Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Winter is Here
Our dog Bella used to wander along and then suddenly flop down. We always said it was like she thought " I want to sit down ... NOW". Sure most of the time she would do the usual dog sniffing inspection before seating herself but other times, almost mid-stride, she would decide that now was the moment to be seated.
Winter arrived like that this year. One day I'm walking along the beach in a t-shirt and shorts, splashing in the water, the next I'm reaching for the winter doona and turning the heating on. And I'm not being in any way metaphorical. It was warm and sunny on Sunday, it snowed on Monday.
The cold arrived so fast that it caught us by surprise. S and I ended up wearing a strange assortment of clothes as we each kept adding layers while we tried to figure out the weather. Somehow it didn't occur to us to turn on the heating, instead shocking each other when we touched freezing noses and hands. You see in Canberra the rule of thumb is that you don't switch the heating on before ANZAC day, I lasted one cold day before I caved and flicked the switch to the wonder of a warm house.
However I didn't even last one day before I swapped out our lightweight summer doona replacing it with the thick, snuggly, winter one. Bedding is one of the few areas where we do not agree. You see I'm a doona girl. I love the freedom, the loose, light, fluffy, yet warm feeling of a doona. S prefers layers of blankets, heavy and thick, he likes the solid feeling and the ability to peel one layer back at a time to get to the perfect temperature. We have compromised on a doona with a sheet and extra blankets at the end of the bed, however, I suspect I won that compromise. Still even S had to admit, as the temperature dropped, being cocooned in the soft, fluffy layers of our bed was just gorgeous.
Are you a doona or a blanket person? And did winter catch you as much by surprise as it caught us?