Well I'm already getting cracking with inside jobs. I actually have a cottage which isn't habitable (by most folks' standards) in its present form, and have a list of jobs which "I'm definitely going to tackle this year", stretching back a decade.
I've been de-junking and am now starting putting down rat proof floors and maybe fixing up walls too. It will give me something to do.
I do believe that in Northern Europe at least, people in times past virtually hibernated their way through the harsh winter months to conserve food and fuel. There was no reason to go outside the front door and nowhere to go if you did.
Life was simple but it was also extremely fragile. Every winter was potentially life threatening. Get it wrong or make bad decisions and you died.
Christmas (Mid Winter Solstace in reality) was a real relief and cause for major celebration because the realisation was you had reached the bottom and now things would get better slowly.
I would happily batten down the hatches and spend Winter in front of the fire with a shelf full of books, sadly my life doesn't yet work like that, so it'll be business as usual in the daytime but with more stews in the evening. And dumplings, lots of dumplings.
When I lived in the South East I loved the snow, although it was rare, everything was so quiet. I lived on an estate of 1000+ houses built on a hill, the old Gravesend airport site, the snow would cut it off sometimes so everyone walked round to the local pub and the atmosphere was great.
After the long winter and snow of last year ive made sure that this year that im prepared.
We already have lots of firewood chopped and dried enough to last all winter. Ive made lots of wine and beer and im starting to make some pickles for christmas too, basically getting as much food in as possible. and my greatest trick is working out my personal finances out over 42 weeks in a year instead of 52 weeks. This means i can have Christmas, new year, Jan and Feb without worrying about money or having to got out to work if the weathers crap. ive loads of jobs planned too for this time. Tile the kitchen floor and walls re decorate stairs and hall rebuild my music studio in a new and bigger room. Spend lots of quality time with my 4 cats as they get a little neglected when im working all the time!
How does the 42 week thing work Polymoog? Do you mean you pay more for 42 weeks?
Simple Really - first im old fashioned and still work everything out weekly not monthly. so if a monthly bill is £100 then £100 x12 = £1200
£1200 divided by 42 weeks (instead of 52 weeks (£23.07)) is £28.57. which means then for 10 weeks of the year everything is paid up front and i can do something else instead of working. Ive done this for a few years now and it certainly works for me!