If you don't have air con or a fan, what we used to do was wet the top sheet and wring it out and then sleep under that, as while you are sleeping, the sheet draws the heat from your body to dry.
Blimey! You can tell I have had some real cheapo holidays.
Quote: Originally posted by Jacky on 09 July 2011
I'm always curious as to how other people manage to sleep when it's so hot. We have been coming to Corfu for 15 years and spent most of 2007 there and I don't think we managed to get a good night's sleep during the summer, any handy hints or tips guys?
Jackie..Try a few Metaxas..I can sleep all night fully clothed even in August after a night in Kostas Bar in Kassiopi
Message posted by Barrow Boy on 09 July 2011 at 11:59pm - IP Logged
Placing thermometers in the direct sun is an unreliable way of measuring temperature. A thermometer with a black background and white scale will show a higher temperature than a thermometer with a white background and black scale. With a black background you could easily get a reading of 50 degrees Celsius when in fact it may only be 30 degrees Celsius in the shade. Temperatures measured in the shade are the only accurate measurements which is why the weathermen measure that way.
Message posted by Lavinia on 10 July 2011 at 12:12am - IP Logged
Jacky, of course Bruce is absolutely right about a few glasses of Metaxa but if you can remember to shut your shutters and windows as early in the day as possible and only open them up again after dark, you will find that your room remains cool. If you are in an apartment or house, this is even more relevant. However, do NOT leave your window open at night unless you have a mossie screen as they will devour you. I would suggest bringing out a few yards of muslin to drape over your shut shutters if there is no mossie screen. It weighs nothing and takes up little room in your suitcase. I have absolutely no problem sleeping for at least ten hours every night here as it is so quiet. but I wage a war against mossies and have screens on every window! The other thing you can do is to buy some Vasilliki (small leaved basil) and put it in your window/by your bed etc. as it discourages mossies and smells amazing. Costs 1.50 euros in my local garden shop for a pot.
Message posted by Elliemay on 10 July 2011 at 12:13am - IP Logged
I was measuring in the shade! Put my clock on the table on our balcony which is in shade almost all day. The sun rises behind my house and the only time that I get direct sunlight on the balcony is between 5pm and 6pm Corfu time of an evening.
Lavinia, strange that you should say that, but I have been growing basil for culinary purposes on my balcony and only remarked to my husband last night the we had very few mosquitoes compared to other years.
I have one plant either end of the balcony, but it seems to do the trick.
Looks like I may need to grow basil instead of grass!
Message posted by Lavinia on 10 July 2011 at 12:17am - IP Logged
So how do you suggest we get an accurate reading of the temperature in the sun BB? I think most of us who know Corfu well will know when it is exceptionally hot without having to resort to a thermometer but sometimes it is interesting to actually know in what temperature you have been standing like a ninny watering your beloved plants!
Message posted by janmanessi on 10 July 2011 at 12:18am - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by mossa on 09 July 2011
Any hints how to avoid swollen feet and legs in the heat. I go through a lot of pain during my hols.
ps. I wear flight socks
One thing I do is at night while sleeping or trying to sleep I put a couple of pillows or cushions or towels under my feet to raise them up higher throughout the night and it reduces the swelling by morning.
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