Life

Snow Day …part two

So the snow started on November 30th and kept coming over December 1st, which made me decide to go for a walk in it to the local nature reserve 🙂 For the amount of snow that fell, we only had about 1″ that stuck.

We haven’t had much snow in England over the actual winter months for quite a long time. At least not in the area I live. So it was really nice to take a long walk in the falling snow during the run up to Christmas – made it feel extra Christmassy 🙂

The walk to the nature reserve follows a country lane, just one car wide.

Yes, that is a lake! Frozen and covered with a perfect, white blanket of snow, trapping the tree branches like hands holding onto the water.

The ducks still managed to find a swimming pool by the river outlet, just big enough for them to enjoy 🙂

At the side of the lake is the entrance to the nature reserve and it runs all the way alongside it.

Spiny hands playfully reached out as we passed by, a dusting of snow in their cupped palms.

I’ve never really found holly to be “pretty”, but the deep green, vivid red and brilliant white combination just struck me as a beautiful mix.

A perfect place to sit, for a view of the lake behind me 🙂

Finally we headed home, the snow still falling sporadically, and I felt really Christmassy. This is the first year in a while that I actually felt that so it was great to have the snow to go with it 🙂

Life

Snow Day …part one

I have quite a bit of catching up to do! My lack of blogging during December, and the first part of January, has left me with a stack of photos to post!

We had a really snowy winter in England, it started at the end of November/start of December and only really started to let up after the New Year. I live close enough to a town to get supplies, but far enough on the outskirts that our roads don’t get gritted…which led to a lot of snow days!

So without further ado, here are some photos from my garden and the road outside my home at the very end of November 2010 🙂

Eventually my 2 cats ventured out, with very confused looks on their faces and leaving just as confused tracks in the snow.

I decided to leave a mark of my own – not exactly imaginative but hey it was cold out there!

All along our road, modern-day snowy tracks in the wake of our neighbours venturing out.

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‘Tis The Season To Be Sickly

Winter colds, flu, runny noses, coughs and general ickiness can make this time of year a sufferance rather than enjoyable. But there are a few things you can do to help prevent that – I will add that I’m not a doctor or medical professional so you should always seek medical guidance when ill or wanting to know about medications for illness prevention, etc.

1) Keep Warm! Now this may seem like a no-brainer, but with temperatures dropping so low it can be easy to go from a warm house, to a cold outside and not realise that you need more layers until you’ve been out there for a while. Gloves, scarves, hats and thick jackets are a must at this time of year for anywhere that gets cold in winter (as I’m aware that certain countries are hot right now!). Layer your clothes to help keep in the warmth – long sleeved t-shirt under a jumper, under a coat for example and always remember to keep your feet warm! Thick socks and warm boots suitable for the weather are essential additions.

2) Eat right! Keeping your energy levels up at this time of year can be difficult with long nights and less sunshine. Hot, substantial meals will keep you energised and also help to give you nutrients to combat any cold and flu germs around. Soups, stews and casseroles are great, and if you can make them with seasonal vegetables/meats then even better! I’ve given several soup recipes on my blog so far for my Soup Season recipe posts 🙂 Give them a try for easy, warming comfort food.

3) Get Comfortable! Winter is all about comfort, be that curled up with a hot drink, a home cooked meal with friends, snuggling with a loved one in front of a log fire or any other way you make yourself comfy. Comfort food is a good way to do this during the winter. Being comfortable and relaxing means saving energy and stopping your reserves from running low which, in turn, helps to combat cold and flu symptoms.

4) Drink Fluids! Hot drinks during the winter help to keep you warm but regardless of their temperature, make sure you’re drinking enough during the season. Dehydration is just as much of an issue in the winter as it is in the summer and if you have a cold, or flu, then keeping up your fluid intake is a must. I’m not fond of tea or coffee (I know, English and I don’t like tea! lol!) but you can make any drink warm, heat up some milk or have a hot chocolate, mix up some orange juice with boiling water to heat it up, or a hot cordial drink. As I said though, cooler drinks are just as important to keep you re-hydrated.

So that’s it, 4 easy steps to help keep us all healthy and snugly over the frosty winter season.

If you do catch a cold there are remedies available over-the-counter if you talk to the pharmacist they can work out which is best for you.

One thing I mix up to take every time I start feeling ill is a simple home made honey and lemon drink. Put some boiling water in a mug, about 3/4 full, then add in 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and stir until mixed well. Add more honey and/or lemon juice to taste and you could even add a slice of lemon if you wish. Drink it slowly to soothe a sore throat and help combat cold and flu germs. To increase the benefits you could use manuka honey, but if you don’t have any then don’t worry because any runny honey is good 🙂