1. A good book: I've just finished the Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss and as a consequence have spent the last two days immersed in a rain lashed Irish island chasing selkies and sipping whisky without ever moving from my sofa. Wonderful. Now on to a long overdue read of the incomparable Diane Reed's Twixt. Loving it already.
2. A sofa blanket: A sofa without a blanket is like a cat without fur. Just. Not. Right. Voluminous, warm and soft as silk, ready to be snuggled into with the aforementioned book.
3. A hot water bottle: Even the smell of a hot water bottle makes my toes curl with pleasure. When your feet are blocks of ice, nothing is nicer than tucking them inside a fluffy hot water bottle cover.
4. Tea: Not just any kind of tea, Earl Grey tea. The tea of kings. Well, okay the tea of earls. Fragrant, hot and invigorating.
5. Crumpets: There is no wintery snack better than a hot buttered crumpet, preferably with a smidgen of marmite.
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6. Soup: Spiced pumpkin, roasted butternut squash or plain old Heinz tomato, nothing comforts Autumn stomachs better than hot soup (preferably with warm buttery bread).
7. Very dark chocolate: When I say dark, I mean dark. 85% cocoa dark. Nibbled with your Earl Grey tea or wrapped around a gingernut biscuit, very dark chocolate is mood transforming.
8. Black and white movies: It's days like today when I'm grateful for all those Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Powell and Pressburger movies which line my shelves. A bit of I Know Where I'm Going will warm your heart, while your soup warms your belly.
9. A cat: Love them or loathe them (who could loathe them?) nothing beats a cat snuggling up on your lap, purring its heart out.
10. Painting: Or drawing. Or sticking. Any kind of low complexity crafting, which engages something beyond your analytical brain and allows a bit of simple, satisfying creativity out. Or if you're not up to that, look a pictures.
As the nights draw in, that's where you're find me. Snuggled up under a blanket, sipping tea and watching black and white movies. Chilling. No, not chilling. Warming.