As the year winds down so do we, curling up in front our of open fire each evening, burning through the days rubbish (yes that is a pizza wrapper you see waiting to be added to the fire), we don't have a refuse collection here on the farm, so all burnable stuff helps heat the house each evening, along with our free logs and kindling.
Watching the flames can be hypnotic and as good as any programme on the 'box'. Over numerous cups of coffee and the occasional glass of wine we enjoy conversations about our day, plans for the future, phone calls made and recieved, all subjects are ripe for discussion in front of the lovely flames.
The animals usually join us on the sofa, but sometimes little Suky will stand in front on the fire, occasionally joined by Rosy basking in the warmth, then curling up together. Sophie, the Border Collie prefers cold places and sits at the bottom of the stairs near the back door, sometimes when it gets too draughty she will come into the living room and tuck herself up under the desk or at the end of the sofa, but she does not like the heat from the fire. The cats prefer their little 'wigwams' in the utility room, little beds with a domed tops that trap their body heat and make for a warm and cosy night, with easy access to the catflap should they hear interesting noises outside the door.
"What are you doing Mum?"
"Is this a good look .....
... or should I do my cute one......!! "
Cosy evenings, tucked up at home.....you can't beat it can you.
How do you keep cosy on these long dark nights?