Secrets from the Southern Hemisphere

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.

Anton Chekhov

winter tree


One of the stressors around reading such beautiful blogs is the sheer amount of northern hemisphere content I consume. Every now and then I will let out a ‘hmph’ and go searching for a local Australian blog to devour. This is usually in the midst of a dim, foggy winter in Australia, when it seems like it is summer everywhere else in the world. I do follow a few local bloggers but I’ve noticed:

1  Blogging is just bigger in the US and UK, thus I follow more international blogs.

2  Melbournites tend to go on an Asian summer vacation in the middle of our winter (unhelpful for me if I don’t have a vacation imminent).

3  The UK is having a heatwave this year. The place I once lived and could depend on for mediocre summer temperatures is not following through as hoped.

The reality of ‘season pressure’

Of course, I do try and be savvy about the influx of summer posts. Often I’ll see beautiful Instagram beach shots and think ‘I wonder how hot it really is in San Francisco/NYC/London today’ and discover it’s around 21 degrees. Not really beach weather for me! 

I am lucky to live in a pretty mild climate but when surrounded by summer juice recipes, pool parties and fairy-lit BBQs, I can get a little jealous. I’ll start searching around for more relevant articles – how can I get through winter, how do I layer my button down shirts and how often should I exfoliate my lips?

I realise summer is a pressure unto itself. Hello Giggles illustrated this with an Instagram shot a few weeks back. This caption = pressure to me.

hello giggles.jpg


I know the chill of winter will come and go and with any luck an exciting summer lies ahead. Being consumed by this heaviness only takes away from the very things we’re looking for – enjoyment in life and a day/week/season full of sights, experiences and new memories – no matter the weather.

Do any of my Southern Hemisphere friends feel the same way? Or are any of you reading our blogs from the Northern Hemisphere during your winter?