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The slow but irresistible descent into darkness begins....

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Didactylos4, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    No this is not a EU thread :D

    From now on the days will get shorter and the nights longer
    Imperceptibly at first but with a inevitability that cannot be resisted

    In times past last night was a time of great significance and today was officially Midsummers Day
    There were at least two ancient religions (and one that is less than ancient) that regarded it as a sacred time and festivals were held.
    Now it passes almost without notice.

    We no longer watch as time flits by and the everlasting light at the touch of a switch means that we no longer care as the sunlight lessens.
    Or even notice until much later in the year.
    We are disconnected from the natural rhythms

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  2. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Midsummer Day is Friday.
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  3. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Another modern inaccuracy
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  4. Richie Millions

    Richie Millions New commenter

    You should have seen the old girls down, "Foley Bottoms" last night.
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I notice it. I married (first time round) on June 21st.

    Summer Solstice usually.

    Maximum fertility blah blah.

    Thanks for depressing me @Didactylos4
    I think I'd rather it HAD been an EU thread. And that's not a phrase you often hear.
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  6. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

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  7. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    We'll agree to differ.
  8. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    Especially when we post on internet forae...:rolleyes:
  9. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

  10. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I disagree :D
    The Solstice was on the 20th (precession) and therefore today is Midsummers day.
    Making it fall on the 24th was merely a sop to later religions
  11. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    If this were my favourite Facebook group, where such language is permitted - nay, even encouraged - I would call you a cockwomble and tell you to shove your foreboding of descent into winter where the sun never shines!

    GL. In the garden. With factor 50+ sunscreen!

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  12. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    But I live there
    Or so it seems :(
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  13. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    Move to the sunny south coast! There are at least six sailing clubs within walking distance too! :D
  14. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Well, we'll differ, whether we agree to or not. o_O
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  15. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I'm not.
    I was awake at midnight and 2am last night and both times, thought about midsummer because it never actually got dark. There are bees everywhere, the little beefs are getting big and the swallows are mobbing the cat so they've probably got babies hidden somewhere. It's definitely summer!
    kibosh likes this.
  16. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    One of the advantages of living so far north

    Most of us don't
  17. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    You know I'm not actually in the Arctic Circle, right?

    You wouldn't be calling it an advantage if we were in the other half of the year. Endless darkness isn't so much fun. I must order some firewood.
    kibosh likes this.
  18. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Aurora borealis?????
  19. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    But you are way closer than I am :D

    That is a disadvantage and thus a completely different thing.
    There is a balance
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  20. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    I've been noting the lengthening of the days by a set of solar 'fairy' lights, clumped up on a rambling rose, close by my window.

    From coming on in the early evening, they now come on at about 10 past 10 at night.

    I shall be sad now that they gradually start coming on earlier.

    (Daft, I know, but I love the light evenings)
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