The Daily Telegraph

Early risers escape the heat of the afternoon sun

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SIR – Alice Hall’s tips on how to keep cool in a heat-wave (Health and Fitness, August 7) reminded me of when, in the extreme heat of summer, my parents – who were pig farmers – used to get up and start work at 4am, when it was cooler for both them and the animals.

By the time I came home from school in the afternoon, they would be lying on the dining room floor, which was the coolest part of the house, in order to catch up on their sleep.

Fifty years later, our son also works with pigs, and the farmer allowed him to start at 4am in the recent very hot weather so he, too, could finish before the afternoon heat. Better for man and beast.

Jeannene Lake

Roxwell, Essex

 ??  ?? Prize porkers: Sleeping Pigs by the British artist William Henry Davis (1783-1865)
Prize porkers: Sleeping Pigs by the British artist William Henry Davis (1783-1865)

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