It is getting very chilly at night so much so I am having to pop the heating on for a little while each day. When I get up and in the evening when I get in although I try not to put it on unless I have to. Unfortunately if my hands get cold I have had it so the heating has to go on. The animals do not mind and seem to relish the heat.
I think I must also be a bit of a hedgehog in that when the nights start to get darker I just want to hibernate and not do much but I know I have to keep whittling away at things to try and keep on top of things. Its just good to get into the house and be comfy; with soft lighting so it is not harsh on my eyes although when I am typing on the keyboard I do need the full light these days. However of an autumn or winter's evening I prefer softer lighting which is more atmospheric. I quite frequently also have just candlelight as well. I cannot do close work like needlepoint or embroidery under such lighting but I can still crochet. So at this time of year I very much turn into a hedgehog want to keep warm and snug in my own home. We do not venture far. The finishing touch would be a couple of log fires one in the dining room and one in the front room to curl up in front of and heat the house. The heat from a proper fire is wonderful on a cold winters day.
Equally when it comes to the preserving I am very much a Squirrel. I put everything down in the pantry (or should that be up) so that we have plenty of supplies to carry us through the winter months. I enjoy doing it and I love having the option of different foods to cook with and I know there are no nasties in them. I am the same with the freezers and the winemaking etc. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to look at a shelf of preserves I have made knowing that I have ingredients to use in meals for quite some time to come.
I invested in a new to me wine rack yesterday from the Charity shop (I will take a picture at a later date). I am going to need the storage as this weekend I have a marathon wine making session ear-marked and so I will need the storage for those bottles. I also have in mind that I want to get some Apple pop underway, some cider, and apple juice as well as ginger beer. There are also a few more cordials I would like to get put up. I also have to sort the shed out and get my barbecue and pizza oven put away and all my bottles sorted and stored correctly so that I can find them. I tend to use the shed as an overflow from the kitchen so all bulky items also get stored in there. However it does need a good sort out especially with Christmas on its way.
Preserving is not the only thing I am a squirrel with though. I am the same when I see things that I like and I have a view to decorate a room I will collect things together until I am ready to use them so it does overspill in a big way to all areas of my life. I think I am an inveterate squirrel in this respect.
So hedgehog or squirrel you decide or maybe I am just me a hybrid a little bit of both. Whatever the term decided upon I get a great deal of pleasure in doing what I do. I may not have the smallholding/land or the livestock, its something I aspire to, but at least I get to practice in other areas whilst in waiting for the dream home - I am convinced it will come when the time is right - eventually.
Right I have to get ready for my last day at work this week tomorrow. It has been a long week and a tiring one.
Catch you soon.