- OK, so it’s winter and it’s really cold, but that’s no excuse not to rug yourself up and get out there. That’s what gloves and beanies were made for. Besides, while it may be cold and windy, that sun is still spectacular and warms you to your soul. Make the most of the cooler weather and try and do some of the things that get harder when it gets hotter. Note for those of you reading from the northern hemisphere, yes, we know it doesn’t get that cold here in Sydney, but we think it does, we’re like Goldilocks, as long as it’s not too cold or not too hot it’s juuuuust right, and that’s the way we like it
We’re at the point at our new place where it’s warmer to head outdoors during the day than stay inside, so here are my top 5 things to do on a cold but sunny winter’s day. This long weekend have a think about giving some a try…
1 Plant some vegetables. It’s probably not something you would normally associate with winter, but there are some great winter vegetable crops you can plant and enjoy in your hearty comfort food concoctions.
The Drama Queen’s snow pea crop is starting to power, though her broccoli is a little out of season, so they aren’t doing so well. Other vegetables you might want to try if you’re looking at some Sydney vegetable gardening, are carrots, parsnips and beetroot for root crops, broad beans, snow peas, Spinach and cabbage for the above ground types. If you’re looking for something a little more herbal, try parsley, oregano or chives.
Just try and make sure you keep their feet warm with a bit of organic mulch (try sugar cane mulch it’s a great re-use of a by-product) and that you give them plenty to drink, Sydney winters are normally dry.
2 Go for a walk. Winter is a great time to check out your local neighbourhood or try something a bit more adventurous. There are a few spectacular walks in Sydney, one of my favourites is the Spit to Manly, a little bit of bush, and it can end with a wine or two and a nice meal. The bonus of bush walking in winter is you don’t need to worry too much about snake spotting, they’re generally fast asleep.
Another of my favourite winter walking habits is playing tourist in your own city, and Sydney is a fantastic place to play tourist, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Opera House, Botanic Gardens and Art Gallery, you can’t beat that for a walking circuit! and if you’ve still got puff left, you can always walk across the bridge to Kirribilli and Luna Park.
3 Do some garden renovation – lets face it some of the hard stuff in the garden is hot work, and in summer it’s just not fun. Really, in winter it’s not much fun either, but if you can’t afford to get someone to do it for you, winter is the best time to do the tough jobs like re-mulching, pruning and building, then you’re all ready to enjoy what spring then summer have in store.
4 Share a wine in a sunny beer garden – So you’ve planted, walked, and put in the hard slog, me thinks it’s time for a reward. I love spending time with friends and family out in the sun, and partaking in a drop or two of good Aussie wine. Need I say more? Just head on down to your local, find a nice spot in the sun and have fun.
5 Go skiing. Oh how I miss our skiing holidays. Since the Drama Queen was born we haven’t managed to make our way down to the snow. Despite our pre children promises, it appears we have turned into those parents who stop doing some of the things they love when munchkins come on the scene. Every June long weekend, when the Australian ski season starts I get a little pang of longing, and then every October long weekend, a little pang of regret that we’ve missed another one. So if you’re heading down to the slopes this weekend for the season opening, I am soooo jealous! I can’t think of much better for a sunny chilly winter’s day than shooping down the slopes to stop for a hot chocolate and a chat. Really, I think I spent more time with the hot chocolate than I did with the snow…
I’ll definitely be doing number 4, how about you? Stay warm and have fun!