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Living in the dark

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWlGsP1MHiI[/youtube]The one aspect I probably really hate about winter is the fact that I leave my house when it’s still dark and only return when it’s dark again. I can deal with the cold (after all, that’s what wool is for), I can deal with fewer days of sunshine and I can deal with my garden looking all grey and brown. But spending days without ever seeing my rooms in daylight really drags me down. This is especially true on a bright and sunny day like today, when I keep staring outside at work, but know all this brightness will be gone by the time I get home. Continue reading

Going Into Hibernation

frosted_leavesI know it’s spring for all you northerners, but down under winter is creeping up.  Frost hits regularly, the tomatoes die, and I go into hibernation mode.  This means I make several changes to my routine:

  1. I lit my first fire last night, and it definitely made things way cozier.  It helped that…
  2. I moved from the summer bedroom into the winter bedroom, which is more like a side lounge but that opens directly into the room with the fire.  Downside: No closets.  Upside: Warmth ensues.
  3. I start doing big pots of food on Sundays which keeps until Thursday or Friday.  Pumpkin soup (mmmm…), minestrone soup – heck, any kind of soup – but also ratatouille, boilups, etc.

Do you change your routine with the seasons?

– Jean AAR

A Cold Winter Vice

hot chocolate For the most part, I eat healthy foods but I am a complete chocoholic. I love dark chocolate in and in the winter, I get the most intensive hot chocolate cravings ever. When the wind comes whipping in from the mountains and I feel wet and cold all the way through to my bones, nothing will warm me up except a steaming mug of chocolate. The $0.99 boxes of watery chocolate from the supermarket will only go so far, though.

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