THIS is the weather for staying at home in front of the fire and settling down with a good book or a boxed set of DVDs.
Years ago, I would finish a book and place it carefully on a shelf and think: I’ll save that and read it again when I’m old. I never have. In fact, many of those books I was saving for a snowy day have been passed on to friends and charity shops.
But what I have just been doing is re-reading a book I first read only a year ago. This has nothing to do with memory loss but an overload of literature.
I read a lot and the volume I consume means that I forget the detail. Then a favourite author like Christian Cameron comes along and adds two more volumes to the excellent series of historical fiction he writes. His works about the Persian Wars are long, detailed and complex.
So, I re-read the first book in the series so I could plunge straight ahead with the new ones. This has had benefits. Re-discovering the characters was like meeting old friends, I understood it better second time around and I still got surprised at plot twists.
Plus, I had the pleasing prospect of more novels in the series just waiting to be read.
I don’t watch too much television but if it came to a boxed set of DVDs, I don’t think I’d choose anything heavy.
There's enough depression with the weather. The perfect antidote would be Jeeves and Wooster, that brilliant incarnation of P G Wodehouse’s most famous characters, played by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, that ran for 23 one-hour episodes in the early 1990s.
That would cheer me up no matter what the weather.
What ho! Jeeves. Spiffing fun.
Even if it’s snowing and I can’t get to the shop, I suppose I could do what I do with books. Download them!
The modern world, eh?