Sigh… I have to admit that I really don’t like having to get up in the dark, which means that I either have to put the light on to see what I am doing, or to struggle to see the keyboard on my laptop while I am still half asleep, prior to taking a shower and heading off to the office.
Then of course, having taken my shower, I have to put the light on in the bedroom so that I can find some clothes and get dressed, much to Debbie’s annoyance as she is still trying to get a final hour of beauty sleep.
During March the mornings in the UK gradually get lighter, and by the middle of the month it’s no longer necessary to put the lights on in the morning, that is until the clocks spring forward an hour on the last weekend in March.
By mid April, as long as the skies are fairly clear when I get up at 6:30am, it’s just about light enough for me to see without having to put the lights on, but unfortunately April is synonymous with April Showers and s0me mornings it’s just truly dark and gloomy, just like it’s the middle of winter again.
However, darker mornings do mean lighter evenings, and while the chance of me enjoying an extra hour of daylight in the morning is slim to none, just knowing that we potentially have enough time to do something when I get home from work and before it gets dark, makes the day seem better.
It’s really frustrating to leave work while the sun is still up, but by the time you get home and change your clothes, that idea you had about weeding a flower bed, cutting the grass, or even taking a walk by the river, is dashed by the fact that the light is already fading, and by the time you begin whichever outdoor task you choose, it’s too late to achieve anything.
So really for me, the month of April is a turning point in the year, the changing of the clocks signalling a rapid transition from Winter to Summer, and mentally just knowing that the amount of time in which we can actually do something outside is increasing with every day, makes coming home and the evenings even better to look forward to.
There is a movement to change the clocks in the UK so that we are on the same time zone with the rest of Western Europe, in other words the clocks would go forward another hour, permanently.
I really wish that they would, however with family in Florida, that would now mean that they would be 6 hours behind us, and we would have one hour less to talk in the evening before we go to bed.
I guess you can’t have everything can you, but if there is one thing I do wish, it’s that wherever you are in the world when you read this, I hope it’s a nice sunny day for you.