Good morning

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Another beautiful cold and frosty day & another beautiful sunrise. January is turning out to be a month for stunning sunrises and sunsets.

This morning’s sunrise
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New additions

Hope you are having a good weekend so far? I must post this from the other day… How beautiful is this double rainbow? It lasted for […]

Beautiful Flowers

Well this week has gone fast don’t you think? It has been such a warm & sunny week, I hope it stays like this! More and […]

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Summer Solstice

The summer solstice, otherwise known as the longest day of the year, is on the June 21, marking the return of brighter evenings and hopefully more time to spend out with my camera!

The UK will enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes
of daylight.

The sun will rise at 4.52am and set at 9.26pm.

The solstice officially marks the beginning of the astronomical summer, which ends when the autumn equinox falls on September 22. Day and night will be at almost equal length on this day, as the sun crosses the celestial equator and moves southward into the northern hemisphere.

The term ‘solstice’ derives from the Latin word ‘solstitium’, meaning ‘sun standing still’.
Some prefer the more teutonic term ‘sunturn’ to describe the event.

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What happens during the summer solstice?

There are two solstices each year – one in the winter and one in the summer. The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer.

Traditionally, the summer solstice period fell between the planting and harvesting of crops, leaving people who worked the land time to relax. This is why June became the traditional month for weddings.

It signals the moment the sun’s path stops moving northward in the sky, and the start of days becoming steadily shorter as the slow march towards winter begins. 

Astrologers say the sun seems to ‘stand still’ at the point on the horizon where it appears to rise and set, before moving off in the reverse direction.

However, we won’t notice the days becoming shorter for a while. The shortest day of the year isn’t until Monday, December 21, known as the winter solstice; it lasts for 7 hours and 50 minutes in Britain, which is 8 hours, 48 minutes shorter than the June solstice.

So there you have the Summer Solstice in a nut shell – if my sleep pattern is still the same in a few days I will be up to see the sun rise!

Time

It’s been a glorious week. Getting back into the garden is a great feeling especially when the temperature has hit 18oWith the lovely weather has brought out lots of dandelions, daffodils, bees, blossom and green leaves. Good News! The clocks are changing tonight (March 27th UK) marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time – and […]

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday which means were looking back at memories, this time it’s summer flowers. Can you remember the hot sun shining on your face as you sit and watch the world go by? I can’t wait for those days to come again.

June Memories

I can hear the wind blowing outside as I lay in my bed at 05:00. I am now wide awake so I thought I would post this blog from Summer 2021. I hope it reminds you of warmer days. June was a very busy month visiting many places. I think I got back into the […]

Good morning

Another beautiful cold and frosty day & another beautiful sunrise. January is turning out to be a month for stunning sunrises and sunsets.

Sun Rise January

Another beautiful cold and frosty day & another beautiful sunrise. January is turning out to be a month for stunning sunrises and sunsets.

Wolf Moon

The first full moon of 2022 is the Wolf Moon, which was on Monday 17th January 2022. This full moon was so named because villagers used to hear packs of wolves howling in hunger around this time of the year. It’s also known as the Old Moon, Ice Moon and Snow Moon, although the latter […]

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