Oh the weather outside is frightful…

But the fire is so delightful (or at least I’m sure it would be if I actually had a fireplace). Failing that, I’m happy to make do with other ways to keep myself toasty and warm when the weather conspires to leave me frozen and soaked to the core. Aside from keeping the cool air at bay by keeping all the windows and doors of the house firmly closed, and then piling on several layers of warm clothing, I’ve also found that the humble old water bottle packs a serious amount of punch (of the warm variety).

Hot Water Bottle from Peter Alexander

We recently stocked up on a few of the standard (quite ugly) traditional hot water bottles to use throughout the house, which we very inelegantly cover with old pillow cases. However I couldn’t go past one of these cute covered hot water bottles from Peter Alexander (and even better it was 20% off!).

For many, mostly inexplicable reasons I have an obsession with woodland creatures – everything from squirrels, badgers, rabbits and deers. So happily I’ve been able to extend this obsession with my new hot water bottle…snuggly bliss indeed!!


  1. Kimberley

    Who knew even having a hot water bottle could be so fashionable?! Its so cute!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kimberley – I know right!! So cute and so practical – a match made in heaven!! 8)

  2. x Corrine/Frock & Roll x

    Ah, the trusty hot water bottle.. currently my ultimate favourite sleeping companion! I suspect my adoration would only grow with one of those delicious Peter Alexander covers; how swoon-worthy..

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Corrine – I love that hot water bottles can be practical and yet gorgeous at the same time. This one is so cuddly and warm, I love it!! I’ve been known to cuddle mine for most of the night on those particularly chilly evenings…they are the best way of warming up without burning electricity…

      There were lots of other PA designs to choose from too – from memory a bulldog and horse were amongst the range as well…

  3. Linda Lilly Cottage

    My trusty water bottle was called Fred…RIP…until one very sad day when he split open and poured boiling hot water over ones back…..he was old, he had worked very hard over the years, I guess he just wasn’t up to it any more….my how he would have loved a spiffy new jacket like that.
    Kiss Noises Linda ( he hasn’t been replaced by the way, well he has sort of in a wheat pack sort of replacement but it is not the same).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – Oh poor Fred. I’m very sad to hear of his demise, though it does sound like he gave you very loyal service over many years. I fear the day that my hot water bottles need to be laid to rest…I hope that day is a long time coming… 😉

      I’ve never given wheat packs a try, though I do hear that they can be very effective for pain relief (and it sounds like supplying warmth as well).

  4. beth

    I don’t know where you live, but obviously it’s winter maybe wherever you are ?

    I might need one of those water bottles when our winter shows it’s ugly face again…but right now we’re having a heat wave…..yuck!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Beth – Yes it most certainly is winter where I live (which is in Australia), though it rarely gets too cold at all. In Brisbane we tend to get a few ‘cold snaps’, but nothing too unbearable…I do come to rely on the old hot-water bottle from time to time though…

      Oh I sympathise with the heat wave, it is much easier to cope with the cold than the hot…I hope you get some milder weather soon…

  5. The Triple Echo

    Ah! I remember those picturesque English winters, accompanied with hot-water bottles without attire! My mother once said “I should be lucky” because before the days of hot-water bottles, one just took a heated red brick out of the oven, and warmed up to that all night! Glad the war’s over! 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Triple Echo – So much about winter seems to inspire a certain feeling of old-fashionedness, thought it is nice to no longer be completely reliant on less than effective heating methods. Hot water bottles will always hold a place near and dear to my heart I think (especially when they’re cute like this one).

      I can’t imagine how I would have coped with having to heat a ‘brick in the oven’ to stay warm… I would have probably stationed myself (and my bed) right next to the wood stove all night!!

  6. Paul

    I’m running out of dry clothes to wear to work. I must get one of those indoor drying rack thingies. But I hope the rain clears today. Have a wonderful singing and dancing kind of day, Tracey.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Paul – Thankfully the weather has turned a little more sunny and I’m pretty sure that most of my clothes have now dried. I really should get an indoor laundry airer too, but making do right now with strung up string lines in the garage…here’s hoping your clothes are dry too!!

      Thanks for your ‘singing and dancing’ wishes…sounded very Pooh Bear of you and certainly brought a smile to my face.

  7. harmonie22

    One of my favorite things about blogging is the richly diverse cultural exposure I get to people from all over the world. I have to tell you that the idea of winter in June tickles me pink. Keep warm! I’ve always been terribly fascinated about Australia, if I ever have the chance to make my way over to your end of the globe I will be sure to come during December. Hope your well.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Harmonie22 – Oh I agree! Blogging brings all of us together in the same online space, regardless of where we live in the ‘real world’… I feel very lucky to have ‘met’ so many wonderful people just through jotting some of my thoughts down on paper…something that I’m grateful for each and every day. Part of that joy is remembering that we experience our seasonal changes at different times throughout the year.

      Luckily winter in Australia never gets too cold, so we often complain woefully when it even turns just a little bit chilly…I’d love to experience a ‘real’ winter with snow and all the works at some time in my life.

      Oh if you do come to Australia in December at least you won’t have to worry too much about bringing too much baggage with you…it’s WAY too hot!! 8)

  8. Elaine

    It’s approaching mid-winter hear in the cold, snowy UK and I’ve stumbled across your blog whilst googling for a “new hot water bottle”. Sadly, one of my old ones sprung a leak in my bed last night and will shortly be laid to rest to take its place with all the others in hot water bottle heaven. (Note: “laid to rest” = “thrown in the bin” “hot water bottle heaven” = “rubbish dump” …..Aw! How sad!)
    I couldn’t help noticing your comment about hot water bottles being “quite ugly” – I think they’re lovely with or without covers.

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