The summer has well and truly passed and we are into mid-autumn which is my favourite season. The colours outside are beautiful – autumn is a very pretty dance by nature with its vast arrays of earthy reds, orange, yellows and browns. It's stunning. Thankfully it's not yet too cold to really enjoy it, a lightweight jacket or coat seems to suffice. Leaves are all over the ground, they crunch underfoot and this makes me smile inside and out. I don't know if you've noticed but there's a smell to autumn, it's difficult to describe but it's a fresher deeper scent than summer with moist grass aroma in the air.
I've loved taking my dog for a walk over the last few weeks, I kick the leaves around for him and he jumps up trying to catch them, we've totally bonded. The other morning it was chilly outside, dropped to around 12 degrees but the sun was out and that really is the perfect predicament. I know winter is drawing in though, I heard the first few fireworks go off the other night and Bonfire night is just around the corner. I'm not sure how Teddy will respond to the loud bangs outside, I guess we will just have to see.
Winter is really something I find I really have to prepare for, like wild animals who hibernate. I suffer from a disease called Raynaud's Syndrome which means I get excessively reduced blood flow to my hands and feet in colder conditions, then they turn white because the blood doesn't get to the extremities and it actually hurts. Winter really affects me, some days it's simply awful and I can't be outside for very long.
I love skiing, but as you can imagine this cause me many problems but nothing heated ski boots and battery operated gloves can't assist with. Over the next few weeks operation Get Toasty will be taking place in my world. I'm going to dig out my warmer layers, I think there are some thermals in a box under the bed which will be perfect for the morning dog walks, along with my stash of scarves, hats and gloves. One top tip for warm feet are socks with a high wool percentage and other natural fibres, not manmade ones.
A place I always want to be super cosy and toasty is in bed. I don't like to have the heating on overnight, especially with these soaring energy prices, but you don't have to, it's all about the right bedding. For warmth this winter choose Northern Nights winter weight duvet and then encase it in some Cozee Home fleecy bedding. There's a TSV coming up on Tuesday 29th October – you'll be sleeping in a toasty lap of luxury. Teddy couldn't wait to get his paws on it – so, heating off and so to bed!