....................but more likely a sign of a perfect Autumn.
Preparing for winter in town or city involves just buying a new winter coat and a new pair of boots and getting the central heating checked.
(That last thing is something that urgently needs doing here because 2 weeks ago the timer control thingy went wrong so the only way I could turn the boiler off was by its main switch, then next day it was OK but the following day it wouldn't switch on!)
But apart from the boiler there are several other things I need to do to get ready for winter living out here in the country for my 3rd winter alone, especially with possible Brexit problems on the horizon and local lockdown always threatening.
Love a list...........
- Get the boiler fixed and serviced
- Get the chimney swept
- Chop more kindling and bring some wood closer to the house.
- Put lots of apples into the freezer
- Make some gooseberry/date chutney for hampers
- Make Damson jelly for hampers
- Re-stock with windscreen wash stuff for the car
- Clear the veg. beds that have finished
- Clean out the greenhouse
- Wash all the empty flower pots
- Get things ready to lag outside tap and washing machine outlet
- Make sure cupboards are well stocked with food in-case of bad weather
- Don't leave Christmas prep until December..............just-in-case.
I used to write a piece each winter for the Suffolk Smallholders Society Newsletter about preparing the smallholding for winter. There were lots of things to do to get ready for feeding livestock and then for lambing. Plus checking and preparing vehicles for bad weather.
It's a bit simpler here.
Many thanks for comments yesterday.