In the depths of this chilly English winter, the wheelhouse of the Nutmeg of Consolation stays very toasty. At the higher altitudes, that is. But down at floor level, a draft whistles up through the old wooden floorboards, and after a few hours of relative stillness while I work at my desk, my feet turn to blocks of ice. On more than one occasion I have had go come back in the house and pour myself a bowl of hot water to douse them in, before venturing back out to the lifeboat.
Even a pair of thick woollen Scandanavian oversocks—knitted by the mother of a gent who gave them to me to a recent 50th birthday fan gathering—have not been warm enough to stave off the cold. Perhaps I am missing some vital ingredient (vodka?)
But help is at hand in the form of these fabulous USB POWERED HEATED SLIPPERS that I have just ordered from Amazon.co.uk. They have individual controls for each foot, in case you ever want to BBQ one foot while the other chills out. And because they will plug into USB ports on my computer which in turn is powered off the Nutmeg’s wind turbine and solar panels, my little extravagance will even have a zero carbon footprint! (no pun intended.)