I'm not good with the cold. Yesterday I was wearing thermal-lined wellie boots and an electric blue ski jacket. This is worrying, not just from a fashion standpoint, but also because I was only in the kitchen.
Still, as we are, very definitely, in snow territory at the moment, I decided this week to embrace the current weather and get the children in the garden.
We actually didn't have a huge amount of the white stuff. Not really enough to make a snowman, but plenty to construct some snow lanterns.
These are a doddle.
Just roll a few snowballs and place them in a circle with gaps between each. Then simply add more layers, each one smaller than the last, until there is only a small gap at the top (this lets the heat escape).
When it's getting dark, take a tea light and push it through one of the gaps until it's in the centre before lighting it with a long taper.
They look really effective by the side of a pathway or drive and, when the weather's this chilly they will last for days - just light a new tea light each time.
Plus, they look particularly good when viewed from indoors. In the warm. Wearing thermal wellies and a ski jacket.