Autumn: sometimes damp

Yesterday I discovered that London’s sunrise was officially 7:15 am, and sunset was 6:19 pm, apparently making the day 11 hours, 4 minutes and 37 seconds long. By Monday 15th October the daylight hours will have shrunk to 10h 41m 28s. In a couple of weeks the clocks will have dropped back an hour to make the most of the available daylight, and by 21st December, the figures are like this: Sunrise 8:04 am, Sunset 3:54 pm and the day will be 7 hours, 49 minutes and 43 seconds long.

Then the night’s will start drawing out again.

Wild clematis, seed head, wet from the drizzle, on Monday

A damp spider in the front garden

A wet leaf, all edged with drops of water

A spider’s web at the garden centre, carrying a heavy load

Here we are in October and though we’ve had some of the best weather of the year so far…. we’ve also had damp and dull. I was so very glad to see the sunshine again today.

 

Author: Sarah

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11 thoughts on “Autumn: sometimes damp”

  1. First the photo’s:
    At least one of them has got to be Countryfile calendar photographic comp entry.

    Second,
    Don’t know why, but I always awake before the arrival of daybreak, no matter what time of year. So this time of year I sleep longer, The current espousal unit, [Mk3, as our Washington State correspondent would put it}
    likes winter!

  2. Morning Pseu

    Coincidentally I recently had a discussion about daylight hours with the children. Down here on the 34th Parallel we have nothing like the swings in daylight hours that you have, my comparison by the way was Glasgow not London.

    Our shortest day is 9hrs 53min, but I think that living closer to the equator that our our twilights are longer(?)

    Our longest a mere 14hrs 25min but….

    no adjusting of clocks down here, meaning that sunset on our longest day is still an early 19:30 😦

    Port Elizabeth sunrise and sunset here

  3. JHL, you are tuned into natural rhythms obviously… though I think a lot of folk are, sleeping more in the winter, like low level hibernation?! (What or where is this photo comp of which you speak?)

  4. Interesting that you say longer twilight nearer the equator… I always thought it was the opposite, Soutie… where darkness descends, as my father always used to say, ‘with tropical suddenness.’

    You evenness of daylight hours, compared to ours, is, I understand the reason your Poinsettia plants have to have controlled light conditions here to make them red and ready for Christmas. They need roughly 12 dark and 12 hours light over 24 hours….

  5. On reflection your father is quite right.

    Poinsettias, grow down here in abundance, they’re everywhere I’ll take some pics when they’re flowering 🙂

  6. I remember them from childhood, Soutie, as they always left a white milky substance on the finger tips after playing with them. They are in the euphorbia family, and some folk are sensitive to the sap, and the red colouration is actually leaf, not flower.
    We had a hedge running down the side of the house, and it grew tremendously in one season.

  7. Every year “Countryfile” (sort of weekly farming programme on Beeb 1 on Sunday mornings) have a photo comp and the best 12 photo’s are used to create a calendar which is sold to raise funds for “Children in need” Different theme each year. I reckon you could be a contender 🙂

  8. I shall have to have a look.

    I have just been putting a few photos (well 12 actually, plus one for the cover) for a calendar – triggered by your comment. I did it on line and have just placed an order which should sort out a few Christmas presents this year 🙂

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