It’s Winter-time In My City

While the season officially began at the start of June, winter felt like it hadn’t actually properly arrived until last week. I was a little unprepared for it to be honest, so was caught out in cold temperatures without a winter coat to keep me warm. Not that winter ever gets all that cold in Brisbane, but still … it’s cool enough to need a coat.

Four Seasons (winter plate) by Rob Ryan

The days feel a little cooler than I remember them getting here before, not that I’m complaining … I’m a cool weather girl through and through. I think the only downside to winter is having to get out of bed in the morning and head into work … honestly, I’d be so much more productive at home, wrapped up in layers of warm blankets, with a hot coffee by my side. Well perhaps ‘productive’ isn’t quite the right word, but you know what I mean!

Being a lover of unique seasonal qualities and the pleasant feeling of organisation gained by the formulation of a structured list, I hope you’ll indulge me as I share five things I love about the winter months. So here they are (in no particular order):

  1. Being able to wear tights, cardigans, coats, and long boots … sometimes all at once.
  2. Enjoying comfort at the table in the form of pies, baked chocolate treats and a warm cup of cider.
  3. Partaking in real conversations that stretch well into the night (best when accompanied by the goodies mentioned above).
  4. Furry friends always being close at hand and ready with a warming cuddle.
  5. Rosy cheeks gained through the pursuit of outdoor activities like a brisk walk or riding a bicycle into the wind.

I know not all of you are cool weather lovers, or even experiencing winter at the moment … but perhaps you’d like to share something you’re loving about whatever season is currently paying you a visit?

PS. The image I’ve included above is the ‘winter’ plate from my Rob Ryan Four Seasons Plate Set. Isn’t it lovely? This seemed to me a wonderfully practical (and affordable) way to include a little of his art in my life.


  1. Gracey

    I spent the day at the beach, as summer is approaching here…..but my favorite season is fall….I live in an area of the country known for it’s fall foliage…the leaves turn all sorts of beautiful autumny colors…my favorites being the deep reds and oranges…I also like to bundle up more, but not be so cold I need gloves, but I like the brisk, chilly weather to wear hats and boots…I love boots and hats!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gracey – A day at the beach sounds rather wonderful … I think I would have to agree with you on your favourite season. There is something quite perfect about autumn, especially if you live in a place where the leaves change colour … it’s stunning.

      In Australia it never gets all that cold, so rugging up here is a very different thing to much colder parts of the world. Boots and hats are wonderful – winter truly has the best fashions! 🙂

  2. hila

    for me, the best thing about winter is finally feeling like my body can breath, it’s like a huge relief. That and of course, lying by the fireplace 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Yes indeed, there does seem more time to ‘just be’ and ‘breathe’ in the moment at this time of year. As for lying by the fireplace?? Well, I’m completely jealous that you’re able to do that! 😉

  3. Kristi

    i have never been a cold weather person especially after living on an island for thirteen years, but i am actually really enjoying the change of emotions and activities that come with the changing of the seasons. so i hear ya…tall boots and tights. love it.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kristi – We all seem to have our favourite seasons, but I think you’ve hit upon a wonderful point … it’s an appreciation of the difference between the seasons which makes each of them special in their own way. I miss living in a more southerly state where the seasons were better defined than here in Brisbane.

  4. woolf

    so, okay, wait a minute. you own a rob ryan set?
    cool, oooooh, rather envious here…. but i do love his work.
    i also loved the shop, when i visited.
    much like you i am a wintery person, or rather autumn. dry and cold will do me fine. layers, bring them on. can’t hardly wait for it to happen again too…
    btw, thanks for all your sweet replies. sometimes i just want to answer straight back, but there’s only going thrugh your website, isn’t there?
    anyway, have a good, wintery, warm cuppy, fluffy kinda sunday night!!!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Ha, I do indeed own a set of Rob Ryan plates (which are far less expensive than his beautiful original art works). The four plates only cost about $45 from memory … definitely an investment and a wonderful way to include some art in the kitchen cupboard. 🙂

      I love layering up in cool weather … the only trouble is I like keeping to my own agenda, having to rug up for work is rather inconvenient! Haha! 😉

      PS. You’re very welcome about my replies … I love these online conversations we all partake in, even if they happen over a long period of time. I’ve been very much enjoying the cool weather of late, so thanks for your well wishes in that regard. xx

  5. Monica {bohemian twilight}

    ah, you’re in Brisbane. On my list of places to visit. Grew up in Sydney and had planned to make my way all the way ’round the country but never did… went to UK instead. 🙂

    Anyway, I’m a cold weather girl, or more accurately, Autumn. I like crisp cool breezes but less so torrential rains or dampness day after day. Nothing I love better than curling up with a good book, with blanket or open fire, while the rain beats a rhythm on the gutters.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Monica – Yes, Brisbane is my home town and current location … though sometimes I feel that need to explore further afield. How wonderful that you went to the UK … there is much richness to explore in those parts. 🙂

      I love autumn too … it’s a magic time of year. It seems to capture the very best of all the seasons together … you’re completely right – it’s perfect for curling up with a book while the cool weather carries on outside.

