When does winter start?
I suppose that depends on your definition of winter. You know, what you consider cold enough to qualify as ‘winter weather’, or whether snow is a prerequisite for your definition of winter.
But I think it’s safe to say December is definitely a winter month in the Northern Hemisphere, wherever you are.
For me, it’s the diminishing daylight that signals the start of winter. At the moment we have about 6 hours of daylight: from about 9 am till just after 3 pm. Of course, come January, the days will start getting longer fast, but winter won’t be over until April…
And snow… Well, that comes and goes. As I’m writing this, it’s snowing. Just a bit: there is a thin layer of powdery white snow on everything. However, it will be gone by tomorrow morning, when this post goes live.
Anyway, it’s getting cold, so it’s time to get out the winter coats. Yes, I said coats, as in plural. Did I mention that winter lasts (at least) till April? There’s no way I could possibly get through winter with just one coat. Especially since you need a different coat for a 0ºC (= 32ºF) weather than for a -10ºC (= 14ºF) weather… In case you’re wondering, it was just above freezing when these pictures were taken.
I’m a bear
You know those tests asking you what animal you’d be? Well, as much as I would like to be one of those gracious, mysterious or gorgeous animals everyone in in awe of, there’s an animal that’s a better match to my personality. Yes, I would definitely be a bear.
Why? Well, for starters, I’m usually in a bad mood when I wake up… And because in winter, all I want to do is hibernate. Not literally, of course, but metaphorically. I find it very difficult to motivate myself into going out. I swear, if I didn’t have to go to work, I would just stay indoors till April…
I don’t like winter: I hate the cold, I hate the snow, and I especially hate the darkness. And yes, I know, I was born in Finland, and I should be used to all of the above. And I am. Used to it, I mean. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it. As far as I’m concerned, winter is just the long, tedious period between autumn and summer (I hate spring almost as much as I hate winter).
Besides, I’m a bear. I just want to hibernate (= slouch on the sofa doing nothing) when it’s too cold and dark.
Outfit details (all old):
down jacket: KappAhl / cashmere top: Jigsaw / trousers: Marks and Spencer /
bag: Coach / shoes: Nero Giardini / sunglasses: Prada
What animal would you be?
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