in a reflective mood

Godrevy lighthouse

The clocks go back today (GMT), which means that sunset will be an hour earlier and as a consequence the evening will seem much longer. I hate this time of year when so often the days are gloomy too, making me want to hibernate until January when the days grow longer once again. Perhaps I can motivate myself to get outdoors more and stave off the melancholy that surrounds me at this time of year.

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  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    Oh ugh!! I had forgotten that our clocks turn back next weekend ๐Ÿ˜–
    The longer nights are already starting to get to me and there is still another 2 months before the reversal starts. Maybe we need to embrace some of Dina’s hygge and simply work with the darkness and enjoy it for what it is.

    Oh, who am I fooling? Wine may also be required.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Wine cannot be ignored at this time of year. Even mulled wine.

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        It’s a multi-purpose attitude adjuster ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. beetleypete says:

      Wine is essential! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jane Lurie says:

    Time change is so hard, Jude. Luckily, you have your art – this photograph is marvelous.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, thank you Jane. Yes that is one consolation. I can spend time creating posts for the blog, and hopefully getting out to take some photos!

  3. Anabel Marsh says:

    Beautiful picture. Iโ€™ve enjoyed the comments too. Itโ€™s reassuring to know that I am not the only one who says โ€œBah humbugโ€ to over-hyped festivals.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Maybe it is an AGE thing?

      1. Anabel Marsh says:

        Oh, Iโ€™ve been like this for a LONG time! Perhaps not having children I got there faster than most.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Possibly. It all seems so out of control now. If it stopped being about presents and more to do with family getting together for a meal that would be better. More like Thanksgiving I suppose.

        2. Anabel Marsh says:

          Thatโ€™s more or less what we do but most people think weโ€™re odd!

        3. Heyjude says:

          I think you are in good company on here!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    We still have one more week of daylight savings. It is so bad here that I call my husband “summer Charlie” and “winter Charlie.” It is slightly more polite than calling him “lovely Charlie” and “grumpy Grandpa.!” He lives outdoors until it’s late fall. Then, fortunately, it snows so he can go out and plow for hours since his snow blower has a headlight!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t become grumpy (at least I don’t think I do) but I always feel so tired and lethargic. Mindst you I have felt like that a lot this year for some reason. My joints also hate the dampness which makes going out even more of a chore. BUT I will make more of an effort this year.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Can you believe our joints actually complain just as did the joints of our elders?

  5. We’re enjoying the onset of warmer weather and longer days, so I know how you feel. Just think of all the wonderful wintery photos you’ll be able to share with us.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well if I can get out I shall certainly do my best. And you must post lots of sunny Australian photos for me so I survive the gloom ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. I have lots of nice sunny posts coming up. ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Sue Slaght says:

    Wishing you days of sunshine Jude. The snow started to fall here today. Itโ€™s hard to not get glum with the weather isnโ€™t it?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Snow? Already? Snow can look awfully pretty though if it is not the wet stuff we generally get.

      1. Sue Slaght says:

        Yes we have been out shoveling the neighborhood twice already today. No slushiness with this its the real thing with -10C currently and its day time. Ah well we have the winter gear so we just bundle up and off we go.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Goodness. I hope it isn’t like this for the entire winter. Though I guess shovelling snow is one way to exercise ๐Ÿ™‚

        2. Sue Slaght says:

          It looks like we may be in the thick of it now although living by the Rocky Mountains sometimes we get warm chinook winds that send the temperatures soaring. Usually turns the streets to rivers but a nice reprieve temperature wise.

        3. Heyjude says:

          “Living by the Rocky Mountains… ”
          Guess you can put up with a lot of things to live where you do.

        4. Sue Slaght says:

          That is exactly right Jude. So fortunate!

  7. restlessjo says:

    It worked rather well for us as the birthday boy had an extra hour to fit in all his last day stuff. Peace reigns. ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Glorious shot, and we’ve seen some lovely shimmery sights here too. The hour at the end of the day does make a difference though. Did you not get away for a few days break, as suggested?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not gone anywhere yet, but still thinking about it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. First time I’ve been in the UK when the clocks go back for a very long time Jude and I can see what you mean – it just changed the feel of everything somehow felt so much more wintry. Still did feel a bit more like Christmas was approaching with the cold weather – never seems “real” in sunny Perth!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think when you have grown up with a winter Christmas then having it in mid summer always feels wrong. I guess in the north it is something to cheer you up in those dark and cold months.

      1. Yes don’t think it will ever feel quite right to me Jude though I always get a real Christmas tree. I love the scent and find it lasts well with a daily top up of water. Still we won’t be having the wood fire lit! There is something magical about a cold Christmas even if it is dark and cold outside!

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