In the mind’s eye when one mentions winter thoughts of snow arrive unbidden. I think I’d love to live in a snowy wonderland such as Switzerland and Canada and parts of the US, but I know that the novelty would soon wear off. Living in overheated houses then piling on the layers to go outside and pulling them off quickly when you come back inside would not suit my personality.
The Pelorous Sounds in New Zealand is one of the most idyllic places I’ve been. It is an isolated place with the only way in by boat. Winter here is cold, bone-biting cold. The winds blow almost constantly and luckily there is an unlimited supply of wood to keep the stove burning. Braving the elements to catch some New Zealand Blue Eyed Cod and Huss is more than worth the effort but I couldn’t take a full winter here either.
There are many cold places in Australia. The Snowy Mountains would be the place to live if you wanted snow. Here in Glen Innes at the beginning of winter the air conditioning was not sufficient to heat the room to a warm enough temperature to make it an even comfortable temperature inside. Luckily there were plenty of blankets around.
Winter where I have chosen to live has perfect days – between 20 degrees and 25 degrees celsius. The nights are colder with an average around 10 degrees celsius. Perfect for a good nights sleep. Although it is too cold for me to consider swimming it does not stop my nephews from Switzerland and Germany who visit us in their long summer holidays ( our winter) and spend hours swimming and playing in the pool or ocean.
Perhaps we have the winter wonderland.
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