Tuesday, 30 June 2015
These long summer days.....
One of the things that Larry has found hard to get used to over here in England is the difference in the length of days and nights. Just now, in June we have very long, light days. It doesn't get dark until 10.30 p.m. and it's light again at about 3 a.m. That makes for a very short night!
Of course in the winter it's a different story. The days are very short. It gets dark at 4 p.m. and doesn't get light again until 7.15 a.m.
We are far north, further north than any of America or Canada and if it wasn't for the Gulf Stream, we would all freeze 'to death' in the winter. The Gulf Stream keeps us relatively warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Today it is 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
When Larry came over nearly two years ago now, he brought his telescope with him. That was the mystery object he had in his shed that I mentioned some time ago and never came back to for obvious reasons. However, there are limited times that he can use it because right now he has to wait so long for it to get dark, that he gets tired and wants to go to bed. Then in the winter when it gets dark very early, it is so cold outside that he can't face it!
For someone who grew up in Texas and lived in South Carolina for a long time, he has done really well with his adjustments but this daylight time is hard for him. He has been getting up at 5 a.m. because he just can't sleep longer so by the time I get up, he's been up for a couple of hours already.
How have you been coping with the long days?