It’s Snow Joke

The nights are drawing in. It’s getting darker and that means one thing. Winter.

 I don’t really mind winter. Ice and snow can be a pain in the backside, literally! but I like the crisp clear mornings and the crunch of frozen grass under my shoes. I do admit that it’s easy for me to say this whilst working inside. I sit in a heated office, although it’s not exactly toasty when the temperature drops outside. I don’t need to worry about what gloves will be suitable all day, or how many layers I need to wear to keep my legs warm.

 Many people do have this problem. Perhaps you work on an outdoor market, or as a mechanic, or a gardener?  What do you do then? Well, some people come up with an ingenious solution. Like the picture below:

It's going to be the trend of 2011. Trust me!

It’s a novel way of keeping your hands and belly warm that fits under your outer layer of clothes. The belly warmer in the picture is a local object which comes from Darwen. In essence it works like a hot water bottle. You fill it with water and it keeps you warm. The back of the warmer is curved to sit easily on your tummy and the front has two perfectly sized handles. As long as you have some holes in your pocket which allow you to grab the handles, you have got yourself a perfect way of keeping warm in winter!

The belly warmer in detail

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