2015-05-19 06:00

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Is the sun shining outside your window?

You’d best get out and enjoy it while you can.

And while you’re soaking up the last of the autumn sun, you might want to start planning for winter.

After the last few weeks of chilly weather, there’s no denying winter is around the corner.

And to avoid being caught in the cold, you’d best start your preparations early. This includes dusting off your winter blankets and unpacking your thick jerseys.

It might include stocking up on gumboots and rain jackets to keep you dry.

Don’t forget to arm yourself with hats and hoodies to keep that hair from frizzing.

You might also want to pop into the pharmacy for a flu shot, or at the very least stock your cupboards with an arsenal of medications to keep coughs and runny noses at bay.

Once you’re sure to be bundled up against the cold, you may want to make sure your home is too.

A day of maintenance wouldn’t go amiss. We don’t call it the Cape of storms for nothing!

Make sure your gutters and drain pipes are clean and in good order, and that your roof is well-sealed – you don’t want to be out in the rain carrying out emergency maintenance because your house is flooding!

Take time to stop the drafts under doors and hang up heavy curtains. This will go a long way to keeping your home warm, and will see you using heaters less (nevermind pricey electricity!).

Now is also the time to have your car checked.

As roads get wetter and the sun sets earlier, there are even more chances for road accidents to happen.

Make sure your tyres and windscreen wipers are in good condition, your brakes working well and your lights shining brightly – you’ll need all of them to get you safely through winter!

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