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Looking to winter with warmth.

Byline: By Dennis Kilcmmons

The weather has turned a touch autumnal.

Before you know it, we will be celebrating (or taking cover from) Halloween, mischief night, bonfire night and late-night shopping nights.

British Summer Time will officially end on October 31 but the sun has already got his hat on and seems to be heading for warmer climes, leaving us with the prospect of slate grey skies, cold days, fog, rain and ice. (I know how to cheer folk up).

But take heart. Every season has reasons for delight.

There is nothing as invigorating as a walk on a crisp winter morning under a brittle sun.

Of course, going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark is not much fun, but remember the end reward: closing your front door on a wet, dark night to collapse in front of a warm television in the snugness of your own living room.

Snug as a bug in a rug, in fact.

There is a lot to be said for snugness over a certain age.

Not that the younger generation believe in it. No matter what the weather, they will still set off for a night of November clubbing in strappy dresses and shirt sleeves. After all, the image is the thing. Never mind pneumonia and severe weather warnings of frost in the Trossachs.

The image has long since faded for me and this week I shall prepare my nightshirts for the winter ahead - and don't scoff until you've tried it. Nightshirts are wonderful for male freedom. Ask Scrooge and Wee Willie Winkie, although I would not advise running around the town in one.

Oh yes, I'm an adventurous soul when the nights grow cold. I like nothing better than to wallow in the warmth of home in my nightshirt, eating curry, drinking the occasional bottle of beer and enjoying social intercourse with my wife (they can't touch you for it).

The only drawback is when I call the cats in and have to open the back door in it (and I'll bet you never knew a nightshirt had a back door in it).

Rogue winds with the chill of Siberia can attack unexpectedly.

And if you are not careful, they can leave severe frost around the Trossachs.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 15, 2004
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