After celebrating Autumn with brightly-coloured photographs, seasonal recipes and a number of posts about apples that bordered on the obsessive, I’ve so far paid winter much less attention. In part this is due to the fact that I like Autumn more than Winter but also that there have been very few points so far this winter where all three of us have been wholly well – meaning few opportunities for getting out to enjoy the season. It also doesn’t help that the baby seems to hate the cold with a passion!
However, rather than thinking about all the things I dislike about winter, I want to focus on it’s more positive points. There are many reasons to love winter: beautiful snow-covered landscapes, mulled wine, trees silvered with frost, big bowls of hearty stew, making marmalade or cosying up in front of the fire.
Over the next few weeks I have a number of winter-themed activities planned that will hopefully help me connect with the season and learn to like it a bit more:
- Woodland walks.
- Lots of hearty winter cooking – stews, soups and bakes.
- Making Seville Orange Marmalade.
- Using the time indoors to have fun with crafts with the baby.
- Making (and drinking) mulled cider.
- Planning the garden for next year.
- Keeping an eye out for early rhubarb at the market and pouncing when I see some.
- Cosying up on the sofa and crocheting / knitting / stitching.
So, if I don’t learn to love winter after all that, I’ll just have to give up and try hibernation instead next year….