  6. Sweta

    Hello Tracey,
    I write to you from India. For us over here, the arrival of monsoons finally gave some respite after the scorching heat of the last three summer months. Like you, I winters are my favorite. But as of this moment the rains are also equally welcome.
    What do I like most about this season? The fact that I can sit by my window sipping cups of tea and watching the rain.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sweta – Thanks for your lovely visit and comment. 🙂
      I’m sure the monsoons much bring you much relief in India … I can imagine how hot it gets for you in summer.
      I love rain myself, especially if like you, I can watch it fall through a window while I’m all snug and dry inside. 🙂

  7. Michelle

    I don’t think England knows what season it is. March and April had no rain and lovely hot weather and the last few weeks have been like April showers and a bit chilly. Yesterday we left the house in sunshine and just as we left our Italian lessons the skies opened up and we got soaked through, even though I had an umbrella. We sought cover in a bus shelter and after waiting 15 minutes for the bus which didn’t seem to be coming we decided to walk because the sun was out again! I still had sandles on though. My favourite part of summer is giving my toes fresh air.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Michelle – There seems to be a bit of that confused weather going on around the place … I know our temperatures have been a bit all over the place this year. It can make it difficult to know what kind of season to prepare for when you leave the house.

      Ah yes, you’re right about the delight of ‘giving your toes fresh air’ in summer … that’s a perfect way of putting it! 🙂

  8. Chartreuse

    I’m not far from you – on the Sunshine Coast. And I’ve spent the past week sprucing up my outdoor living areas now that the interminable rain has finally stopped. The house’s light green paintwork and the verandahs’ white posts and rafters have all been professionally and beautifully washed and the tiled verandahs given high-pressure hosing to get rid of mould. Then this weekend I vacuumed and/or washed all the outdoor furniture (and asked myself: why does one couple need 5 tables and 22 chairs? Answer: the sun moves around during the day, and so do we). One of the incentives for this autumn clean-up? My sister from Tassie arrives this week and I haven’t seen her for almost 5 years. I look forward to long, lazy breakfasts out on the northern terrace, moving seamlessly into lunch on the western side – while she soaks up some Qld sunshine and we catch up on sisterly things.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Chartreuse – Well done on sorting out your outdoor living areas … mine are still a bit of a mess to be honest, so that’s one thing that’s still on my to-do list. It sounds like you’ve done an amazing job at cleaning things up and getting everything looking it’s very best.

      How lovely that you have your sister visiting, there’s nothing like the prospect of a house guest to give further motivation to your cleaning! 🙂 … I hope you have a wonderful time together and that the winter weather treats you both well.

  9. Sam

    Three cheers for all the wintery activities you’ve mentioned here! I think at the end of the day I am a winter person as you can just have so much more fun in cool/ cold crisp weather than in muggy, hot weather. …and I absolutely love that Rob Ryan plate – I actually saw a set of them in the weekend mag today and made a mental note that it wold be a good blog post! You beat me to it!! :0) Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sam – It’s a lovely time of year, especially when the sky is blue and the days are crispy cool.
      The Rob Ryan plates are a lovely set … I just couldn’t resist making them my own, and they come beautifully boxed too). Thanks for your weekend wishes … things have been busy lately, but I’m doing my best to keep my head above water. I hope your weekend was wonderful! 🙂

  10. sofia

    weather here around europe has been a bit crazy for last couple of months, we had no spring (too hot and no rain) and now I guess we will have no summer (too cold and too much rain). I do prefer winter but my favorite season must be fall, all the colors, and all the scents (fireplace smoke, humid soil, roasted chestnuts) but there’s one thing I love about summer is to be able to finally eat my favorite fruit which is watermelon, from now until september I’ll eat half watermelon a day 🙂
    I think that we (humains) should adjust our lifes and jobs according to seasons whenever it’s possible, I completely agree with you about staying at home I’m sure that it could contribute at least to erase some people’s bad temper and that would be wonderful for those who have to suffer from it 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sofia – How strange that the weather has been so all over the place for you in the past few months … I know our weather patterns have been a bit mixed up this year too. It seems that a lot of us nominate autumn as our favourite season, it’s certainly my favourite too (closely followed by winter). While I often complain about the heat and humidity of summer, it does have it’s charm … especially with the range of fruit that’s available. Watermelon is delicious – it’s so refreshing! 🙂

