Hi, i’m back! After spending a few days in beautiful sunny and warm Copenhagen, it was kind of disheartening coming back to the Dutch weather. And strange weather it is. It isn’t all that warm (somewhere between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius) but very humid (82%). And yesterday evening, during a mighty rainstorm that lasted only a few minutes really, it turned out that my house isn’t all that waterproof. I found a tiny puddle of rainwater on my fridge, that had seeped through the roof of my kitchen. No real damage, but still. And the humidity in the air is condensating on my bathroom walls and then dripping onto the floor, so i’ve had to remove all rugs and bathmats and i keep mopping up water. Oh well.
And now i’m wondering if we’ll have the same crappy weather this spring and summer as we did last year: nothing but rain. All the magazines and blogs out there are preparing us for a long, hot summer. Meals outside, picknicks, swimming pools, sunshine. Not really of any use at all in this little country of mine. So for everyone who is in the same predicament: here’s my recipe for still getting that spring/summer feeling even if it’s raining and a little cold.
First, open all your windows and doors and let the fresh air and bird sounds in. Especially when it’s raining. The air smells fantastic when it rains, just make sure you don’t let it rain in through the open windows. Now play some summer music on your stereo, like Paolo Nutini, CCR, Beastie Boys, FLC, Xavier Rudd, Kyuss, or maybe some Bob Marley. Paint your nails turquoise, or aqua, or a light shade of green. Make your own icecream, like fresh mint/white wine sorbet, or lime yoghurt popsicles. Eat salads. Even if you crave something warm, just make a lukewarm salad. Eat gazpacho. Make your days last as long as possible, so stay up late (again: with all doors and windows open).