In the UK, the 21st December is the shortest day of the year – the ‘winter solstice’.
In Hastings, East Sussex – beside the sea and looking out about 40 miles across the channel to the northern beaches of France – the sun rises at 07.58 and sets at 15.54.
Every day the sun will set exactly one minute later, ‘come rain or shine’ as Sinatra once sang. However sunrise works at a much slower pace increasing (not decreasing yet) by one minute every few days.
In the first week there is no noticeable difference, but you are happy in the knowledge that ‘the days are getting longer.’ What a great relief!
Naturally the sunset and the sunrise do not determine the weather conditions – these are a whole other phenomenon.
So whatever you are doing – indoors or out – you’ll be gaining priceless light minutes in which to do it, which will add up along the way…!
‘As the blinding shadows fall,
As the rays diminish,
Under the evening’s cloak, they all
Roll away and vanish.’
From ‘Night And Day’ by R.L.Stevenson
‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light…’
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