As I write this, it is raining heavily. This is most unusual for our climate and it is lovely.We are now well into winter, with July and August generally being our coldest months. I am not fond of the cold, so winter is my least favourite season. Mostly, my frustration arises because I have trouble finding clothes that can keep me warm without turning me into a bulky, woolly wrapped blob.
However, there are some things that I do like about winter. On clear crispy winter days, I can see the snow on the southern alps, some two hours drive away from where I live. It is like bright shiny icing atop the mountains and contrasts beautifully with the intense blue of the sky. It may surprise many that it snows in Australia, and that do we have great ski fields – just not very many of them! I enjoy snow skiing immensely, but it is expensive, and the slopes get quite congested, so I have not been for a few years now.
There is no doubt that one of the best things about winter is being able to sit near an open log fire, enjoying a hot meal and a glass of good wine! A local restaurant must know of my appreciation as there is inevitably a spot near their fire when I call in for a meal (or perhaps I have just been lucky :-)).
Some years ago I was living on a farm and was responsible for checking on the lambing ewes through the winter months. On calm evenings, this was a most rewarding job. Everything was still and quiet with a hint of woodsmoke from the farmhouse drifting invitingly past every now and again. I loved the peaceful atmosphere – it gave me time to think about all sorts of things!
It does not snow where I live, but winter is our rainy season. Having said that, it rarely rains heavily for long periods of time as it has done today. Mostly, we get grey drizzly days.
I have always enjoyed wet weather – some of my earliest recollections are of damp days. I suspect that if I lived somewhere where it rained a lot or in a place like Darwin (northern Australia) where it is very humid for half the year, I would not feel this way. But I don’t (live there), so I do (love rain)!
We have recently emerged from a decade of very dry years, when the city water restrictions dictated that watering lawns or gardens and/or washing the car was illegal. After watching large trees everywhere get more and more stressed until many died, I (and all those thirsty roots) are delighted that the rainy winter seasons are now back!
However, there are downsides to the winter season too. Cycling to work is not the greatest experience when the temperature has dipped below freezing and the grass is crunchy with frost! I find the short daylight hours challenging too as there never seems to be quite long enough to get things done!
However, about this time of the year, the early flowering wattle trees (Acacia) are starting to bloom, and the exquisite perfume is a reminder that spring is not that far away!
The best thing about winter? For me, it must be that it is followed by spring and glorious summer!
Anyone want to have their say about what you like best about winter?