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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 26th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
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    Preparing for Winter V
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    • 26th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
    Preparing for Winter V 26th Nov 14 at 11:48 AM

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    Hi everyone,

    As the last 'preparing for winter' thread has now grown quite long, I think it's time for a new one, and what better time of year to begin to prepare than the end of November

    So here goes....a shiny new thread. Please post below all your preparations for winter. If you want to read through the tips on the older threads you can find them here:

    Preparing for Winter

    Preparing for winter II

    Preparing for winter III

    Preparing for winter IV

    Other links that may help:

    the ice man cometh! (merged with keeping warm)

    Things that worked or didn't work last winter

    Frugal but happy in winter?

    Winter checklist

    Lets hope it's a good one for all of us.

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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 2nd Jan 19, 8:15 PM
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    It's cold here tonight, we had a heavy frost this morning and the world was beautiful but hurt if you weren't wearing gloves. I see from the weather forecast we're due to be minus 3 tonight and it certainly feels colder in all the other rooms than the lounge where we have the stove lit. Thank goodness we ordered in an extra delivery of logs last week!
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    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 2nd Jan 19, 8:27 PM
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    It is colder here today. The gritting truck trundled up the hill at 6am this morning and aside from a couple of frosty mornings it feels bizarre, certainly here, that winter is just beginning. It does feel a little late.

    Both of our duvets are on the bed as of teatime. Our old very warm sleeping bags from our caravan are now on my DD's bed. They're currently drawing on a piece of old duvet cover to design their own quilt which will be painted with fabric paint and I'll turn the old bags into a quilt. It's keeping them out of mischief anyway and I k ow they'll be warm in the night until they're prettied and stitched.
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    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 2nd Jan 19, 8:31 PM
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    White frost here all day and the birds water is frozen solid. Going to be a cold night I think.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 11th Jan 19, 9:52 AM
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    I am spending most of my days at home now, and I have discovered something.

    We keep our temperature at 17C when we are in, and wear fleece or woollen cardigans and sweaters, and are snugly warm. We have spent ten days over christmas at my parents', who keep the thermostat at 21C. I did not pack my thick cardi, because I figured it would be warm enough there. But I wasn't!

    So: low temperature + warm layers = warm. Just high temperatures isn't warm enough.
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 12th Jan 19, 8:49 AM
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    I am spending most of my days at home now, and I have discovered something.

    We keep our temperature at 17C when we are in, and wear fleece or woollen cardigans and sweaters, and are snugly warm. We have spent ten days over christmas at my parents', who keep the thermostat at 21C. I did not pack my thick cardi, because I figured it would be warm enough there. But I wasn't!

    So: low temperature + warm layers = warm. Just high temperatures isn't warm enough.
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    Exactly. The other factor is drafts. If your parents house is more drafty than yours - and where you sit for long periods is in that draft - you will automatically feel colder. Where I sat for years at work, 95% of my body would be warm enough to get through a day in the office without feeling cold. The 5% that wasn’t, was my right hand which caught the draft from the air conditioning, felt like ice and ached from the cold. Even in summer, I could often be found in a tee-shirt with a fingerless mit on my right hand.

    (This doesn’t happen in my current role. I spend most of my working week in a portacabin, wearing leggings under my trousers because despite heaters, the bottom third of the cabin is always cold. On top I wear a jumper, a cardigan and a fleece, gradually stripping off as the cabin warms up. I have been known to wrap my coat around my legs when the temperature is sub-zero outside. The men in my team attempt to be “hard” and end up shivering before putting their coats back on.)

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    • SpikyHedgehog
    • By SpikyHedgehog 12th Jan 19, 9:20 AM
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    Exactly. The other factor is drafts. If your parents house is more drafty than yours - and where you sit for long periods is in that draft - you will automatically feel colder. Where I sat for years at work, 95% of my body would be warm enough to get through a day in the office without feeling cold. The 5% that wasn’t, was my right hand which caught the draft from the air conditioning, felt like ice and ached from the cold. Even in summer, I could often be found in a tee-shirt with a fingerless mit on my right hand.

    (This doesn’t happen in my current role. I spend most of my working week in a portacabin, wearing leggings under my trousers because despite heaters, the bottom third of the cabin is always cold. On top I wear a jumper, a cardigan and a fleece, gradually stripping off as the cabin warms up. I have been known to wrap my coat around my legs when the temperature is sub-zero outside. The men in my team attempt to be “hard” and end up shivering before putting their coats back on.)

    - Pip
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    I work in a preschool and we are in and out of the garden all day (as we and the children should be :-) ) - I wear fleecy trousers with leggings or thick tights underneath, and warm socks and warm ankle boots. I was outside yesterday and didn't need my coat as I was well layered up. One of the other teachers went outside with a blanket wrapped around her legs - she had a pair of leggings on, thin socks and trainers, so nothing to keep the warmth trapped in.

    I turned our heating up so 17 is the default for times when we'll be in and not asleep as DS1's lurcher who joined our family in October was really unsettled when the house was colder. He did have a 'hot' water bottle tucked under the mattress of his bed every night until he chewed a hole in it... Luckily DS1 found him in the act so took it away from him so he didn't swallow the bits or cause a flood on the landing My kingsized bedspread needs washing to remove dog hair and spilled makeup, but won't fit in the washing machine, so I've draped it over the banister on the landing to baffle the drafts and tucked old fleece blankets in his beds.

    We have found a jacket that DS2 will wear! DS2 has autism and struggles with textures and noises of clothes, so coats and jackets are particularly challenging... DS got him a heavy weight black demin jacket for Christmas and he is actually wearing it when we take the dog out! It's quite embarrassing, walking over frosty grass in a thick coat with hat, scarf and gloves, the dog in his warm coat, and a 15 year old in a t-shirt! (A black t-shirt, of course.) Now to get him to a shop that sells walking boots as I really can't buy him footwear without his feet with me.
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