The wood stocks are getting low. Lucky we still have a wood shed full of logs that have been drying out for months. I’m not a cold weather person, and I know it’s cold everywhere, but the icy mornings we are experiencing down here for the first time are literally chilling me to the bone. It reminds me of nights spent at my grandparent’s house (my dad is from country Victoria,) when my sister and I would count how long it took the other to run across the linoleum floor to the half outside laundry for the toilet, and then back again to dive into a warm bed heavy with quilts and blankets. For years they only had a wood fire in the kitchen to warm the house and the water, so when they finally got a small gas heater in the lounge room they rarely turned it up higher than two bars, so we would fight for space in front of it. Now my children have double doonas on their beds and they huddle in front of the fire to get dressed in the mornings, and I have hot coco and marshmallows ready for them when they get off the school bus, and I like that the weather is forcing this way of life upon us right now. There’s something deeply satisfying about it. Anyway all of this just to say - stay warm people! That sun is beautiful today.