Tips from an old cottage – No.1.

Keeping Warm In Bed

Funny as it sounds, living in an old 180 year old cottage is serious business when you’d like to get a refreshing night’s sleep in the winter. Or indeed in the warm months when it’s windy outside. Most detached rural dwellings will soak up outside atmosphere no matter how thick its structure, or how well insulated. There is a difference in modern homes, but I think you’ve to kind of get the tee-shirt to fully appreciate my meaning.

Sheila and Frank’s tips for today are as follows:

1. If you can, sew a thick sleeping bag into your bedroom curtains. I know this sounds silly. But we did fasten them with press-studs or nappy safety pins so they could be easily removed. Tuck them into the windowsill.

2. Wear a hat in bed. Yes it does work. We loose a lot of heat from our extremities, especially around 3am in the morning.

3. Use draft excluders. Make some, just roll up old towels, anything really. A small gap under the bedroom door can bring a huge draft if it’s windy outside.

4. Wear gloves and scarfs in bed. Look, no one else is going to know 😅. This is serious business!

5. Hunt around charity shops for anything made with 100% wool. Even a large skirt, jumper, cot blanket, can be cut up and used as a headboard cover to stop drafts getting to the back of your neck.

6. Use door curtains, anything nice and thick. And, when you close them, tuck the bottom into/under the draft excluder.

7. Socks, warm ones, obviously.

8. Hot water bottles, obviously.

9. You know the shiny reflective car window screen covers, the padded ones you can get from places like, say, poundstretcher, home bargains, etc? They work great underneath a mattress. Just lay them flat on the base of your bed, and under the mattress where your body usually rests. It’s subtle, but does make a difference.

7. Layers are good. Feather duvets are good. When making your bed, have a thick blanket to wrap around your shoulders if needs be.

8. And what if you’re bed is now starting to look like something from the children’s story ‘Princess and the Pea’?…

I suffer with inflammatory arthritis. Eventually we had to get 2 bed cradles to slide under the mattress and covers to lift them. Basically so that I could turn over at night and move about a little. Anyone will tell you who suffers with arthritis, being still for a long time or fixed in one position, or weighed down by 100 blankets 🤣, is going to be a challenge. But you think that’s the worst bit, wait until you need a pee in the night and try getting out of Fort-knox!

9. Well that’s all I can think of, unless you fancy going and cuddling up with the badgers at the end of your garden. If I think of any more, I will add them later. Hope this inspires ✨️🦡

10. Ooo, one more thing…make sure you open your windows on draft in the morning. All old houses need to breathe and circulate air 😊.

Incidentally, here is the proof that we did it, the souvenir of all my darling Frank’s hard work. We certainly got the tee-shirt and have lived to tell the tale.

Keep warm, and be as well as you can be. Be safe. Sending love and prayers.

Here’s a link to Breakfast on the Patio, our own story… Our escape to the countryside. We managed to stay at number 1 in the best selling list on Amazon Home Repair for quite some time, you know. I even got it in all the local papers, and some glossy magazines. This was really encouraging, not financially, but inspiring to know people were reading our story https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00BAZORQC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=

We made our dream come true 🏡🙏❤️

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