Winter woes and wows

Winter has hit Sydney with a bang. After a relatively warm autumn, it was a shock to the system last week and my body responded in predictable style by falling ill and developing flu-like symptoms. Not the full blown flu, of course, given that I had the flu vaccination a month before. But the cold, sore throat, body ache and since then, a niggling cough that is still ongoing.

I must confess, I am not a fan of winter. My list of winter woes include:

The cold: I am not a fan of the cold. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll laugh and nod. I whinge. I complain. I’m a pain in the arse to be around during the cold.

The wet: I hate the rains in winter. I know it’s not too often and I’m glad for that. But even just this weekend has been a nightmare. Cold, wet and windy? Not my cup of tea.

The dark: I hate how when I leave home in the morning during winter, it’s dark and when I am on the way back home, it’s dark again. It’s like the sun only shines when I at work which is of course, not fun at all! Winter just makes everything seem dreary.

The mornings: I am usually a morning person and love to hit the gym bright and early. Except in winter. The cold and dark make it so hard to get out of my comfortable warm bed.

The weight: I swear I eat more during winter. I blame the cold for an increase in appetite. I feel the need to consume every fatty food in sight and every sweet treat. I guess this year though, I can’t blame winter for that as it’s been going on for months before!

The flu: Okay, while I don’t always get the flu, I do always fall sick in winter. Colds, sore throats, coughs — all very predictable and very much despised!

But winter does have some small pluses.

Camping: When it’s not raining, winter is actually a lovely time to go camping because it makes campfires even more enticing and fun.

Winter clothes: I don’t buy clothes specifically for winter. All I do is layer up my summer clothes with stockings, scarves, jackets and boots. I do find them really cute and I get to wear short skirts thanks to wearing tights with them.

Soups: It’s really easy to cook food in winter thanks to soup. I don’t have to be a masterchef to prepare any of these. Sometimes, I just use whatever veggies I’ve got to make soup and it’s yummy.

Kitty cuddles: My cats seem to love cuddling a lot more during winter. I love that they love lap time, cuddles on the couch and cuddles in bed at night.

Cuddles: Winter is great for cuddles in bed or on the couch. Especially if like me, you don’t have heating in the house, there’s nothing better than cuddles to warm you through and through.

While winter does have its pluses, the woes still always get me down. I can’t wait for these three months to whizz by so that I can have some warmth, and more importantly, sunshine again. Hopefully, by summer time, I will have lost this excess weight I’ve gained since the beginning of this year and I can enjoy some sun, sand and sea!

Are you a winter person?

Do share!

***Linking with Kirsty for I must confess, Alicia for Open Slather and Corinne for Monday Musings***

Until next time,






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  • Denyse
    6 June 2016 at 10:08 am

    I hear you on the shorter days. I no longer go to work but the dark is not the best for rising to get to out of the house and then to arrive home…bleurgh. Never mind. Comfort yourself that on 21 June, it’s the ‘last’ of the shortest days and we slowly ease our way to equinox – 12 hours of night/day on 21 September.
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  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    6 June 2016 at 10:47 am

    I love that – woes and wows. Right up my alley! Love the photo of the leaves. That’s a wow.
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  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    6 June 2016 at 11:16 am

    I hate winter too Sanch. I hate getting up in 4 degree temp to exercise and I hate cold wind. I do love soup too and winter boots.
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  • Ness
    6 June 2016 at 1:54 pm

    It would definitely suck getting up in the darkness and freezing cold. It’s bad enough trying to get my kids out of bed. I don’t mind the odd rainy day, because I like to curl up with a book, but this last weekend was a bit ridiculous!

  • Parul
    6 June 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Love the wows and sorry for the woes. In Bangalore, the weather is moderate all the year round. This year has been hot but still can’t match what the North of India faces. It’s been long that I have seen winters but truth be told, I prefer it over summer.. I get sick when there is sudden change but using I am fine in winters. And yes, the season makes you eat more so eat healthy and that will help you manage weight.
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  • Mithila Menezes @fabulus1710
    6 June 2016 at 3:43 pm

    As I commented earlier too, I really love the winters. It just seems really beautiful, the dark mornings and not-so-sunny afternoons. And plus, the warm soups and cuddly blankets are just another reason to stay home and not go out ?
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  • Raych
    6 June 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I love winter, just not the extreme weather conditions and the severe weather warnings.

  • Zita
    6 June 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I am with you! I love winter for the fashion! Love layering and boots and scarves but hate being cold! I also used to really hate going to and from work in the dark, although it’s not such an issue at the moment! I hate that I feel like the option of exercising outside is taken away, I didn’t go for my usual Sunday morning run along the river on the weekend because it was just way way too cold and windy outside! Call me a wuss but I don’t fancy getting sick so opted for the treadmill instead!
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  • Lovey
    6 June 2016 at 8:25 pm

    OMG ! I thought I was writing this one. I don’t like winters mostly on account of bad health. But sometimes when I get winter delicacies cooked by my Mom , Winters become blessings !

    Hope you get well soon Sanch šŸ™‚

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    6 June 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I love that you were able to find positives as well as negatives in winter Sanch. I’m yet to suffer the winter large but my kids have all fallen ill over the last few weeks and I’m already over the coughs, sneezing and blowing!
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  • jess
    6 June 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Its all wows for me, I love winter so so much.
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  • Tory
    7 June 2016 at 7:30 am

    Warm kitty cuddles are the best! Furry purry hot water bottles!
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  • Corinne Rodrigues
    7 June 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Our winters are hardly cold as you know, Sanch. I like both winter and summer (except when it gets too humid). It’s the rains I have a problem with.
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  • Alicia
    8 June 2016 at 10:08 am

    I don’t care how much it rains, but I hate the cold. It’s a top of 12 degrees today. A top! I could not live without my heater in winter!
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  • Vanessa
    8 June 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I think the mild autumn and sudden winter has made me eat ALL THE FOOD. I don’t think I’m normally like that in winter.
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