Win­ter warm­ers Read­ers share their top tips for keep­ing cosy

We asked our on­line com­mu­nity to share their favourite fam­ily win­ter rit­u­als and the re­sults had us feel­ing all warm and fuzzy. Shorter days, darker nights and frosty morn­ings? Bring it on!

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Illustrations by Anieszka Banks.

Each win­ter we have a big bon­fire at Nan’s house and the grand­chil­dren col­lect all the bro­ken branches from her pad­dock. When it dies down

we toast marsh­mal­lows.

Marni Lynn, from Face­book Fireeeeee. Plus bowls of tea and hot choc­cies with the big­gest spoon of Nutella.

@hay­ley­roberts.co

I AL­WAYS LIGHT A GOR­GEOUS SOY CAN­DLE AS SOON AS I GET HOME,

AND KEEP A BAS­KET OF THROWS NEXT TO THE COUCH

ALL READY FOR SNUG­GLING UP.

Audra Lyons O’Donoghue, from Face­book

All the gor­geous vin­tage woollen blan­kets and throws come out. We change the oils in the dif­fuser and sip white gin­ger tea as we snug­gle with two dogs and our cat around a cosy fire. Ev­ery night when I get home from work, I light can­dles. The sen­sory ban­quet

re­flects win­ter in all its won­der and win­ter foraging fills the home with fo­liage.

@kim­ber­ley_68

HOT-WA­TER BOT­TLES EV­ERY MORN­ING AND NIGHT. MY KIDS LOVE TO PUT THEM ON TOP OF THEIR SCHOOL CLOTHES TO WARM UP A BIT BE­FORE THEY

PUT

THEM

ON!

@mon­i­cawada A GLASS OF RED WINE AND A WEE SPREAD FROM ‘MADE TO SHARE PLAT­TERS’ WITH BAKED CAMEM­BERT

– DREAMY!

@katie­janewere Sleep­ing in on the week­ends with warm, fluffy blan­kets sur­round­ing me, a nice hot cof­fee be­side me, and a good

book in my hand.

@eliz­a­bethm­c­murdo A big hot bath and

a cold beer in it!

@hei­di_s­trat­ford I wash all the du­vet covers, cush­ion covers, lounge slip covers and throws so they’re all clean and fresh for snug­gling up in win­ter.

@the­hum­ble­bun­ga­low

BUSH WALKS

JUST AF­TER

THE RAIN.

@gath­ered­store A nice hot bath, can­dles and my PJs warmed by the fire.

@kather­ine_bain STUM­BLE IN THE DOOR AT 7PM, SOAK­ING WET IN THE PITCH DARK, WITH LOADS OF GRO­CERY BAGS, FROZEN TO THE BONE.

FEED THE HUN­GRY CATS, GLASS OF CHEAP BUB­BLES, JUMP INTO TRACKIES.

WHACK HEAT PUMP UP TO FULL TIT AND PAY THE POWER BILL.

@time­bom­b_­town

I MAKE THE KIDS WARM MI­LOS TO DRINK IN

THE CAR ON OUR WAY TO SCHOOL ON CHILLY WIN­TER MORN­INGS. Audra Lyons O’Donoghue, from Face­book HIBERNATING. Imo­gen Temm, Your Home and

Gar­den de­signer and stylist

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