As the weather turns chillier, it’s the perfect excuse to snuggle up with a soft blanket, in front of the telly; your hands warming themselves on a mug of something hot and delicious.
And although, this option is sometimes preferable to going out – I mean, it’s a lot cheaper than venturing outside, it’s warmer and you can mooch around in your PJ’s, what’s not to love? – nothing beats a hearty afternoon walk in the crunchy, fallen leaves followed by a few cosy hours spent in the sanctuary that is the coffee shop. With your favourite well-thumbed novel. Or your favourite person. Or favourite people.
There’s something really special about going out with the sole purpose of grabbing a coffee, to sip slowly whilst putting the world to rights. It’s something I’d love to do more often and would, if only my financial situation would allow it. And at this time of year, there’s such an exciting range of hot beverages to gulp down as you shelter from the cold. There’s mulled things (not to be confused with mouldy things, that wouldn’t be half as nice) and drinks with – what honestly look like twigs and bits of potpourri floating around in them – cinnamon sticks, star anise and dehydrated oranges bobbing about in them. Also if you listen closely enough, you can hear the crisp autumnal air whisper the words ‘Hot Chocolate’ because let’s face it, Chocolat Chaud is a basic human right at this time of year. Go and drink some. Treat yourself to whipped cream, marshmallows and a flake. You deserve it, it’s hard work keeping a body warm!
Rather than grabbing a hot drink to-go this winter, I’m going to save my beverage allowance for those weekend afternoons when I actually have the time to sit and savour this wintery pastime. I’m going to relish nursing a mug that I don’t drink from everyday and mull over life whilst breathing in the scent of coffee beans, taking a well-deserved moment out of the busy and -quite frankly- cold week, to defrost, thaw out and relax.
And I’m grateful that when it’s bitter outside, there are coffee shops a plenty that we can escape to. A place to find refuge, caffeine and cake.