A good book, a log fire, jazz and mulled wine

Winter has arrived. After a mild autumn, some of us will be scrambling to cope with the cold. We all have different ways of doing this.

I like the good book, log fire, quiet jazz and mulled wine approach. The good book and jazz are easy, but it’s a pity I don’t have a log fire: the heat pump doesn’t provide quite the same ambience.

The mulled wine will be made from a recipe in a book I discovered recently: Hot Toddies: mulled wine, buttered rum, spiced cider and other soul-warming drinks. Mmmmmm!

One of my friends has just bought 15 pumpkins to store in her garage to help her with her winter survival necessity: pumpkin soup. Looking for soup ideas? Think library.

Another friend has just whisked out her knitting needles to knit a stripe hoodie for … wait for it … her dog! If you are more worried about your dog’s wellbeing than yours, try Knits for dogs and cats.

Then there’s the friend whom I really can’t identify with, who is getting excited about his way of keeping his body warm: running in the SBS Marathon on 6 June.

What’s your winter-warming plan?

12 thoughts on “A good book, a log fire, jazz and mulled wine

  1. Laraine 1 June 2010 / 6:28 am

    Mine is just a log burner, with a wetback. There is nothing to disperse the warmth through the rest of the house (except open doors). We replaced the old Kent Tilefire recently because, although there was nothing wrong with it, they aren’t servicing them any more and we were about to lay a new carpet. But the government in its infinite wisdom wouldn’t let us put in another fire that we could bank down in the night. The reason? Our rural property is just a whisker under 2 hectares. If you have 2 hectares you can have a log burner that you don’t have to relay and relight every morning. A rural log burner on a property under two hectares must, apparently, create an AWFUL lot of pollution!

  2. Donna 1 June 2010 / 9:42 am

    On the winter warming theme, try the Christchurch City Council’s new Thermal mapping site and don’t forget the library’s page on Home insulation.

    My winter plan involves homemade soups and garlic bread, books, brisk walks, listening to new music, lots of merino, hats and tights, visiting the Art Gallery …

    • mj 1 June 2010 / 3:43 pm

      wow. the thermal mapping page is very cool (no pun intended). zoom!

  3. Stella 1 June 2010 / 10:46 am

    I think my winter plan (of course on days have nothing else planned eg work ) is to snuggle up in my loverly warm bed bed with a good book, a hot coffee and the door closed!
    I’m reading Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol at the moment and it great to get home after a day’s work, clear away the dinner dishes, get into my pj’s and take up my winter plan!

  4. Marion 1 June 2010 / 10:50 am

    We were just talking about this at morning tea and some winter warmers included cheese toasties, home made bread and chicken noodle soup. With the holiday weekend coming up I’ve just collected some reserves and have an eclectic mix: The city and the city by China Miéville,(my five book challenge Science Fiction) A book of silence by English novelist Sara Maitland (I think this could also be a 5 book challenge), Elegy for April by Benjamin Black, and the latest Scott Turow, Innocence. I can feel the sofa and the fire beckoning!

  5. CharlieBean 1 June 2010 / 12:49 pm

    Slow cooking – mainly because on the log burner there is no such thing as instant – red wine, good books and DVDs that you saw on the shelf ages ago … now is the time to get into them. That’s when the local arts scene isn’t beckoning. Plays in warm theatres are always a good option for me. The University’s Platform Festival has just been and gone and I visited Free Theatre’s Faustus. As always with those guys, you never know what you’re going to get and this third play in the Faust trilogy did not disappoint!

  6. mj 1 June 2010 / 3:37 pm

    a toasty warm fire, knitting, reading, jigsaws, board games. hunkering down and enjoying the slowness of life. and there’s great times to be had in heading outdoors, all rugged up like the michelin man, ruddy cheeks, and then coming home to a warm fire and soup.

    on the flip side, i do really enjoy going to the public swimming pool in winter as it is always warm, and there is always the option of a spa or sauna afterwards!

  7. joycie 1 June 2010 / 7:26 pm

    I’m an SBS marathon daftie, but once I’ve done my meagre 10kms I’ll be lying under the heat pump with my 5-book challenge bodice rippers. Sizzling, saucy winter heat!

  8. dazaccl 7 June 2010 / 11:12 am

    My daughter has just baked bagels for the first time a perfect compliment to my pumpkin soup which is about the only soup I make. We had them both with a fire in our log burner and it was heavenly. Once we retired for the night I pushed a button and the heat pump swung into action. Yes we have both and why not! Don’t be conned into taking out the log fire by the when recent subsidies enable you to keep it and have the best of both worlds.

  9. Toni 8 June 2010 / 9:41 am

    Marion

    I very much enjoyed the Sara Maitland…

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