Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stay Snug as a Bug. Take Some Comfort from These Cosy Winter Warmers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stay Snug as a Bug. Take Some Comfort from These Cosy Winter Warmers

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Byline: With Andrea McLean

IT WOULDN'T surprise me if employers have noticed a spike in staff sickness and the number of duvet days taken in the past fortnight. Not only have flu bugs been doing the rounds, but the weather's been miserable.

All I want to do right now is wrap myself up in a big throw and park myself in front of the fire with the remote control for company. If the bills paid themselves I think I could happily make a little burrow in my living room and stay there until the end of spring.

For those days when you are able to snuggle down at home, I thought I'd take a look at ways to make your home as comfortable and cosy as possible - to help us all stagger through the last few weeks of winter.

Fabrics that are soft to the touch, rich colours begging to be illuminated by candlelight and log fires, and scrubbed tables that won't be happy until they are groaning under the weight of cottage pie and surrounded by hungry visitors.

That's what cosy winter is all about for me.

I WOULDN'T even consider snuggling down without lighting a couple of candles, even when I'm sitting in on my own. Not only are they gorgeous to have dotted around, we all look better in a warm, flickering glow Candles, PS10 each, |Betty Jackson at Debenhams IF EVER there was a time of the year where you should be allowed - no, positively encouraged - to eat comforting food and say to hell with the 'no carbs' diet, it is now.

You can't beat sitting around a table with your nearest and dearest, nicking chips off plates and helping yourself to stew and veg.

Cookware that can move straight from the oven to the table means you save valuable eating time, and it looks great too.

| By Sainsbury's large |oak paddle board, PS16. Falcon handled dish black, 10cm, PS2.50. Falcon lidded dish black, 14cm, PS4. …

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