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Wintering the season


Wintering the season

Sami Muirhead firmly believes that: ‘Now is the winter of our content’, as we embrace comfort food, flannelette sheets and sexy old blokes.

Summer is my favourite season on the Sunshine Coast. But I do have a soft spot for winter. That’s because winter is all about what defines my weak spots: comfort food, cosy fabrics and couch resting for hours.

In summer, I feel guilty if I am not outside soaking up our supreme sunshine and beaches. But in winter, my guilt goes out the door with my thongs and togs and I am very happy to hibernate. Winter is the ultimate weather for warm cherry pies covered in cream, hot sticky date puddings topped with ice-cream, and pears stewing in the oven before swimming in red wine and cinnamon. Nothing tastes better than a bowl of chilli con carne with corn chips and sour cream. Eat this bowl of comfort food around a firepit or maybe opt for a hearty stew mopped up with fresh white bread.

This is living. Winter is also the best season for bringing out a prized possession: flannelette sheets. These are the unsung heroes of the season. If there was a fire in our house, I would save the kids and dogs and then the flanno sheets and photo albums. That is how high up the totem pole they are when it comes to hero worship.

And I am late to the party, but my recommendation for the cold nights is to watch Clarkson’s Farm on Netflix. Jeremy Clarkson, from Top Gear fame, hilariously captures his failures at farming a picturesque block of land in the Cotswolds in England. It is extremely funny viewing and good for the soul to see how hard our farmers work on the land.

Clarkson was just voted the United Kingdom’s Sexiest Man Alive for the second year in a row. He is weathered and 62 and beat Ryan Reynolds and Idris Elba to take out the top spot. That just proves funny is sexy. So, it is time to embrace winter and all the good things it brings: comfort food, sexy older blokes and flannelette sheets.

Wintering is a new concept that means we go to ground and embrace being home and comfort creatures. Katherine May, the author of the concept, says wintering is those times in life where we feel out in the cold. Perhaps someone we love has passed away or we have been fired from our job.

Going to ground mimics what nature does in winter to rest and restore life sources and heal in readiness for the sweet summer season around the corner.


Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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