Christmas is a cheery time of visuals. Nothing speaks more idyllically about this time of year than the visuals of picture postcard fallen snow. Nice to see from your window if you can feel comfortable inside your home. Okay. Lately, to much delight, it has been snowing here on the West coast of Wales. Alongside? Unfortunately is hard frost. Temperatures at very low minus readings. Extremely cold conditions which we are not used to. Conditions of trying to keep warm, safe and in no danger of hypothermia for many older folk. The freezing internal home temperatures difficult to fight against. With energy costs at levels beyond belief. It is leaving many vulnerable people sitting in their houses struggling to keep warm.
It’s heartbreaking to see. Are the answers there? Can we, as close communities, bring assistance to each other? It is easy to read advice and then believe that others have read the same advice and are following instructions. Maybe so. However, more likely not so simple or able to do so. A check on neighbours is an act of necessity at times. A tap on the door and simple enquiry. Myself ? In retirement with the luxury of fairly decent health I can still keep warm. Extra layers, keep active, gentle sustainable background heat in the house, warm drinks, etc. Inside it is still cold but not freezing. My wife works and stays active that way. People may seem that they are coping due to the way they seem strong and capable. Present with confidence and bravado. But, sometimes, the reality of extraordinary situations in extreme times can actually come and bite you unexpectedly. Vulnerability can affect all walks of life. A knock on a door or a phone call may make a huge difference.
My photograph of the trees below? It made me think. So I gave it a title. “Freezing isn’t it? Are you okay?” But who is asking who?
Please keep an eye on neighbours. Community values really do make the World a better place. Link below for advice and guidance.