|The blooms have all gone. Face it. Reality check: it's Winter!|
We look forward to ordering our fire wood early February, ritually stacking it in preparation for the long winter ahead. There's a thrill knowing that you can enjoy the last of summer while your wood lies in waiting. As the mornings get colder, and darker, I have yet another ritual: I NEVER turn on electrical lights to illuminate my early morning meanders. I switch on my solar powered torch and find my way safely downstairs to the kitchen, where I light a candle and a stick of incense to set the scene. I do a little Tai Chi while waiting for the kettle to boil, then I take my coffee (organic) and sit in our massage chair. The cat waits impatiently while this is all going on, and the moment I sit, she hops onto my lap and cuddles herself into a comma. I receive purr therapy, a back massage and I meditate on the day's coming events till my coffee and massage is finished (usually 20 mins). By this time, the day has brightened to reveal itself. It's my cue to prepare for the day. Post haste!
It's little daily rituals like this that make winter totally bearable for me, and a few survival tactics I have developed over the years.
My top 11 Winter Survival Tips:
1. Stay warm. The humble hot water bottle, not only a sustainable source of bed-time heating, but also, so cosy and welcoming.
2. Put an extra blanket/cover on your bed. This allows you to keep your windows open a smidgen, allowing fresh air supply while sleeping while the extra layer still keeps you warm. The fresh air provides oxygen to invigorate us while sleeping, so we don't wake up feeling drowsy.
|Freeze soft fruits in ice cube trays for adding to smoothies or fruit juices|
5. It's a good time to used up all the herbs from the garden that won't survive the winter and prepare pestos; coriander, parsley or basil. I use a basic reicpe which seems to work well. Blend one or two hands-ful brazil nuts, then add 2-3cups herb leaves, blitz, adding half or more cupful of olive oil. A twist of salt and 1 Tbspn lemon juice.
8. Make a list of house maintenance chores that you never got to do in summer as you were too busy in the garden or on the beach! Winter is a great time to catch up on those chores like painting indoor areas etc. I find winter is also great for starting a project - paint a picture, sew or create something new out of something old. Project yourself......
9. Purchase or sew a fat drought excluder for doors that don't seal too well. I used an old pair of Mike's corduroy pants, stuffed it with an old pillow inner, added half a cup of barley rice and sewed it into segments. Sits squarely on the ground, against front doors to exclude sneaky breezes.
10. A good read can help keep the winter blues away. Nothing better than going to bed early with a good book and cuddling up to your hot water bottle! Bliss.
11. I stock up on winter remedies so that I have a ready supply before I will even need it. Propolis throat spray, propolis/honey lozenges or sage lozenges, ear candles (to relieve nasal congestion), essential oils for burning or massage (eucalyptus - decongestant; tea tree - anti-viral and immune stimulant; lavender - antiseptic, calming, headaches; lemon -antiviral, immune-stimulant and expectorant; cedar - promotes oxygenation at cellular level; citronella -decongestant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, colds and flu)
|Take cues from cats - they sleep twice as much when it is cold. Ours sleeps all day and night. Winter or Summer. Period. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz|
We have just had a HelpXChange couple for a week, what a great experience. Our first introduction into Vegan Raw Foodism. They shared many of their raw food recipes, some of which I will definitely be trying to emulate later on. Wow, there's some crazee-good raw desserts out there!! Bring on theYum Factor!
|The Great Whites do sleep in winter. Yay!|