Jul 22, 2019

Life This Week 22/7/2019: Winter - Like / Loathe.


I don't hate it but I do dislike its ability to dictate how I can go about my day with a flick of the switch that turns on the rain or the blustery winds.  But then again, I also love winter for its ability to force me to slow down and potter by doing those very same things.

We're incredibly lucky to live in a part of the world where the winters are relatively mild (our love of wearing black puffer jackets and vests the moment there's just the hint of a chill in the air in the city is infamous) and our winters themselves are a more than tolerable mix of a few days of cold, many of sun, some of rain and then that glorious count down to spring/summer.

Let's start with my likes and loves first.

Explorer socks and layers in general.

Mug after mug of tea.

The sofa with its pillows, cushions and blankets.

Or my bed.  So long as I've got my Kindle and that ubiquitous mug of tea at hand.  I'm not fussy.

Pea and ham soup with lots of fresh and thickly buttered sourdough.

And then there's the not so great stuff that I'm not a big fan of.

How the rain slows everything down and makes me a more highly strung driver.  But at least we do get those rainbows.

The colds and sniffles that seem to linger forever.  No matter how many vitamins you take and hours of sleep you try to steal.

The electricity bill from leaving the heaters on.  Both to keep warm but also to help the laundry dry as you drape it around the house to get rid of the moisture the winter sun and or the dryer can't seem to fully address.

Leaving for and returning from work in the dark.  Thankfully this only happens for but a few weeks but gee those weeks are painful.

The fiddling around with vaporizers and humidifiers.  Annoying but worth the effect on those post infectious dry coughs that seem to last longer now than they did decades ago.  Must be a mutation those viruses have picked up over the year.

It is fun wearing extra layers to work and elsewhere but it is a bit of effort to unwrap yourself when you reach your destination - work, the cafe up the road...

Lastly, the way the cold stiffens you up despite the latest technology you might be wearing in your running gear and ski gloves.  It's the kind of stuff that only be fixed by an extra long, extra hot shower.

Winter.  Do you like or loathe it or do you make the most of its control on your life while it's around?


  1. I much prefer summer but I do like the cosy layers in winter! It's good weather for snuggling up at home which suits me fine as I'm a homebody!

  2. I'm not a fan of rain, unless I'm inside and warm and dry! I also can't get into layers, I find they make me feel uncormfortable! But other than that, Winter is great haha xx

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  3. I have always loathed winter. This winter is different however. Melb has had sunny and even warmish days like spring. I can actually handle it at the moment. Still, can’t wait for summer.
    Great images!

  4. I love it and loathe it for the same reasons. I used to hate doing the commute into work in multiple layers and then having to carry all those layers back home again and try to remember not to leave any on the bus. We're off to Canberra & Eucumbene next week for a real dose of winter...

  5. I'm very grateful for Aussie Winters SSG - so mild compared to our Northern friends! We've had a bit of rain here and it definitely makes my walks a little less fun - but an umbrella usually "not good" list - they're so pretty, but I guess they would slow the traffic down! And I must say that I don't miss getting up for work in the dark now that I'm gainfully unemployed!

  6. I make the most of our winter by staying active and dressing in layers. Fortunately we have plenty of sunny days in the winter. #lifethisweek

  7. I'm reading this on a sick day with a stuffy nose and cough --- not a fan of winter! I guess the only good thing is the fashion; I do love wearing my boots and tights and skirts. And yes, while our winters are milder, I don't think our houses and shops and spaces are actually conducive to cold weather unlike in the northern hemisphere

  8. I'm with you and the copious cups of tea during winter, I always seem to be either making one or drinking one!! I love the fact that winter in Australia is so different wherever you go. At home in the Snowy Mountains it's real winter, then up in Queensland recently it was too warm for winter! I'm now on the NSW South Coast and it's a mix of sunshine and warmer temps but you still need a jacket handy. I love being able to stay inside on those dreary, wet, miserable, snowy days of winter. I enjoyed your summary :) #Lifethisweek

  9. We get brief Spring and Fall weather (ranging from three weeks to maybe a month and a half) here in southeast Georgia, US. We have long Summers and Winter likes to hang out from late October (maybe) to mid February. Our Winters are mild compared to the Northern States. We had snow twice in my lifetime that I remember (I will be 44 in September). However, there's been a few times in my life where we had some summery winters growing up (temperatures reaching close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit).

  10. I thought you'd like this prompt! I hear you on the leaving for work and getting home in the dark. That is the worst. However, my little whinge is that it's been so mild this winter I wonder will I ever wear some of my cardis!!
    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week's optional prompt is 30/51 Share Your Snaps #6. 29/7/19. Hope to see you there too. Denyse.


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