Winter has descended and the streets are covered in fallen autumn leaves. The branches are suddenly bare and there's a frost in the air. To be outside before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. now is to feel the chill. The sky is luminous grey, as if snow will fall; or, it's bright blue and sunny, deceiving that it's warm but actually it's crisp.
Time to don the coats and beanies and leather gloves. Wrap a quilt around you, cup your hands around a mug of hot chocolate, warm your hands in front of a fire (or maybe the heating vent!). Light some candles, have a bubble bath, cook roast vegetables or a chocolate pudding.