GUEST POST: Winter is my favourite season for . . .

February 14, 2024

Hi there,

If you’ve read last week’s post you’d know that I’ve opened my blog to guest posts from bloggers who are known to me (only) for a short time while my life is a bit hectic. 

Denyse Whelan actually contacted me and offered to do a guest post for me before I even put the word out. 

So here is Denyse’s guest post below. You’ll find a bio at the end of her post that tells you a bit about her and where you can find her.

Enjoy, and thank you Denyse!

Ciao for now,

P.S. Happy Valentines Day! ❤️ Forget the romantic expectations for today. Instead, give yourself some love today, because you’re so worth it!


Five Birds flying on the sea – Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash

Winter Is My Favourite Season for . . .

. . . visiting the beach!

For Valentine’s Day today I am LOVING sharing about the beach!

I know it might not be the popular view, but I love visiting a beach on a winter’s day.

For over eight years we lived close to a few beaches on the east coast of New South Wales. They were located on the Central Coast.

It’s a long stretch of coastline north of Palm Beach, and as far as the beaches of Budgewoi and Birdie beach before they become part of the Newcastle Region.

I am not a fan of Summer…I am married to someone who prefers Summer. I tend to look for air-conditioned places to have a coffee, and our house has ducted air conditioning.

I loved the windswept seas and rock platforms to view the waves.

I also enjoyed getting down onto the sand, where access was available, to walk along the edge of the water.

And to make my footprints…blogger habit, take some images you might use!

Then I discovered after certain high tides in Winter, these amazing rocks and shells would land on the sand at Lakes Beach and I would revel in this making patterns!

In Covid restriction times, the access to the water, the sand and the views like this were invaluable. We lived about 20 minutes drive away.

I know it’s an example of opposites liking Winter over Summer, but these photos (see below) tell the story for me.

What about you?

Do you love a Summer time beach, or one in winter or none at all?

“Sand” is messy! I understand that too.


I was a blogger in Australia for many years and have become known to Min, here at Write of the Middle, and many other bloggers via my social connections which included running a weekly link up for years.

When I decided to retire my blog, because of a certain staleness I felt, and that my website and hosting were about to change, I knew the blog link up was going to leave a gap for connections.

And that’s when Min contacted me about starting a link up for Wednesdays and I was very happy to support that.

Even more fortuitous for me, however, was that when I began my Substack as a means of writing and sharing, I found I could link up again, and that’s what I do now.

I offered to write a guest post for Min and the above is what I came up with.

It’s Valentine’s Day…and my post is about my LOVE of the Beach in Winter!

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  • Reply Sue from Women Living Well After 50 February 14, 2024 at 5:51 am

    Hi Denyse, I love the winterscape of the beach and the ocean. The grey overhanging skies and the grey water with the white caps of the waves. My husband is not really a beach person but I love long walks along the beach especially rugged up in Winter against the wind. It might be cold but so refreshing. Love your photos and with no one around you had the beach all to yourself. A lovely guest post, Denyse for Min’s #WWandWhimsy. Thanks for the link up Min and sending hugs.

    • Reply Denyse J Whelan February 14, 2024 at 7:49 am

      Thanks so much Sue. Contrasting my visit to a beach in Summer this week to those memories of ones I saw over winter back on the coast, I recalled exactly what I loved about that…as you said, the alone factor and the weather too. It’s bracing but so enriching to our body and soul.

    • Reply Min February 15, 2024 at 9:43 am

      Hi Sue – I love the beach in all seasons! My favourite time on the beach during summer is early mornings and late afternoons and in winter the same but also lovely during the day! I mostly enjoy long walks along the water’s edge these days but also enjoy just plonking myself down in a cool spot (no longer am I a sun worshipper) to just soak it all in. Best time is sunrise and sunset!! Thanks for the hugs – gratefully received! xo

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee February 14, 2024 at 6:28 am

    I love the beach all the time but I do also like it in Winter. It’s funny, there’s some sort of bonus remote feeling because all the people are gone…Just gorgeous part of the world tho, the sand and water….

