Tuesday 22 December 2015

Winter Light

You know it's winter when you leave home for work in the dark and get home in the dark.

You know it's really winter when you leave home in the dark, travel to London and when you arrive it's still not light.

Twilight comes early and rather quickly at this time of year, but the good new is, from 04.48GMT on 22nd December, the winter solstice, the shortest day in the northern hemisphere which marks the first day of winter,  the nights start drawing out and summer's on the way.


  1. Certainly looks bleak in the photo - and my daughter who is living in the UK tells me it's very cold - But, nothing exists if I doesn't have an opposite to define it!!

  2. hmm - warmest winter for years, 13 degrees today, but overcast wet and generally miserable - not condusive to getting out and about

  3. Perhaps 'bleak' isn't quite the correct word. I grew up in Christchurch in the South Island of NZ and the winters there were quite challenging but I actually loved them. Winter was a time for hunkering down in front of a good fire and the wind, rain and storms added a bit of spice to the annual rhythm of life. Many winter days began with a very hard frost that was followed by a sharp crisp day with a winter sun. I miss those contrasts here in Northland.


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