although that didn't used to be the case; once upon a time they were the gold standard in my industry) My work has taken me to some very unusual corners of the world. I, too, much prefer the cold although the air at minus-56C felt astoundingly cold
  17. I would take two doses of the cold, over one of each any day. I have no doubts both would be extremely uncomfortable though. Well done you. Needless to say, "I hope they pay you what you're worth." It's not usually the case.
  18. Warmest weather I ever experienced was 53C in sub-Saharan Africa; coldest was minus-56C. Both were fairly unpleasant.
  19. The only time I enjoy a bright blue sky, is during Winter, early Spring or late Autumn. Otherwise, likely too hot for me. I once experienced 35' in Ibiza. I barely left the pool. Could be that temperature up here in the Home Counties today. It's just ridiculously hot. While other countries might experience these or even greater temperatures (a Turkish friend once told me she expects 40' in Istanbul during the summer) it's something local people have acclimatised to, and is something that usually happens with the progression of the climate through the season, and would include historic experience. I'm pretty sure that doesn't apply here? We Brits can quite literally have overcoat weather one day, and record breaking temperatures (for the month) a week later. This is pretty much what has happened over the last two weeks. If I remember correctly, twice during the week beginning the 5th of June, my central heating started up. One day, continuously from 6-10pm, so the full evening period. A week later, it gets warm enough to walk around the house naked (I hear) and a couple of days later, too hot to walk around naked. We had some conversation previously about temperature rises of 10 degrees over a short period. We are now talking about a 20 degree rise, and from nowhere. If I lived in Spain, these temperature swings might be 'usual' over a single day, meaning night time temperatures might fall, though falling 20 degrees? Our temperatures surely 'swing' more than most, and is why (I'm led to believe) our weather is so hard to predict. I am thankful we don't have a summer that includes 3 months of 30' temperatures. Though if it was typical, I would have invested in some air-con by now. I'm very much looking forward to some cooler weather. P.S. School's out for the summer! Pupils sent home on the hottest June day since 1976 in 93F heatwave... and they've EVEN cancelled the donkey rides Mercury hit 93F (33.9C) at Heathrow, west London - making it the hottest June day for 40 years It is also the warmest Summer Solstice on record, beating the previous record of 89F (31.7C) Andover Church of England Primary School, Hampshire, closed its doors at 11.30am this morning Donkey rides at Coney Beach in Porthcawl, South Wales, suspended because it was too hot for the animals Ambulance service in London has seen 'unprecedented demand' during current heatwave Argos is struggling to cope with demand for electric fans, particularly in London Full article >> here << It's not just me .....
  20. What about the moobs? The legs are in good shape though. Those shoes look very wearable in this weather. You seem to have less trouble being spotted than I do, so suitability might be higher for you than it would be for me. Put another way, I'm sure I'd be spotted by everyone who saw me. I'm wondering if I walk badly in a heel? Or am I a bit heavy footed? I'm currently rubbing down floorboards. Am very wet despite the shorts and sandals. I have at least 2 jobs waiting for me that involves working outside. Not in this weather. It's like an oven outside. "Sweltering" is right. On the couch again tonight. Hopefully some respite (mid twenties) tomorrow.
  21. The 'last minute' thread seems to be getting less minute by the minute, so I thought I'd start another! It's HOT here! By some standards not at all hot but in the UK we often get humid heat, which is sweltering! I thought I'd have a change from my wedges for relaxing at home, so have got these out of the wardrobe. Any comments on suitability for streetwear? They have 4.5 inch block heels about 1.5 inches wide. No comments on my held-in paunch, please!
  22. Growing old is not for the faint of heart. It certainly has been warmish the past few days with temperatures expected to get up to 30C again today. I really can't call that hot weather - for me 'hot' doesn't start until 35C at least - but the stickiness is less than pleasant. I certainly have not been the least bit tempted to wear my boots! My favourite sort of day would be 27C with a taut blue sky. In Australia one sees that often. Again, perhaps not the best weather for otk boots, but a lovely day nonetheless.
  23. We Brits in the South are experiencing a mini (thank goodness) heatwave in June, not seen for 20 years. I live in house with a "South facing garden" with my bedroom at the back of the house. It's been unbearably warm the last couple of days, and I have slept on the couch the last two nights. We have at least another two days of this, and I'm struggling to function. Any plans I had for wandering in heels has had to be postponed, as I never feel comfortable while 'leaking'. When younger, I didn't sweat much, if at all. Now older, I only have to look at a hot drink, for me to start leaking through every pore. Yet another one of the 'trials and tribulations' of getting older. Such fun! Some time in Winter I will be looking forward to warmer days, drier days, but right now .... I'd welcome a couple of days of showery overcast weather. Obviously, "there's no pleasing some people" and I might be one of them .... 18-22 degrees C is the ideal temperature for me. Preferably with "Altostratus translucidus" (its says here) which is a high thin hazy cloud producing a very light shadow on the ground on an otherwise bright clear day, together with dry air and just a hint of a breeze. I get to see days like this, perhaps once every 3 years? Although they are probably more frequent in places away from an ocean. So Kensington next week then ....
