The Netherlands are hot.
Our national meteorological institute has declared these hot days an official heat wave.
The Dutch cool down next to water.
Beaches and swimming pools are full.
|Monday, 11th August 2003
To me it feels like I'm near the equator again.
I enjoy the heat.
As far as I'm concerned every summer may last 12 months.
My blood is full of tropics, I'll take them all along.
My physical speed slows down,
I start relaxing at breakfast,
get my bike out of the shed and cycle slowly to the train station.
The office of
my current OO-PHP project
is air conditioned.
It is a bit of a shame.
Behind a cool
(a real IBM one!)
the hot weather passes without notice.
|Special thanks to Menno Zeilstra
for supplying the real
I only struggle in the evening.
At home the heat accumulates over the day.
Sweating on the damp sheets I find it hard to sleep.
A fan does help, but its buzz keeps me awake.
I wish I had an aircon.
Air conditioners are strange devices.
They dispose heat to somewhere, where it does not bother you, withdraw heat using evaporation.
An aircon is
There must be a way to mimic the cooling.
I have to wet my house, let it cool down by evaporation.
a bucket of cold water
I water the outdoor walls.
The hot stone walls suck buckets full of water.
The neighbours must think I have gone mad:
- like a swimmer feeling a cool breeze on his wet skin,
- like a house cooling down after a shower.
Fine with me.
Nut is watering his house.
Wet walls are an excellent air conditioner.
The bedroom is nice and cool.
The fan can take a break.
After earlier sweaty nights I make up for my missed sleep.
I sleep all to well:
and enjoy it!
- The water evaporates from the wet walls.
- The hot moisture stays outdoors very nicely.
- The house cools down, like it just rained.
When wet walls keep me cool
I don't mind being a fool.