Today Was The Day

I always know it’s coming and yet I always forget, therefore it always takes me by surprise. I mentioned it to Mrs A only the other week, and still I forgot to look out for it. It’s always on a Friday and yet it still managed creep up on me once more. I normally finish work at 4:30pm on a Friday so that’s the reason it’s always on a Friday each year when it happens. If I finished work at my usual later time it would likely have been another week or so before it happened.

I got home from work around 4:50pm tonight and as I opened the gate to the back garden, there it was.!! The bottom of the garden.!! I could see it before the security light came on. :-)

It was very still this evening and that made it so much better. The stillness brought with it a distinct smell, or perhaps it’s just the feeling of a smell, or something I can’t quite put my finger on, but I do always feel it. The tingle of excitement when each year I first notice the daytime extending after the dark months of winter. I know we could still get a bad spell of weather, and we probably will, but every year when this day creeps up on me, in those brief seconds I get flashes of information all at the one time. Perhaps not like my life flashing before me, but definitely images of Warblers, Swifts, Swallows, birdsong, green things sprouting etc. I could almost swear to being able to smell the winter changing. I suppose that those further south than me may have already noticed this, and those further north perhaps not, but for me it was today, around 4:50pm when I opened the back gate and I could see the bottom of the garden. :-)

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  • LOL,  bring on the Warblers   - can't wait for springtime :)         Two days ago we were in a fog all day .........and the weather was much the same too !

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    Regards, Hazel 

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  • could almost swear to being able to smell the winter changing

    I know exactly what you mean PA ... I can always smell it too!!

     

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  • What I never get my head around, is that, like Paul, you suddenly realise the clocks are going the other way & days are getting longer. BUT it's always the evening, the mornings don't start to improve for ages! Roll-on summer!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    What I never get my head around, is that, like Paul, you suddenly realise the clocks are going the other way & days are getting longer. BUT it's always the evening, the mornings don't start to improve for ages! Roll-on summer!

    It's interesting if you look at the BBC Weather page. Firstly sunrise and sunset are not equidistant from noon. Secondly sunrise is a minute earlier every consecutive day but sundown is two minutes later every consecutive day:)

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    Bob

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  • I remarked to the Postman only today that the birds were singing and seem to think that Spring is in the air.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to Bobs_Still_Retired:

    What I never get my head around, is that, like Paul, you suddenly realise the clocks are going the other way & days are getting longer. BUT it's always the evening, the mornings don't start to improve for ages! Roll-on summer!

    "It's interesting if you look at the BBC Weather page. Firstly sunrise and sunset are not equidistant from noon. Secondly sunrise is a minute earlier every consecutive day but sundown is two minutes later every consecutive day:)"

    Thanks Bob, I should have looked at that, but why isn't it 1,5 mins a day at each end.

    EDIT & my quotes still don't work properly!!!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Thanks Bob, I should have looked at that, but why isn't it 1,5 mins a day at each end.

    EDIT & my quotes still don't work properly!!!

    That I don't know for sure but I suspect that it is related to the fact that the earth has shifted its position during the daylight hours and you effectively tilted a little nearer the sun than when the sun rose.Hope that makes sense

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    Cheers,

    Bob

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  • In reply to Bobs_Still_Retired:

    That I don't know for sure but I suspect that it is related to the fact that the earth has shifted its position during the daylight hours and you effectively tilted a little nearer the sun than when the sun rose.Hope that makes sense

    Yep we've been saying the same Bob.

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