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When I moved into this place last Fall (April 2010), I was concerned about what friends warned me re: months ahead:

“It gets cold here in winter.”

“I’ll be OK.” I’d respond…mostly to those who know where I’ve spent many Northern Hemisphere Decembers-Marches, and many of whom have been there to.

“Oh no…” they’d say, “this is a different type of cold.”  Followed by a series of reasons why.  The most popular being:
– homes aren’t insulated
– no central heating
– bone chilling
(etc)

So my concerns about the house came from an overpreparedness born from these warnings and the reliability of my sources – a trusted cohort of former snowbunnies.

Without going into detail, my house appeared to have little protection from cold (lots of windows, gaps, uncovered tile floors) and the surroundings seemed like a recipe for a wind-tunnel (open fields on two sides), which after feeling many gusts from the Hudson thru 140th st bldgs up to B’way, made me a bit scared.

But now, several months and South African cold snaps later, I think I’ve figured out the essentials.

Either that or I never fail to ignore and always give thanks for the power of African sun to turn 40 degree nights into beautiful 70 degree days without fail.

“It hardly ever rains in winter.”

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