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    I am still having to make my morning walks with Conny by torchlight and I quite thought the mornings would start to get a lighter now, but even though the evenings seems to not be getting dark as early, the mornings seem to stay the same, well, this link explains why!

     

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    My goodness Fruitcake I never realised there was so much info and reasons why the mornings do not seem to be getting lighter but must admit that I lost the plot about half way thru reading all that- it was quite involved and I think I will just accept that I can have an extra hour in bed in the morning darkness without trying to understand why

    Thanks anyway. Regards :wacko:   :-(   :unsure:

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    Yes it is a bit convoluting C/Mum but basically, it’s the difference between the solar clock and the 24 hr clock

    So, as the solar days in December are on average 24 hours and 30 seconds, while our clocks and watches are still assuming that each day is exactly 24 hours, this causes the day to shift about 30 seconds later each day.”

    This cumulative shifting explains why the evenings draw in towards their earliest sunset a couple of weeks before the shortest day, and why the mornings continue to get darker until a couple of weeks after.

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    :scratch:

    Thank you for that Fruitcake x

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    I think it’s best to stay in bed as long as possible this time of year, I’m quite happy to sleep until the sun has risen fully! ;-)

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    Ditto Tigre…I,m happy to stay in bed until my coffee arrives!

     

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    I stay in bed until she says, I’ll have my cuppa now please.
    Which if I move not quite fast enough becomes NOW PLEASE.
    Never pushed it any further….

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    Agree with marmite and tigre ,my excuse is I am saving on electricity.

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    I still don’t like to waste the morning, even if it’s dark, walking with Conny by torchlight I often stop and just listen to all the owls calling each other, so many different calls! Then I have the privilege of seeing the dawn break – love it!  I am by nature a morning person, even though I rarely go to bed before midnight, it used to infuriate our youngest daughter who once retorted while in her teens, when I asked why she was so grumpy, “It’s your fault, if you didn’t keep singing and being so happy I’d be okay!” No answer to that!

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    This time of year is very depressing with as little as 8 hours of light a day. If I waited till the sun fully rose here some days I wouldn’t get up till after midday. I have two four legged alarm clocks who won’t wait that late for their breakfast and my body needs it’s first shot of caffine around 07.30!

    So what is a lie in? :unsure:

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    A lie in is that bit when your body isn’t quite ready to leap into action….and the joy of knowing if you stay where you are for another few minutes the world won’t fall apart,

    The years of getting breakfast,finding shoes for kids…getting them to school on time…getting to work yourself.

    now if it’s the dogs…I find inviting Bentley onto the bed gives me an extra few minutes!

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    I must be a peculiar creature as I absolutely hate it if, after waking too early, I doze back off and wake up later than my 7 am time, it puts me out of sorts for the whole day! Anything between 7.30 am and 8.00 am is too late for me! I guess we’re all different and I’m the oddity!  :wacko:

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    Never having been a morning person myself, every dark winter morning I thank my lucky stars I’m no longer dictated to by the clock. The dogs sleep in our bedroom and are happy to get up when we do…

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    On work days, I’m up at either 4.30 or 5.30, depending on starting time of 6 or 7 o’clock, but on those days I don’t work, I don’t get up until after 9.30 if Mme VK is beside me, sometimes as late as 10 am. Our pause at work is 8.50am and it’s getting lighter now as the year progresses, but it was still dark in December.

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    I spent years working shifts on the buses. That really screws around with your body clock so when I could, I would swap my late and night shifts for early turns. They are busier and the time goes quicker then the rest of the day is your own. 30+ years of early mornings seems to be ingrained in me and I rarely sleep beyond 07.00 and once awake I tend to get up, feed my dogs and have my first cup of coffee. I usually get more done in the mornings especially this time of the year, the temptation of the TV and warm fire can prove irresistable in the afternoons. :yes:

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    Awoken in bed with coffee and croissants every day at 06:30 now for 23 years has been made tolerable :whistle: since we moved into the current house by the massed chorus of every Chouette in Morbihan outside our window. :yes:

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    How wonderful Gleaner! (I hope you take a turn of serving the coffee and croissants!)

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    What, so as to please you fruitcake?

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    No that’s fine thanks, I don’t drink coffee  :whistle:

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    We have gone to bed at around 2.30 in the morning and very rarely get up before 10 o’clock for years. We have had friends call around before we are out of bed.

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