These days people pay good money to stay in an ice hotel in Sweden and spend an evening shivering in sub-zero temperatures.
When I was a boy a cold Winter would have been quite an ordeal I’m certain because like most people in 1962 we lived in a house without central heating and this was in the days long before double glazing and thermal insulation.
I don’t think we even had a fitted carpet! We didn’t have a fitted carpet for at least another five years or so. The house had an open coal fire in the lounge and a coke boiler in the kitchen to heat the water and that was it. Sitting around the fire was quite cosy of course but when it came to bed time tearing yourself away from it was a real ordeal – rather like Scott’s preparation for walking to the South Pole!