    • Reply Denyse J Whelan February 14, 2024 at 7:50 am

      I miss the beaches of the coast where I was often alone but appreciate that a Sydney beach is within reach when I want that fix of the sea. The sand, not so much!


    • Reply Min February 15, 2024 at 9:43 am

      Hi Lydia, I agree. I long looooong secluded beaches. Just heaven! xo

  • Reply Christie Hawkes February 14, 2024 at 7:00 am

    Thanks, Min, for sharing Denyse’s post with us, and of course, thank you to Denyse for sharing these beautiful beach photos. I love the beach any season. Since I live in a desert, and there are no beaches close by, it’s always a treat to take a beach vacation. #WWWhimsy

    • Reply Denyse J Whelan February 14, 2024 at 7:52 am

      Nothing like the contrast for you, of where you live to where you can have some pretty spectacular scenery where you are for sure.
      Warm wishes sent as Winter begins to shake off its mantle where you are!


    • Reply Min February 15, 2024 at 9:45 am

      Hi Christie – I’ve always loved the beach at any time of year. When I was young I used to lie there for hours and tan (I know I’ll pay for it). Nowadays I prefer early morning and late afternoons – for a long walk along the water’s edge but of course in winter here we can go anytime of day but need sun protection still during the day. xo

  • Reply Debbie Harris February 14, 2024 at 9:05 am

    Hi Denyse and Min, how lovely to see you here Denyse -you are such a kind generous person! I’m a fan of the beach at anytime of the year and really appreciate it now that we live over 5 hours drive away from the closest beach. A lovely collection of photos and words!

    • Reply Denyse Whelan February 14, 2024 at 6:07 pm

      Yes to missing the beach…I have been missing easy access but appreciate being back in Sydney more. Thanks so much for your kind words Deb.

    • Reply Min February 15, 2024 at 9:46 am

      Hi Deb, I love the beach sooooo much. I’m not the sun worshipper I used to be in my youth (I with I’d known better) now but I adore long walks in the early mornings and late afternoon and to just plonk down somewhere and soak it all up. xo

  • Reply Denyse J Whelan February 14, 2024 at 2:57 pm

    Yes to missing the beach…I have been missing easy access but appreciate being back in Sydney more. Thanks so much for your kind words Deb.


  • Reply sherry February 14, 2024 at 5:47 pm

    not a huge beach fan but esp. in summer! too much sun and sand for me 🙂 But I do love walking on a lonely beach in winter with no one else around!

    • Reply Min February 15, 2024 at 9:48 am

      Hi Sherry – I can’t handle the beach in the middle of the day during summer anymore. I love it though in the early mornings and late afternoons – particularly around sunrise and sunset – it’s magical! The beach in winter has its own kind of magic too – a nice warm spot to sit down and soak it all up works wonders for the soul. I love winter sunshine (but still need skin protection). xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan February 14, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    I get that Sherry! I visited Manly NSW beach on Monday and it was sunny and very busy on the sand and in the water, I prefer a quieter walk! Denyse

  • Reply Janet February 14, 2024 at 10:00 pm

    Denyse, I love the beach in winter too – in fact in all weathers. We went on a beach walk last weekend and it ended up pouring but we were having too much fun beach combing to go home, even though we got soaked (despite our umbrellas)!

    • Reply Denyse Whelan February 15, 2024 at 9:45 am

      Sounds like the whole sensory thing happened on the beach walk and those memories made are priceless! Lovely story Janet.

    • Reply Min February 15, 2024 at 9:56 am

      I love the beach in all seasons too Janet – though I avoid going on a beach in the middle of the day during summer nowadays – ouchy burny hot sand and my skin sizzles! Love my early morning and late afternoon walks and love to just plonk myself comfy and soak it all up and/or read a book. Love the ocean sounds, the breezes – the lot! xo

  • Reply Natasha Mairs February 15, 2024 at 5:51 am

    I’m in the UK, so Summer is m y favourite season. Thanks for hosting again x

    • Reply Denyse Whelan February 15, 2024 at 9:46 am

      Thanks for sharing your fave season for the beach Natasha!


