Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun -Favorite Winter Activity growing up

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  This week the mission was:

1)  Winter arrives this month all over the northern hemisphere, and the daily routines of work, education and play change along with the seasons.  

2)  What were your favorite winter activities when you were a child and teenager and young adult?

3)  Share your memories on your own blog post, in a Facebook post, or in a comment on this post.  Please leave a link as a comment on this post if you write your own blog post so that everyone can read all about it.

Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting this topic.

Winter in Melbourne usually means rain.  There are mountains on the eastern outskirts of Melbourne, and those suburbs usually get a little bit of snow over winter, but where I was growing up at Mitcham, we only had snow a couple of times.  It was only a light layer over the ground, and it didn’t take long for the snow to melt.

When I was older, I went on a couple of trips to the snow with the church group, mostly to Lake Mountain. The snow there wasn’t thick enough for skiing.  One year we went to Falls Creek, which was the only time I ever tried skiing.

Winter in Australia is in June, July and August, so winter isn’t associated with Christmas here.  It also doesn’t make that much difference to the daily routine, except it gets darker earlier, and it rains more often, and it is often foggy in the mornings and at night.  The main difference is that we can’t do as many outdoor activities as in the warmer months.  We also didn’t have any holidays over the winter months (when I was growing up, there were 2 weeks school holidays around Easter, 2 weeks at the end of September, and then 8 weeks for the Christmas/summer holidays).

We played netball during the colder months, from about April to October.  Winter gave me more time for reading, because I wasn’t outside as much.  When I was in high school, I loved ice skating, but that was all year round at the ice skating rink in Ringwood. Since I did these activities for more than just winter, I never really had a favourite winter activity.