I wonder if in the far, far distant past homo sapiens used to hibernate in the winter. If not then how did he manage to stay alive, living in caves and before the invention of fire? Layers and layers of fur I suppose.
I did once read of folk somewhere in the world - in the Himalayas I believe - where the whole village retreats underground in Winter with their stores of food;
All I can say is that cold, wet weather like we have had over the past few days, with the wind coming from the North has definitely made me feel like hibernating.
Then this morning, as we came back from our feed merchants in Masham and drove into the market square in our little town, I saw my old friendW - 95 and counting - zipping across the road, still wearing the anorak she has worn all summer, no hat, no gloves - carrying a laden shopping bag as she made her way home. They make them tough up here.