      I have also often thought that we should all live our lives better in tune with the season and changes of weather … if it rains, we should all just be able to stay home … and when it’s sunny we should all just go to the beach! Haha, just kidding! 😉

  11. Signe

    I think every season has its charm! I love summer and sunbathing and collecting freckles, love the autumn with its storms and bright colors, love the winter and the darkness that comes with it and the aurora borealis, and I love the spring with its first flowers and the return of the sun 🙂


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Signe – Indeed, every season has unique charm … I suppose I just gravitate towards the cooler end of the spectrum! 🙂

      I find the summers where I live just a bit too hot and humid for my taste … but the other two seasons make up for it! 🙂
      But in saying that I do rather love spring … there’s something fresh about seeing all the flowers come into bloom and awaken after the cold of the past few months.

  12. Mel

    I love Rob Ryan 🙂

    I love snuggly clothes and comforting food in the winter – and the way our summer’s looking at the moment I’ll be enjoying them through summer, too!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Rob Ryan’s art is always very special … apart from the set of plates there are also very sweet sets of matching cups as well … somehow I resisted those! 🙂

      It seems that everyone’s weather is a little out of season this year … who knows what we’ll get next? 🙂

  13. Debby

    I feel sorry for my brother-in-law whose visiting at the moment. He left Iran where it was snowing in early spring to visit Denmark where it was cold and wet and now that he’s in England and our very hot early spring has turned quite wet…he’s dying for some sunshine. On the other hand I have been loving the late spring showers that we’ve been having. They make all the foliage lovely dark green. I miss the rain and it’s been helping water all my little vegetable plants that may otherwise have been quite neglected. Fortunately the showers have been interspersed with sunny days with blue skies with little white clouds floating about. Summer begins in two days…I wonder what kind of weather that will bring for us.

    Fortunately I like most kinds of weather except those really grey days that don’t do very much…dappled sunny days, frosty wrapping up days, snowy or rainy…as long as I’m dressed appropriately.

    I love your Rob Ryan plate by the way Tracey I really admire his work and wish I’d thought of doing it first!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – Oh that’s no good for your poor brother-in-law who is just after some lovely sunshine … hopefully it showed itself before too long?

      Like you, I love the rain … it makes everything (not just the garden) feel fresh and bright again. It’s wonderful too if you can get the mix of rain showers and sunshine – a delightful combination so long as you remember your umbrella! 😉
      I wonder how the start of your summer has treated you?

      I’m like you, so long as I’m dressed appropriately for the weather … none of it’s all that bad.

      PS. You should pick yourself up a set of the Rob Ryan plates too … they’re not as $$ as his beautiful original artworks.

  14. Krystal/Village

    i think i am happy with any season as long as i get four of them. i especially love being cozy so winter is a good one! enjoy it!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – Haha, that’s a great way of putting it! I think having four different seasons is definitely the best way to appreciate each of them … we sometimes have too much of the summer and not enough definition between the others, but for now in winter I’m very happy! 🙂

  15. Gabrielle Bryden

    That is a lovely plate. I too love winter, especially as I do get to work from home 😉 I sleep better in the cold weather (love the feel of blankets and doonahs), I love the rosy glow of the skin and my hair is straighter (less humidy) which is a bonus.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I love Rob Ryan’s work … and I snapped up a set of his plates as soon as I found them.
      Winter is wonderful, and the more time spent at home in the season, the better. 🙂
      I sleep better in cold weather too … there’s something so comforting about all those warm layers … in summer there’s just no escaping those really hot and humid nights …

  16. Erika Lee Sears

    I just love fall- and it’s soup weather! 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Autumn and winter are THE BEST! All those lovely warm clothes and comforting meals! 🙂

  17. danica

    oh tracey, you had me at the mention of pie!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Danica – Haha, you’re like me … it doesn’t take much to pique the interest of my sweet tooth! 😉

  18. Meagan

    Oh how I do not envy you right now. I’m so thankful to have the heat here, we deserved it after the brutal winter we had that included a blizzard with 2 feet of snow + 40-80 mph winds! Sheesh. Bring on the dog days of summer for me!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Meagan – Oh gosh, your winter sounds absolutely awful!! No wonder you’re relishing the heat in your part of the world. It’s all about balance in the seasons I think, they all just need to work together to bring the very best of what they offer! 🙂

  19. Camila F.

    I thought I wasn’t a huge winter fan, but reading your reasons to love the cold weather makes me realize that I truly am!
    #1 and #2 are simply perfect!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – It’s a lovely time of year … it’s funny, I’m not much of a summer lover, but when someone shares the things they love about the seasons I can’t help but agree (and come to the realisation that summer’s not all that bad).

