Ten BENEFITS to the bad weather

It was always going to happen, it was just a longer time coming than it usually is. We all must have expected it – after all we live in Britain and of all the things that are certain in this life, bad weather has to be pretty high on the agenda.

I was amused therefore this morning to see so many glum faces. Comments in the post office revolved entirely around the changing seasons, as if people had never experienced a rainy day before.

“It’s finally here”, “Well, that’s it now, dark nights, nothing to look forward to; it’s all downhill from here”, “What are we going to do at the weekend, the kids will be climbing the walls!”.

Oh come on people, cheer up. This isn’t the first Autumn we’ve had and from the forecast we’re still likely to be hitting the dizzy heights of temperatures in the double figures, despite it being September. So get your umbrellas in the air and start to do some singing in the rain – here are my top ten BENEFITS to the bad weather:

  1. Cuddles; ah don’t deny it, we all love a snuggle up on the sofa
  2. Warming meals; you can’t beat a good homemade stew or a delicious soup when it’s cold outside
  3. Wintery walks; get your hat, scarf and gloves out of the wardrobe and your wellies on – it’s time for a long walk, with a cup of steaming hot chocolate (and marshmallows) at the end of it!
  4. Diets are a thing of the past; no one cares about your belly now, it’s all about keeping wrapped up
  5. Fashions; I’m no dedicated follower of fashion but I do love a good jumper or knee length knitted dress, it’s all about the comfort
  6. Events; people seem to think you get to September and there’s nothing to look forward to? Erm, Halloween, Bonfire Night and of course, Christmas!
  7. Catching up; I always find Autumn is a great time for catching up with friends who have been too busy during summer. A perfect excuse for afternoon tea and good natter
  8. Hobbies; I’ve recently started knitting (I know, I know) but when it’s sunny outside I feel like I’m missing out. Now the darker nights are here, I can get on with creating my woolly wonders – it’s scarfs all round this Christmas
  9. Sunday afternoon films; although it’s not entirely season specific, I always find that we are more likely to shut the curtains and sit down as a family to enjoy a good Sunday afternoon film. There is no better feeling than being cozy and warm with those you love most
  10. Real fires; I have to admit to being a bit of a convert to this particular benefit to the bad weather. I wasn’t sure about a real fire due to the mess they create but I have to admit it was one of the best decisions we have made. The smell of burning wood always takes me back to afternoons at my Nanna and Grandads farm, when they would tell us stories in front of the fire. Bliss!

So there you have it people, a whole list of reasons why you have absolutely no reason to feel glum or gloomy. The weather might be changing but with that comes the chance to do some of things that we all love the most.

Grab your favourite comfy jumper, get a good film and snuggle up on the sofa, in front of a real fire with a delicious hot chocolate – job done!