    • Reply Min February 15, 2024 at 9:57 am

      Hi Natasha – I can understand that. Our winters here are VERY mild compared to yours. They are generally (apart from a week here or there) beautiful warm sunny days and cool mornings and evenings! xo

  • Reply Joanne February 15, 2024 at 6:41 am

    I love the beach pretty much all the time but do prefer visiting in the “off” season (though not full on winter since then I’d have to deal with traipsing through snow as well) but fall and spring on the beach when it’s nice and quiet and empty is just wonderful!

    • Reply Denyse Whelan February 15, 2024 at 9:47 am

      I agree Joanne. Last Monday my beach excursion to Manly in summer was nice but oh so crowded. I think I prefer an ‘off season’ too.

    • Reply Min February 15, 2024 at 9:58 am

      Hi Joanne, I prefer “off” season too – mainly NOT school holidays. The beaches are too crowded for me at those times. I love the beach in all seasons – mainly for long walks along the water’s edge – love to get my feet wet no matter what time of year! xo

  • Reply Jennifer Jones February 15, 2024 at 9:18 am

    I also love the beach in winter Denyse. Actually we never go there in summer – crowds, noise, sunburn, flies etc. I love walking along the beach in winter and enjoyed reading your description. Min and Denyse, I didn’t link up yesterday as I spent the day in hospital having dental surgery. Nothing serious, and feeling well today. Great guest post Denyse.

    • Reply Denyse Whelan February 15, 2024 at 9:48 am

      Oh my, a day in hospital and teeth involved…I feel for you! I am glad to know you are doing well. And I admit my recent excursion to Manly, even on a weekday, was crowded. I also did choose a tourist hot spot! Thanks for your kind words, Jen.


    • Reply Min February 15, 2024 at 10:02 am

      Hi Jen – we’re lucky here in Australia because our winters are so mild that they’re such comfortable weather (particularly here in Qld). I love winter sunshine! In summer I only ever go to the beach early mornings and late afternoons for long walks along the waters edge. I avoid the beach in the middle of the day in summer cos too hot, sand burns your feet, too crowded and noisy and not my cup of tea! Glad you’re feeling well today after your dental surgery! xo

  • Reply Min February 15, 2024 at 10:08 am

    Hi Denyse, thanks so much for offering to do a guest post for me. Love your photos and agree that the beach in winter is just awesome! No hot sand, no sizzling hot sun (though still need skin protection). I’ve actually just booked 4 nights for myself and hubby at Stradbroke Island in March (after we’ve handed over the house to the stylist & agent) because I crave walks along a beach and I wanted somewhere quiet with a big long stretch of mostly abandoned beach and Straddie provides that … and because I desperately need to restore and de-stress and nature always helps me with that. I hope the 4 night getaway will work some magic on me because I’m very worn down right now. Thanks so much for helping out to keep #WWWhimsy going while life is so hectic for me! xo

    • Reply Denyse Whelan February 15, 2024 at 5:56 pm

      PERFECT Min, so glad you have something like this to look forward to…and it will be so refreshing and bring back what you need in life. The last weeks and months have been incredibly wearing on you in particular.

      Glad I could help out. and sending all the best wishes to a quick home sale because you don’t want anything else to drag on. Sigh!

      Take care,

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid February 16, 2024 at 5:45 pm

    I also love the beach in winter, even in the UK! I am not a fan of intense heat so I’d always choose winter over summer although spring and autumn are my favourite seasons. I love a good walk along the beach, listening to the waves – I find a good dose of vitamin sea is most restorative!

    • Reply Min February 19, 2024 at 10:34 am

      I choose winter over summer too Sammie! I prefer cooler weather. You can always rug up and I love cosy fireplaces and getting warm under the doona etc. I do love winter sun though – it’s gorgeous over here. I love lying out in winter sun reading a book and even better – reading that book on a beach! My favourite seasons are Spring, Autumn and Winter. I know some people think that’s weird but our summers are too harsh and sweaty and blah for me! xo

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