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Ice Cold in Kerala

This one's for Catherine

all seasons in one day -30 °C

India seems to be in a vortex of climate change; the northwest was hit by the maelstrom that devastated Pakistan last summer, monsoon rains are still drenching the east coast of Tamil Nadu - now three months into the traditional dry season, and record low temperatures have left the residents of the north shivering in their sandals. Here, in Southern India, where the temperature has been a steady 30c for the past month, the thermometer suddenly nose-dived to below freezing overnight - enabling us to take a true polar-bear swim at dawn on New Year’s day. Here we are fleeing the frigid waters of the Arabian Sea…
Thankfully we had warm coats, mufflers and gloves waiting …
You can tell how cold it has become from this picture…
It was mid-afternoon and there wasn’t a soul on this tropical palm-fringed beach except us… Brrrr!
Anyway, dear readers, (and especially Catherine), we want you to know that we braved the elements just to bring you this greeting from India…

With love to all our blog readers

Jim and Sheila

Posted by Hawkson 04:55 Archived in India

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Wonderful "sand" card for New Year's. You both look healthy and happy. Give each other a hug from us.

With love, your Victoria cousins.

by Terri and Paul

All of us join together to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year filled with luck, happiness, love, peace and most of all good health !!!!!!!

by Jenny Jose

What a beautiful spot to bring in the new year!! Annd you don't want to know how cold it is here!! Love the picture of you two getting warmed up! Healthy, happiness and safe travels for the rest of your journey and 2011! Love Max and Mac

by Maxine Stewart

I can't think of a better greeting card than one written in the sand....wonderful! Here on the island it is sunny but cold. Your photo of the big hug warmed my spirits.
Wishing you both happy travels and continuing good health.
Love, Kaye

by Kaye Thomson

Wow! You are a true inspiration....since it's -5 here this morning I was a bit hesitant to go for my polar bear swim...but seeing your determination, despite the bitter cold, has made me change my mind ;) Feliz ano nuevo (since I don't know how to say it in any of the 4000 Indian languages)! Stay bundled up and try to avoid more of the cold...I can see that the frost bite is changing the colour of your skin...so sad...I hope it's not permanent.
Love to you both,

by catherine

Wishing you both the very best for the New New Year! Have a safe journey home.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Happy Happy New Year to you both...I love your on going letters though I never seem to manage to comment before the next one arrives...this is my fresh start for the new year.
As for myself, the best I could do re a polar bear swim was to put a very large Crystal Happy Head in the ocean and watch him smile at the frozen water around him. I was wearing red Canadian mittens (compliments of Mother) loaded with hand warmers and can't imagine how crazy you all are for continuing this cold-wet-tradition. BUT...then again...that's just another reason why I LOVE YOU! Wishing you both the finest the new year has to offer...I predict it's going to be 'a beauty'! xoxo Gabriole/* and the 'temple-cats'

by Gabriole

Hi you two intrepids. Ah, the coast line of Goa looks so familiar...made us nostalgic, except Harv had heat stroke when we were there...that part don't miss so much. Thank you for the unique new years greeting...thats wonderful. Wishing you both continued joyous adventures..

by Sharron and Harv

Happy New Years to both of you! What a beautiful card.

by Sandra

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