Over 50s Lifestyle

What is Winter like where you live?

August 30, 2020
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I’ve been looking at Deb from Deb’s World weekly Sunday Stills posts. Terri from Second Wind Leisure hosts Sunday Stills each week with a prompt. So I thought I would give it a try. I’m not sure if this will be a weekly thing for me as I’m not a great photographer but if the prompt fits I’ll do it!


This week Sunday Stills is all about Winter with Cathy from Picture This, hosting for a few weeks while Terri is having a break.

Living in Queensland, Australia , Winter is one of the best times of the year. Mornings and evenings are crisp but the days are full of sunshine and perfect blue skies. I live on the Gold Coast near the ocean and am so grateful that I can still enjoy beautiful weather year-round. Of course, we always would like things we don’t have and I know that sometimes I would love to experience the cold and snow of Winter. We do have this in Australia but I remember last year my husband and I experienced snow for the first time in the Canadian Rockies – we were like kids in a candy store because it was such a novelty!

So today I’m sharing Winter at my place and also Winter from my travels.

This is Winter!

What is Winter like where you live?

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  • Reply Donna Connolly August 30, 2020 at 11:30

    Hey – those Canadian glacier shots weren’t even winter yet. That was still September (our Autumn). 😀
    Fortunately, for Canadians living in Vancouver or Vancouver Island, winters are fairly mild and are often tempered by days of brilliant blue skies and warm clear evenings. We tend to receivesonly a few snowfalls in the average winter, although the weather is typically quite rainy. Nearby mountains have snowy peaks from November to May.
    I been to Australia during your summer months. I’d love to visit in the winter as well.
    I’m so glad to see you joining Sunday Stills. Your photos are gorgeous!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2020 at 14:24

      I know I cheated a bit there! Winter here is glorious and it is still warm but without the humidity. I’m not a photographer but maybe Sunday Stills will encourage me to try. xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones August 30, 2020 at 13:14

    Sue, photos your of winter in Queensland make me very envious. I loved our winter in Canada also. Your post is such a coincidence. I also love Deb’s Sunday Stills so decided last week to join in with my pathetic photography skills. I’ve been out in the garden today and came in to publish my Sunday Stills and saw yours. Made me laugh a little. Great minds …..

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2020 at 14:20

      Hi Jen, great minds indeed! I’m not a photographer either but it might help me focus on it a bit more (no pun intended!). I will look out for your post too. x

  • Reply Debbie Harris August 30, 2020 at 13:24

    I’m so pleased to see you join in with Sunday Stills Sue and your photos are great! Thanks also for the mention and link to my post. I love your winter shots and like Jennifer, I’m envious of your Queensland winter. I’m so glad me managed to get up there to experience some of your mild wintry weather before the borders were shut again. I have to say today is a beautiful sporing day with some real warmth in the sunshine, so hopefully winter maybe on its way very soon!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2020 at 14:20

      Hi Deb I’m not a photographer and it may not be every week but you inspired me to give it a try. Spring is definitely in the air although it is chilly today (by Queensland’s standards of course LOL:) ) xx

  • Reply suzanne vosbikian August 31, 2020 at 00:42

    Sue, winter in South Florida is glorious! Right now, we are in the later part of summer and the heat is almost unbearable. Winter makes it all worthwhile though, as the temperatures will drop to 60’s and 70’s F. I love visiting places with snow, but am quite content to live in the sunshine. Great to see you link up with Teri’s challenge. Nice photos!

  • Reply Linda Hobden August 31, 2020 at 04:35

    Winter in the Blackwater estuary in Essex, England is often mild (5 – 15°C) & days are often sunny. Coldest & wettest time of the year is end January/February. Frosty on occasions but it rarely snows – last snowfall was 2010,2012 & 2018. September is often hot during the day & cold at night. Sometimes Foggy in November.

  • Reply Judith Pratt-Jefferies August 31, 2020 at 04:59

    Right now in the Dominican Republic the heat is intense but the ocean is only a 5 minute walk away, and our bedroom has an air conditioner so we survive. Winter is the best time of year here and the reason I moved here from the cold north of Canada many years ago. Love the idea of Sunday Stills so would like to contribute.

  • Reply Cathy August 31, 2020 at 06:35

    Lovely winter shots, Sue. Where we are now winter is usually wet and windy so I could use some of your cols crisp weather, for sure 🙂

    • Reply Cathy August 31, 2020 at 06:36


    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2020 at 05:21

      Thank you Cathy, I will send some of our winter weather over to you 🙂

  • Reply Erica/Erika September 1, 2020 at 12:14

    Sue, I always appreciate the photos you share on Instagram. A bright part of my day. The photos you share here are gorgeous! And then the Winter from your travels. I can relate to these more. A fun post.xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2020 at 05:20

      Thank you Erica! I do love the colder weather but not sure I could take it longer that a few weeks at a time. I’m very fortunate and grateful to live where I live. Have a beautiful weekend. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes September 3, 2020 at 22:25

    I love the contrasting photos, Sue. Both winters are beautiful, but I must say I would prefer the Gold Coast winter. Maybe that’s because I’ve lived with the cold, snowy winters all my life…and I am missing the ocean right now. We usually go on a beach vacation at least once each year, but of course, this year is different for everyone in terms of traveling. We did get a trip to Mazatlan in right before the shutdown, so I am grateful for that. Enjoy your beautiful scenery!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2020 at 05:19

      Yes we have very mild winters here, Christie and little rain so the skies are crisp blue with plenty of sunshine. I have travelled to colder climates in Winter and whilst it is a novelty to experience the colder weather and snow I’m sure the novelty wears off when you experience it year after year. I hope you can get to the beach in the not too distant future and sending you best wishes from Australia. x

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au September 5, 2020 at 22:48

    I love Aussie Winters – for every miserable rainy day, we have a glorious sunny one. No freezing temps, no snow drifts, we make almost no concessions to the change in season except to add a cardigan or coat! Snow looks pretty, but I’m happy to give it a miss. Loved your contrasting photos x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 6, 2020 at 06:39

      Yes I love Aussie Winters too Leanne although I always find the European winters make me feel alive. It is so cold and bracing.

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