Winter’s a-Coming

by Ally Macdermot

8:37 AM, 18th October 2011
About 7 years ago

Winter’s a-Coming

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Winter’s a-Coming

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!



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