We’ve had our Indian Summer and weren’t some of the sunsets amazing! Now apparently because the berries were on a certain shrub over August , we are in for a hard and cold winter. I always thought that if the berries were untouched till late then it was because they were being saved for winter. Either way we are in for a cold and possibly white Christmas.
But before you batten down the hatches, store your tinned foods away and nestle down on a bed of hay- there are a few tasks to do.
- Free Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation- easy. Apply http://www.freeinsulation.co.uk/
- Line or interline those curtains- even attaching old blankets to the back of curtains over winter stops heat loss.
- Seal draughts- Strips of tape inside doors, a sticky pad over keyholes on inside of door
- Paint woodwork, it’s better to do it now in natural light than in artificial light.
- Paint the front door- There’s something kinda uplifting about nicely painted door.
- Look at changing your lightbulbs to more energy saving.
- Christmas is coming, time to change those dining chair pads! 1½ metre of material and a staple gun and that’s 4 chairs done.
- Don’t neglect the garden or window boxes. Cut that grass, clear those leaves and pull out all the summer annuals. Better to have empty boxes than overgrown ones.
- Check that smoke alarm and buy a carbon monoxide one.
- Fit timers for thermostat radiators and close doors of rooms not being used.
- Close the curtains.
I’m off to make soup and fill my hot water bottle, we are in for a cold winter- don’t be caught out!
About Ally Interiors
Ally MacDermot is a New York born interior designer with over 20 years experience working with private clients, developers and landlords across the UK.