Winter hibernation or cool with the cold?

Winter hibernation or cool with the cold, what do you prefer?


Yesterday’s blue sky came as a big shock. After a seemingly endless winter of grey skies, Thursday almost felt like summer had arrived early.

Of course, within a couple of hours we were back to the usual grey and, come nightfall, a familiar wintery chill crept into the apartment, forcing me to turn on the radiator and accept that spring has not yet fully sprung in Ireland.

The brief brush with warmth got me thinking*.

I had my first al fresco meal in months yesterday. My sister and dad sat outside a local restaurant, coats still on as we sat in the shade, feeling triumphant that we weren’t cold.

It was a typical Irish move; the first hint of sun and we all tend to leg it outside, eating and drinking and likely getting sunburnt because we all know the rain could appear at any moment.

That’s what we do in the land where a summer consist of a week in April, but it made me realise that soon it really will be spring, and then summer. Once that happens, staying inside can come with niggling guilt.

Weekend - Brunch, Fashionshoot

When got in touch to ask the question, Do you prefer to go out or stay in in the winter months? I wasn’t 100 percent sure of my answer at first. I knew I love cosy nights in, but I also love wrapping up and strolling in the crisp winter darkness, with Christmas lights everywhere.

After yesterday’s brief brush with spring, I realise just how much I appreciate how winter is the perfect excuse for a little hibernation! Now is the perfect time to make the most of the remaining wintery days and cold nights. Because, as much as I love the summer, drinking wine on sunny patios, eating breakfast outside and spending afternoons in the park, I also really love staying in in, watching hours of Netflix, or spending the day in my pyjamas catching up on blogging with endless cups of coffee!

How about you? 

 * This post is brought to you by Chill. As always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own! 

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  1. LisaFavre
    March 10, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    I am totally the type of gal to hibernate all winter long. I really don’t enjoy the cold and find every excuse to take a hot shower whenever I can. But I can’t deny that warm blankets and thick socks are the best parts of winter.

  2. March 10, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I need WARM weather. I do not mind a nice cool breeze BUT I can’t handle the freezing cold. I have skin conditions which add to my discomfort that are worse in the winter. While I love seeing a snowy hillside – I prefer to view one from a warm cabin with a hot cocoa in my hands.

  3. March 11, 2017 / 5:40 am

    We moved to southern California almost two years ago and there is no winter here… No snow anyway. I miss the snow and your pictures remind me of the winters we spent on the east coast. I love fluffy snow… Just do not like shoveling the driveways!

  4. March 12, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    First – I LOVE your mug! I am one of those people who prefers to hibernate for sure. I don’t do cold and inside by the first is my preferred placement when the wind chill rises and the temperature drops.

  5. March 13, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    I’d rather hibernate, lol! I hate the cold! My husband is from an island in Italy so he HATES the winter even more than I do!

  6. adriana
    March 13, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    I’m always pretty excited about winter at first – and I always pray for a white Christmas! However now that we’re into March and expecting 2 feet of snow tomorrow in New York, I’m dreading it haha! I cannot wait for spring – we’ve had some 70+ degree days already so this storm is unexpected and crazy – and I can’t wait for it to be over! 😛

  7. April 5, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I am not sure I can stand the cold in winter but those pearly whites are sure hard to pass up so I will definitely go out to enjoy the snow even when I freeze! ^_^

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