My cosy home this winter

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Teddington with his Northern Nights duvetHi there, hope you are all well.

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!

Chloe x

9 Comments

  1. Marie October 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe You are doing a great job on QVC. I just adore Teddy really enjoy the pictures of him. Can you please let me know what type of dog he is . He looks just like a real life teddy bear. Keep up the good work on Q and keep posting pictures of the lovely Teddington. Marie x

  2. Jean October 25, 2013 at 8:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,
    Your dog Teddy is gorgeous, it is lovely when you get a bond with them. I have Eleven Dogs, oldest is 14, youngest are two labradors (brothers) they are a year old this month. They are all working dogs. You do get a bond with them and it is lovely.
    Yes I too love Autumn, the colours on the trees are beautiful, and yes the leaves are blowing off really quickly now. My young Golden Retriever Amber. loves chasing the leaves on the lawn, and when I bent down the other day she thought I was going to throw some for her, so she raced over to me, I did not see her coming and we banged heads, my their heads are solid, I have a lovely bruise above one eye. Amber was okay, just sat and waited for the leaves to flutter around.
    It is a shame that you get really cold hands and feet, it must be difficult, but you are sensible you wrap up warm, I have arthritis in a lot of my joints, have had from a young age, and I have to keep warm. There is nothing better on a lovely Autumn/Winter day to wrap up warm and go out with your dog’s.
    You mentioned fireworks, I have two or three of my dogs, that hate the fireworks, although they work out in the Shooting field they still hate the bangs from the fireworks, they wont eat and hide in their kennels. It is a shame, I know my horse got very uptight, I use to leave the stable light on and put on the radio, and give him plenty of hay. I think it is the loud bang and flashing, they do not know where it comes from.
    Anyway Chloe keep warm and enjoy your gorgeous Teddy.
    Looking forward to the Cozee Home TSV, have never tried their bedding, have the fleeces which are so soft, the cat’s approve.
    Love Jean XX

  3. Beth Morton October 26, 2013 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,
    Thanks for your lovely description of Autumn – it’s one of my favourite seasons too. Teddy is looking very cosy and comfortable – glad to hear you’ve both well and truly bonded!
    I’m sorry to hear you suffer from Raynaud’s Syndrome – a late uncle of mine had it and I know it can be quite uncomfortable and as you said, painful. I hope your operation Get Toasty works and the coming weather is not too cold for you.
    Thanks also for the tip on wool socks – my feet are nearly always cold so I will start investing in better socks!
    Take care,
    Beth XXx.

  4. Roop October 27, 2013 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Chloe, Teddy is soooooo adorable. He looks like one of the charlie bears.They do say our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. Enjoy him.
    love
    Roop

  5. Jenny compton October 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Your hair looks great, what have you used. Do you feel it’s improved yourself?

  6. sarah acutt October 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    hi there chloe
    your dog ”teddy” is totally lovely,he looks just like my lovely little boy who sadly died this april,i had him 16 wonderful years,they do bring so much happiness to our lives..x

  7. Shirley Evans November 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe, what a beautiful dog you have and his name suits him so well. I too suffer from Raynauds, its most upleasant and can be very restricting in the colder weather. I hope it doesn’t prevent you taking lovely long walks with Teddy.
    Keep warm, Shirley xx

  8. Rebecca Robinson November 13, 2013 at 8:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Chloe. I too love Autumn and agree with your sentiments totally. I never understand how people can’t like it. I love those sunny crisp days. Beautifull. I too sufer from Raynauds. It really is nasty snd incredibly painfull. People say to me “oh yes i get cold hands too”. I wish that was all it was, don’t you? I get it all year round but it gets more frequent in the colder months. I love my heated gloves too and my sheepskin boots and sheepskin insoles in other boots and wool socks really help. Another thing people say to me is that “no it can’t be raynauds because you are too young”. Age doesn’t matter with this does it?
    Anyway, your little Teddy is soooo gorgeous. Hope he helps to keep you warm!!

  9. margaret andrews February 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe, Love you little dog – what breed is he. We have a 12 week old poodle/bichon cross also called Teddy. He looks just like your Teddy. We also have a Labradoodle called Maisie.

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