Winter is drawing in, this morning youngest insisted on wearing his thicker winter coat, you can feel the crisp chill in the morning especially when doing the school run. It’s only a matter of time before I dig out their vests for an extra layer to keep them comfortable...
I do not feel like we have had a proper glorious summer, we just had a few days of relatively warm weather and lots of rainy days in between! My batteries have not been recharged ready for the long cold spell we have ahead of us. If the news reports are accurate we could be in for one hell of a winter... a 5 month arctic freeze apparently!
It’s time to make some preparations ahead. Our blankets have been washed ready for cosy evenings on the sofa and hubbie will start searching for wholesome soup recipes (the kitchen is quite warm when the oven is on so winter see’s lots more cooking taking place!). We are not quite as prepared as we hoped; the ceilings in two rooms are still waiting to be completed, our log burner yet to be installed and even extra furniture we hoped to buy to fill rooms to conserve heat never happened!!! So I feel we are not quite ready for the next few testing months in an old cold big house. It’s not like we can quickly get the work sorted either, it’s so expensive having renovation work and our pot is well and truly empty!
We have decided to cheer things up in the garden though; it’s surprising how much heat you can get from the Chimenea burning random bits of wood, the dog is forever finding sticks for us to keep it topped up and smores are very tasty to eat whilst you bask in the warmth! But as the nights draw in early as we get closer to Christmas, we plan on having more outside lights; they are not too expensive from Scotlight Direct so we can manoeuver around the garden safely coming back from playdates and after school clubs.
Anyone else feeling disheartened about winter 2015 already!