Thursday, 27 February 2014

Great British Winter: a Bright Side

It is grey. It is wet. 
It is cold - 'freezing' would be more accurate. 
It is dark. It is unending.
It is the Great British Winter.

A Mum in London

Daylight

The facts: from November to February, 
there's light for an average of 8 hours per day 
(make them six in December). 

The gory details: it will be dark when you wake up at 8:00 am. 
It will be dark for the school run at 15:30 pm.
Vitamin D is valued as a precious commodity. 

The bright side: snoozing after 8:00 is the way to go;  
doctors say so. 
Your brain produces melatonin, a sleep hormone, 
to cope with the lack of sunshine. 

No need to rush out of bed, then.

A Mum in London

Temperature

The facts: the average temperature 
for the UK in winter is 3.5 °C.

The gory details: when it's dry, you freeze; 
when it's wet, you soak. 
Don't expect anything above 10°C, 
you'll be disappointed.

The bright side: it is a nice, festive climate 
to have around Christmas. 
Perfect for shopping & drinking gluhwein 
at the Christmas markets.

A Mum in London

Elements

The facts: rain, lots of it (winter 2013/14 was the wettest on record).
Wind and storms (it is an island after all).
Snow, mist & fog (picturesque, but annoying after two days).

The gory details: your umbrella will become your right hand, literally.
Tip: don't buy beautiful suede shoes, only wellies.

The bright side: those rare, much awaited days,
when the sun shines, which remind you
Spring is just around the corner.

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8 comments:

  1. You've summed it up perfectly! : )

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  2. So. Very. True. This is my first UK winter (Scotland) and the grey is killing me softly.

    That rare sunshine makes me dance though!

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    1. Hi, Alison! Oh, I imagine winter in Scotland must be harsher than in England :( Hang in there, the sun will shine eventually!

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  3. I used to really struggle in the winter until I bought one of those SAD therapy lights. It worked within days (sorry I don't mean to sound like I am selling something but seriously I was amazed at the results. I highly recommend them :-)

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    1. Hi Jenna, what a coincidence: I just read yesterday about those lights in Salma Hayek's interview, who said she is moving to London and bought those lights to cope with the lack of sunshine!

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  4. Aouch. I'm coming from a place similar, with more cold weather (lots of snowstorms) and I do not miss winter a bit. Vitamin D and sunlight are so essential, we realized it after moving to California. It has really positively affected our mood! If we have to move to a less sunny-ish place, I'd def buy those lights...

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    1. Haha, yes, the lights look good! You are lucky there in California, it's sunny all year round!
      All the best from London, Melanie :)

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