Winter is almost upon us and Iím looking forward to it! Iíve often said that I am the opposite of a bear Ė I hibernate in the summer and come to life in the winter. If you need to be convinced that winter is the best time of the year, here are six great reasons:
1. Everything is green.
Winter is the best time to go for a drive in the countryside and enjoy the lush green-ness of the hills. Our lawns look better with less care and our vegetable gardens are rich with healthy choices.
2. Itís cheaper.
Itís much easier to warm ourselves in the winter than to cool down in the summer. Wearing warm clothes and wrapping up in cosy blankets costs nothing. Add some fluffy socks and a hot water bottle and youíre as snug as a bug.
3. Itís satisfying.
Think of all those delicious winter warming soups, casseroles and roasts. Some of my favourite winter memories revolve around bowls of hot soup in warm kitchens.
4. Itís safer
Summer brings the threat of grass fires and bushfires. I have experienced the fear of having to evacuate my home when a fire came uncomfortable close to my home. Even living in the suburbs doesnít guarantee immunity from fires.
5. There are less pests about.
I have a fear of snakes, and just as with fires, they can rear their heads anywhere. Winter sends them into hibernation so that we can walk in grass and bushland without fear of getting bitten.
The same goes for those other pests Ė mosquitos, ants and flies. While they are somewhat active most of the year round, summer days bring increasing numbers of flies and ants to ruin the best picnics evenings bring out hungry mozzies.
6. Itís easier to sleep.
Remember those hot, sweaty nights, tossing and turning, desperate for even the smallest breeze? Now think about chilly nights in flannelette pyjamas under a feather quilt. I know which one makes me sleep better. Then, of course, thereís rain. Who doesnít love falling asleep to the sound of it on the roof at night?
So, while you could always argue that winter also means wet washing, mud puddles and sniffly noses, there are always indoor washing lines, wellington boots and an excuse to take a sickie or two. Argument won.
I agree with all the points you made, Colmo. I also love winter. Now the weather is cooler I am feeling more energetic and walking more. I am going out more frequently. One of my favourite evening activities is to get snuggly with a soft fluffy blanket and watch a DVD or Netflix. A hot drink makes it even better. I feel sorry for people who suffer in winter but personally I love the colder weather.