FREEZING ME BITS OFF! (why I love winter – the gallery)

So this week’s STICKY FINGERS Gallery prompt is ‘Seasons’

My favourite season is Winter, but even as I’m typing the word, I’m shaking my head with disbelief. 

Growing up in New Zealand in the 70’s & 80’s I was the ultimate Sun Bunny. It was the days before we fully understood the dangers of skin cancer, and I treated tanning like it was an Olympic sport. I’d drench myself in baby oil, chase the last square inch of sun around the back yard, and contort myself like a Russian gymnast to avoid the dreaded white stripes on the inside leg.


Then I moved to Sydney, and it was even hotter. I was more sun savvy then, always slapping on SPF15, but my days were spent having down at the beach, or having barbies by the pool.


Moving to the UK meant waving ‘Bye Bye’ to the long, hot Antipodean summers, and ‘Hello’ to the freezing cold. I was totally unprepared for my first UK Winter – so much so my skin actually got burned by the cold wind (seriously!). 

I’d never really seen snow (outside of the ski-fields). I marvelled at how you Brits could walk so easily on the snow and ice, while I had to shuffle along using a weird little duck waddle. I watched, mouth hanging open, at the way people went clubbing in little skirts and strapless tops, when I froze my bits off through two layers of thermal underwear.

Then, something happened. I got used to the cold. In fact, I even started kind’ve loving it – being all buttoned up in my winter woolies, feeling the crisp, cold air on my face. 

And now, somehow, Winter has become my favourite season. Not the wet, windy, rotten days, but those amazing snow-covered, blue-skied days when your breath comes in little puffs, and your eyes water, and you find yourself making that ‘Brrrrrrrrr…’ noise when you step outside. 


So, without any further ado, here are some of my favourite wintery pics:

 
Big Sis’s first snow day!
The Ice Hotel grounds, Sweden
My bed at the Ice Hotel, Sweden
The Chapel of the Snow Castle, Finland
The official start of the Arctic Circle
Swimming with the icebergs, Finland

14 Comments

  1. Louisa - November 8, 2010

    There’s cold and there’s COLD! Swimming in Finland?! Now that looks seriously freezing!

  2. PhotoPuddle - November 8, 2010

    Wow, what great photos. And lots of fantastic memories there as well.

  3. Domestic Goddesque - November 9, 2010

    Oh my good God, are you mad? Swimming with the ice-bergs? I had no idea…..

  4. Livi - November 9, 2010

    oooh wow! it’s so gorgeous!

  5. TheMadHouse - November 9, 2010

    Wow you have some great images and some fab memories there!

  6. The Alexander Residence - November 10, 2010

    Wow you have really taken to the cold. did you really sleep in that bed – brrrrrrrrrrrr! Cool experiences :)

  7. mumtoj - November 10, 2010

    Brr, the snow and ice look beautiful but just a little to cold for me…… not sure about swimming with icebergs!! :)

  8. MuddynoSugar - November 10, 2010

    Wowser, you really have embraced the cold. v. impressed, but the one like best is Lucia’s first day in the snow, you can’t beat the little wrapped up small person with a pink nose – fab

  9. Mummy Mishaps aka Jenny Paulin - November 10, 2010

    Brrrr those photos make me feel cold! They are fab though! Snowy scenes ar so magical and beautiful with the sun sparkling on it! Great post :)

  10. Lesley Ann - November 10, 2010

    Wow, that hotel looks amazing!!

  11. Monkeying Around - November 11, 2010

    wow such amazing photo’s I have always want to stay in the ice hotel.

  12. Suzie @nowriggling - November 11, 2010

    Madness, complete madness! I feel cold just looking at these fab photos!

  13. Mummy's Little Monkey - November 13, 2010

    LOL! So the general consensus seems to be that I’m completely bonkers for swimming with icebergs, but if it’s any consolation you can’t feel the cold at all through those survival suits!!!!

    The Ice Hotel was AMAZING!!! The sculptures they carved in the ice are absolutely mind blowing. Every year it melts away, then it’s created all over again the next Winter, from scratch.

    Yes, that is a bed carved out of blocks of ice, but you sleep on reindeer skins, and tucked inside a heavy duty Arctic sleeping bag, so you really are pretty warm (although your face gets cold and you have to tie your hat on nice and tight to make sure it doesn’t fall off during the night).

    You actually sleep with your clothes underneath your sleeping bag, so they’re warmed by your body heat over night.

    Getting out of bed in the morning is a bit painful, but they wake you with a steaming cup of Lingonberry juice, and – trust me – you don’t muck about getting those layers back on!!!!

    Would recommend it to anyone – it’s definitely an experience to remember. xxx

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