Sharon Lloyd column: Welcoming winter
I HAVE done something this week I've not had to do for a while — put the central heating on. Yes, the summer that lasted about a fortnight has well and truly gone, and the chill has set in. The nights are getting darker, the skies greyer and there's a definite nip in the air. I shuddered when I went in the card shop in town and saw the array of Christmas cards on sale. The rest of the year will now fly by and Santa will soon be wriggling down the chimney. The paddling pool that served us well during the heatwave, with the help of a puncture repair kit, can now go down the rubbish tip.
My sandals can go back under the bed, and I shall dig out my scarves. On the plus side, I can start wearing my wooly jumpers again. Big and baggy , they hide a multitude of sins around my hips and belly, and they don't even need ironing!
I shall have to stock up on gloves for the youngest, lots of pairs of the same colour. It is a side effect of being a child that you lose gloves (and socks) at an alarming rate, so I shall be prepared this year and have lots of them ready. I shall also have to buy more bird seed for my feathered friends. This is my first full autumn and winter with my new bird table. I have fed them over the summer, so hopefully they will come back thick and fast as the weather gets colder for their daily feasts. The little robin has already started popping by to join the pigeons and seagulls that have never left !
I'm much happier in these seasons than I am in the summer. I almost melted away in the hot spell we had in July and I turned into a miserable moaning minnie. The only part of autumnal weather I can't abide is drizzle. I absolutely hate it. I'd much rather a downpour where you get soaked rather than sneaky light rain that takes ages to get you wet. With the current track record of the great British weather we could well have snow before October, who knows ? So, goodbye to all things summery and warm, and a big welcome from me to falling leaves and frosty mornings. I'm probably one of a minority, but am definitely a colder weather person. Off to find my wellies now!