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Hot chocolate: There is no better time than to go in search for the best hot chocolate. I have hot chocolate maybe only twice a year and found the best tasting ones are usually in front of an open fire place.
Open Fire places: I love being in front of an open fire place in winter, the heat radiates through my body and I get mesmerised watching the flames and glowing coal. There is no better smell than being in a tiny country town with all the wood fires burning, it makes the town feel more homely for some reason, not that I even have a fire place at home.
Snow: I only discovered I liked snow about 2 years ago. I don't like sight seeing in the snow, that's way too cold but cross country skiing is great. You warm up quickly and being surrounded by white is amazing, its a bit like bush walking as far as the scenery goes, but with the benefits of going fast on the downhill.
Hearty home made meals: Winter is a great time to become a master chef, it's about the only time of year when I'm not constantly outdoors and consider cooking roasts with lots of garlic and roast veggies, soups and lots of other hearty meals. The cook top warms the house, the smell is wonderful and the food nourishes and warms the soul.
Bush walking: Yes this will sound silly to most, but I love bush walking in winter, there is something very therapeutic about being in the elements and out in nature. I look at the poor little wet birds and think they're stuck out here all winter, rain, hail and shine and when I'm finished the walk I can have a hot shower and warm drink. It makes me appreciate the comforts of home.
AFL: for a lot of Aussie family's AFL is a big part of the winter calendar, Wether it's spending every weekend supporting their team or standing on the sidelines at the local Aus Kick game. I'm not a footy fan, but that's just me.
Shopping: What better time than winter is there for shopping? It's a great excuse to stay out of the weather, not to mention the great mid - year sales. It's a win/win situation.
Cafe/Restaurant hunting: Why not challenge yourself to find 'the best' cafe or restaurant this winter. One that you have never previously been to before. I like to find great ones in little country towns with lots of atmosphere.
Reading: Summer is a terrible time to be a book worm as there are so many great activities you can do in summer, however winter is the perfect time. Scour vintage stores and book shops to find the perfect reading material. For me it's more about the search than the book.
Creative: It's a great time to be creative with arts and design. I like salvaging second hand items and giving them a twist to create something a bit quirky to display in our home.
Hibernation: Most of my friends first response to the question as to what's good about winter was "nothing" followed closely by "a good excuse to fall asleep during the day".
Romantic weekends away: I'm told cold weather is best time for a weekend away, maybe it's the log fires, hot chocolates and cuddling up for warmth that makes it great?
Great excuse not to wash the car "because it's going to rain anyway and get dirty again"
Benefits of winter: There's no need to water the garden or mow the lawn.
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What's not to like? Overcast days are warm but not sunny, so everything you do, you do without sunburn. There are less mosquitoes, less sweat, great for visiting the zoo and the beach.
There's nothing better than a day in snuggling with a good book or film while listening to the rain and I've found that just about everyone in my family sleeps easier with the sound outside their window.