Despite my best efforts, winter does not sing to my soul. Waking up to wind and rain battering on the window in stark contrast to a warm bed. Dark evenings and too much time inside. I am not a fan. Biblical rain fall is doing nothing to help winter’s case.
Grim weather does serve as a variance to appreciate the good times. Winter sunshine strengthens the value of blue skies, the trees maybe bare but the grass seems more green and the mud a satisfying shade of dark brown glistening in the low winter sunlight.
I’m trying. So, things I like about winter:
Looking forward to spring
Roast root vegetables
Belgium cop drama (Salamander)
Curling my hands around a mug of hot tea
Baking on a rainy afternoon
Clothing warmed on a radiator
Woolly tights are one of the best things about winter. Stylish, probably not. Practical, big fat tick. Magazines rarely seem to feature ‘woolly tights worn on the front row’. Possibly they are so far of the chic world’s radar, woolly tights are in effect completely obsolete in fashion conscious circles. The item that fashion forgot. The fashion conscious are missing a trick.
There is great comfort in slipping into a pair of woolly tights on a freezing morning. They hide a multitude of slackness (unshaved legs, so people tell me), sit snuggly over the belly and give your muffin tops a warm hug of approval. More faithful and reliable that opaques, less likely to bobble on the heel or develop a hole in the toe. Woolly tights are a dependable friend.
Mine are purchased from that reassuring Auntie on the high street; M&S. Pulled out from the back of a drawer for a cold morning emergency and warmed on the radiator to ramp the cosy factor right up. An extra layer of warmth under a skirt and snug with a pair of boots. Clearly, nothing holds back gale force storms but boots and woolly tights make it more bearable and allow me to stride through puddles, instead of awkwardly navigating waterlogged pavements. One small victory, flicking the ‘V’s at yet more rain. No love for winter, but much love a nice pair of woolly tights.
Can anyone sell winter to me?