I wore my new parka for the first time yesterday. The day before it had been far milder but yesterday the day started off at about 4C (39F). I felt cold in my wool coat so therefore judged that my parka could now be reasonably worn.
I think the Landsend wardrobe said that the parka had been tested down to -32C (-26F), when worn with a typical winter wardrobe. I had worried that I would sweat in it but I was comfortable enough. Realistically, I am never going to find out whether Landsend’s claims hold up (unless I visit northern Canada in the depths of winter). Possibly, although it has been tested down to -32C, the website doesn’t say whether the wearer was still snuggly warm at that temperature. It is possible that they were utterly frozen. Humans aren’t really meant to live at -32C.
London’s trees have nearly lost all their leaves. I keep meaning to take my camera out and then forgetting so these photos were taken with my iPhone.
The author of this blog has said that we are in for a cold winter. I think I would enjoy a cold winter, although it wouldn’t suit everybody.