  20. nicole

    i was so thrilled to see that image of rob ryan’s plates on your site! i’ve been such a fan of his paper work for some time now, and his imagery and precision never cease to amaze me. you’re lucky to have those gorgeous plates 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Nicole – They are beautiful plates, I do indeed feel lucky to have them a part of my life. Rob Ryan’s work always brings a smile to my face or touches my heart. 🙂

  21. Selma

    That plate is absolutely gorgeous. I would be pleased as punch with it. I agree that winter contains a lot of joys. My favourite thing about winter is how the light changes. There is a freshness and zest to it as if someone has wiped the smudges off a window and the sky seems more vibrant on a sunny day without all that hazy heat of summer. Makes for good walks and fun in the garden.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – I’m glad you like the plate … Rob Ryan has long been one of my favourite artists! 🙂
      You’re completely right about that beautiful changing light in winter … gosh we’re lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful natural phenomena, even when it’s as simple as the changing of a season. 🙂

      It’s a wonderful time of year to be outdoors in the garden or hiking up a green mountain … there’s something equally delightful about the indoors and outdoors in winter-time.

  22. primoeza

    you never think of it being cold in qld but i hear it does get very chilly especially at night. we’ve been having very cold weather in melbourne. i just ate a huge toblerone with the justification i need calories to keep warm 😉

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Elizabeth – I know, it seems a strange concept that Queensland gets cold at all … but I think it’s probably something we’ve brought upon ourselves. Our houses are generally built for the heat, but are not so well insulated against the cold winter nights. Still, it’s lovely to rug up! 🙂

      Oh my, a huge toblerone sounds delightful … haha, I can always justify my chocolate intake – the need for warmth is one of my favourite reasons! 🙂

  23. Christine Clemmensen

    Hi Tracey 🙂 I love your list of favourite cold-weather-likes, and would like to add: knitting in the corner of couch, preferably completely rolled up in a corner (me, not knit-kit ;o}), reading. And slow-food simmering on stove – smelling wonderful…
    I can’t stop … Being a cold-weather person too 🙂
    Gorgeous plate too. And hope you have your coat by now 🙂 …and oh yeah – you won the giveaway :-)))

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – Your cold weather likes are so charming … knitting on the couch while all toasty and warm is certainly a delight. And yes, that slow simmering food is hard to beat … especially when the warming fragrance travels throughout the entire house. 🙂

      I do have my coat all ready to go now … I’ve been sorting my wardrobe for quite a while, so it’s good to get all the things that I need front and centre.

      OH MY!! I won the giveaway!?!?!?! That’s fantastic news!! WOOO HOOOO!! 😀
      (can you tell I’m excited?) Haha! 😉

  24. bobbi

    yes the plate is wonderful!
    The thing I love more about summer is…everything!! most of all longer days and swimming at the lake , or staying all day in the garden when I’m not at the shop.
    I just adore summer, but there is something I like in every season, winter included. Hot supper, or hot showers, for example. My other favorite is not feeling guilty if I stay all day on the couch, reading or watching a movie. There is something to love in every season, but I am a summer girl.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – It’s a lovely plate … apart from the wonderful art, I’m always a fan of blue and white together. 🙂
      I know you’re such a summer-lover Bobbi … you can take the warm seasons and I’ll take the cool … Haha!
      I agree that the longer days of summer are wonderful, you can get so much more done in the daylight hours … the rapid closing in of night during winter is probably my least favourite thing about it.

      Yes, winter offers the perfect excuse for staying in and just lazing about the place a bit … I definitely think there’s something fantastic about that! 🙂

  25. Caz

    We’ve just returned from a wintry weekend break in Daylesford. All rugges up and rosy-cheeked we alternated outdoor activities with lots of delicious foodie experiences – it was heavenly. We also dropped into the Lark store where we saw lots of Rob Ryan things on display.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – How lovely … I’m sure Daylesford was a lovely place to spend a few days. 🙂
      Winter is perfect for indulging in lots of outside time as well as all the tasty treats of the season … sounds magical to me … and how wonderful you were able to drop in on the Lark store and see all the lovely Rob Ryan delights. I spend a lot of time browsing Lark online, but in person I’m sure it’s even more charming. 🙂

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