  24. Leaving late on Friday meant a visit to Kensington wasn't on the cards, so I'll have to make that trip another day. Instead, I went for a very late walk around the South Bank. Stopped for food on the way, just off of Tottenham Court Road. Arriving a little after 8.30 and leaving a tad after 10. Service was slow but the food was good. Friday nights in town, are always going to busy.... I'd thought the wind might pick up later, especially around the river, but it didn't. It was a warm night, despite walking by the river. There were fireworks at Somerset House, which looked good to me, but got some unpleasant headlines the next day. Apparently, one or two people confused the fireworks with bombs. I was there, and there was no need for any confusion. If you were close enough to hear the fireworks, you were close enough to see them. In fact we saw them BEFORE we heard them. Must have been some sort of black-tie gig, as we passed about 60 people walking toward Cannon Street station along the Embankment on our return journey. At least 50 of them were men? Mostly over 60 years old too. The walk was a challenge, especially in 5 inch heels. I was by no means a marathon, but with a belly full of food, the warm air (no refreshment) and the heels all made for an interesting walk. We returned to the car for just past 1am, not getting home until almost 2am. Even out in the sticks, the air was warm, and my feet were still cooking warm.
  25. Not easy to pass on wisdom, anecdotes and family history. The market is small, as I have discovered. My own childhood and adolescence had a lot of startling events and episodes in it, some of it set against quite unusual backdrops too. Lately though my two teenagers have started to express a bit of curiosity. My own family - parents and grandparents, now all long dead, were very good at passing down stories through the generations, to the extent that I know quite a few personal stories about my great-great-grandfather, and even a few about my great-great-great-great-great grandmother, born in 1795. They lived on in anecdote and story to the extent I feel as though I knew them. I have passed down a few of those tales to my own children so the old folks will continue to live on.
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  27. I had one. Both me and a younger brother got one each at Christmas, might have been around 1970 -ish. After a couple of years use, mine still looked pristine. My brothers, looked like it was 10 years old, and had needed a couple of repairs. I wasn't the tallest in my group, but on that, I was the fastest. Same on skates, my legs were quick and strong, even if they looked like matchsticks. "I could have been a contender". Thinking back, I had all the attributes for long distance racing. Slim, fit, lots of stamina. Need very little liquid ... Sadly, 50 years too late to recognise my potential. Back then, for the most part, the best that could be expected of me by my family was I got employment. Sounds a bit lame now, but as you suggest, we (now) live in a different world. We weren't taught to expand our horizons, and the government school programme was to provide material for our manufacturing base (as was). My family came from the slums of London, and my father knew what it was to be really poor (I now know) and when I say poor, I mean dirt poor. He had achieved something by having a home with furniture, some food, and no-one chasing him for unpaid bills. Wen I look back on how we lived and what we ate, I am shocked. "Meagre" comes close. There was never - ever, any danger of anyone in my family becoming overweight. It didn't help that neither of my parents had the first clue about food, how to cook it, and ways to put a meal together. My mother is still to this day, the only person I know who has managed to burn a casseroled joint of meat. And when I say 'burn', I mean charcoaled. How anyone manages that with liquid in the dish, I can't imagine, but she did. The top half (out of the liquid) looked like a piece of coal. The lower half, preserved by liquid, had shrunk so much and become so tough, it might have been used for a cricket ball. It got eaten though. No-one enjoyed eating it, but food didn't go in the bin. Perhaps i should commit these memories to paper (or electronic media) but it'll take a 100 years for my history to become pertinent to a social anthropologist, and then it's only a 'maybe'. I have tried to engage my grandson in this, and even though he is a sensitive and intelligent little man, his attention is drawn to mindless hours of Mindcraft videos. I have told him this stuff is known in the industry as 'time-killers', but he doesn't care. Console games = opium of the masses.
  28. Funny the different perspectives one has. In the America of the 60s and early 70s, where I spent my childhood, Converse sneakers were standard fare, practically two a penny. So were those kinds of goofy kids bicycles - Schwinn spiders, with their motorcycle/chopper styling, high handlebars, banana saddles and sissybars. A genuine ten-speed 'racer', on the other hand, with drop bars and 27" wheels, was quite exotic. We called them "English racers" and envied people who owned them
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