It might be chilly outside, but a group of residents at Kialla Gardens’ Banksia Lodge have a few tricks up their sleeves to keep warm this winter.
Daytime temperatures in Shepparton are not expected to rise above 12 C until at least Wednesday, with overnight temperatures to dip to a chilly 0°C today.
At 98, Roly Canobie is the oldest resident and he said his hand-knitted jumpers were his favourite way to beat the winter chills.
“My wife used to sit in the lounge and watch TV and she would knit me a jumper every year,” he said. “It keeps me warm …I exercise a lot as well.”
Norma Phillpot stands out in a crowd in her bright red coat and hat, but she said warm clothes were the key to staying warm.
“If you have a hat on your head and gloves on, the rest of your body will be warm,” she said.
For Mrs Phillpot, exercise is key too – she completes a 20 – minute circuit around Kialla Lakes.
Bill James said his top tip for staying warm in chilly temperatures was getting in an hour’s walk every day.
“If I don’t do it all in the morning, I do the rest in the afternoon,” he said.
“I go outside as much as I can and when it gets too cold, I walk along the corridors.”
Mr James said he also kept warm by dressing in the right clothes.
“If you go out in the elements, you dress accordingly,” Mr James said.
For this trio, keeping warm in the 21st century is much easier than when they were younger – there were no heaters or indoor climate control.
“We didn’t even have electricity,” Mr Canobie said.
“It used to be freezing. We would walk two miles across frozen paddocks, but we never really felt the cold,” Mrs Phillpot said.
“(Cold temperatures) were part of life.”
“We had one day where we had really heavy frosts and there was ice on the top of the dams and the taps iced up, I remember that,” Mr James said.
“I used to have to ride a pony three miles to school in the cold. There used to be ice on the roads and on the top of puddles and you had to ride your pony through to break it up,” Mr Canobie said.
By Jenna Bishop
As published in the Shepparton News, Monday, July 14, 2014