Winter is coming...
Layering your clothing helps keep the body warm during the colder months
T his phrase may not have the same layered and complex meaning for the residents of Ipswich as it does for House Stark in Game of Thrones, but the recent temperature drop, we are certainly reminded that our days of sweltering in the heat are over … at least for a few months. If you’re like me and mine who love the heat and greet the cold with disdain and displeasure, the seasons of autumn and winter are usually met with a lot of (not necessarily warranted) whingeing and whining about how cold it is. So, how do we deal with the cold? One of my go-to pieces of advice for the cold comes from a modern sage, Shrek: “Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.” Layering your clothing during winter helps a lot. Leave the house fully layered – singlet, t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, jumper, jacket. Peel off the layers when you get hot during the day, and put them back on when the night air comes again. I find that mornings are the worst during the cooler months. Understandably, no one really wants to leave the warmth of their bed. But a nice bowl of porridge and a lovely cup of tea helps (a little bit) in getting the day started. And yes, even the 8-year-old loves a bowl of porridge in the morning. For a kid who would live off chicken nuggets and chips if he could, this fact still surprises me! Ultimately though, winter is only for a few months, and realistically, an Ipswich winter is not that bad in the grand scale of things. My advice would be to layer it up, drink copious amounts of tea, eat stodgy and delicious food that you wouldn’t even dream of eating in the hotter months, build blanket and doona forts with the kids, and remember that we’ll all be sweating in our jocks again in no time. Charisse Farr inhabits a little Spanish mission home in Ipswich with her husband, her 8-going-on-18-year-old little boy, a grumpy cat named Storm, and the ever-excitable mini-moxie-cross Penny.
It’s time to start building blanket and doona forts.