- Get £50 in cash to keep in the house for local shopping in the village shops during bad weather.
Get the pantry storage set up in the garage with tinned/dry/packet foods. Inventory this and rotate the stock. Buy IKEA cheap fleeces, use to line the thin curtains in some of the bedrooms. Rugs on the kitchen floor. Keep the oil tank at least half full; check on it regularly, and watch Boilerjuice for prices.
- Check cars over - oil and water, screenwash - regularly.
Tyres replaced at back of Vectra Buy screenwash.
- Put together an emergency box for the cars (1 for each) with things that might be needed if we got stranded in cold weather (ideas on MSE website)
Extra blankets or quilts ready to put on the beds when it gets colder Fleeces/rugs ready for snuggling on the sofas Hot water bottles rounded up and in one place, checked for perished rubber. If available cheaply, buy a few more - aiming for 2 each so have one near feet and one to cuddle! At present, have 5. Matches/candles/batteries/torches in stock, checked and available.(Need matches to light gas hob if power cut as well as for candles) Hats/scarves/gloves/winter coats/lined raincoats all ready.
- Slippers sorted for everyone
Me, YFG, EFG, FH (EFG's need washing, need to get some for FH) Muckboots and warm old clothes ready to layer up for winter chicken work Plenty of rubber gloves ready for winter outside work Get my leather boots resoled (over 10 years old and going strong - about time they were resoled!)Cost me £19.99 but given that they are so old and comfortable, I decided it was worth it - they will probably last another 10 years now! Get copper kettle out and put on woodstove so that it heats water each night to fill a couple of hot water bottles Wood ready for burning, plenty of kindling chopped and ready Chimney swept
- Spare pet/chicken food in stock - at least 2 weeks' worth (
- Never come home in a car with an empty-ish petrol tank - fill it up!!
- Put summer garden furniture under cover for the winter.
Stock up on kids' medications - Calpol, Nurofen, Piriton, etc
- Make sure FH gets slightly ahead with his medications and asks for repeats on time (Surgery occasionally "can't get hold" of one of his two vital anti-rejection drugs and I have to trawl round local chemists for supplies - not ideal if snow on ground as I hate driving)
Keep supply of disinfectant(winter vomiting virus may strike!)
I freely admit that this list is heavily influenced by the thread on the MSE forums about preparing for winter. I may add more things to it in the weeks ahead, and I would be interested in other ideas that I may have forgotten about!!