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Solstice Sadness

Posted: 21 Jun 2022, 21:51
by Tomliner
I may be a bit odd but does anyone else feel a touch of sadness at the passing of the summer solstice? I know the change is imperceptible for a while but the older I get the more I enjoy the long days and short nights.EricT

Re: Solstice Sadness

Posted: 21 Jun 2022, 23:02
by AllanL
When I worked at a Scottish petrochemical site many moons ago there was one dour engineer whose party trick was to proclaim, "Aye, the nights are fair drawing in." every year a day after the summer solstice.

Re: Solstice Sadness

Posted: 21 Jun 2022, 23:04
by TSR2
Yes Eric, I know what you mean. It just feels that everything is just one very slowly moving hamster wheel to me though. And now we’re heading back to the bottom at 3 minutes per day :(

Re: Solstice Sadness

Posted: 22 Jun 2022, 04:19
by Airspeed
No sadness here - it was the Winter Solstice :)
That doesn't mean it'll warm up soon though, so I'm not packing my woollies away for a while.
The ABC celebrated with a special live broadcast from various locations in the Southern Ocean, interspersed with daylight recordings of marine life.

We also did NOT have a train strike like you have in the UK, but the VLine (regional) communications system crashed (hacked??) so no VLine trains could run.

Re: Solstice Sadness

Posted: 22 Jun 2022, 10:58
by Paul K
No sadness here either, because it's now down-hill to autumn. September to Christmas is my favourite time of year. I love that first hint of a chill in the air; the mists in the trees, and hoots of tawny owls in the leafy avenues where I go for my evening walk. At the end of my route, the welcoming lights of the Unthank Arms and a pint of Adnams. You can keep summer. :)

Re: Solstice Sadness

Posted: 22 Jun 2022, 11:56
by robcarrich
I know exactly what you mean Eric.
Having passed my own solstice many, many years ago the warm days of summer are all too soon just a memory.

Rob

Re: Solstice Sadness

Posted: 22 Jun 2022, 17:14
by Vc Ten
I used to dread the summer months. As a child I suffered from hay fever, just the smell of cut grass would set me off into sneezing fits and streaming eyes. I out grew it aged 14 but the memory still lingers. I'm with Paul, I love autumnal sights and smells. The leaves turning, log fires, a nip in the air
Dale

Re: Solstice Sadness

Posted: 22 Jun 2022, 17:14
by Nigel H-J
I also feel down after the solstice, from lighter evenings less cost with electricity etc. I literally just hate it when it starts getting dark around 4 or 5 in the evenings and it seems to last longer than the summer.

Nigel.

Re: Solstice Sadness

Posted: 23 Jun 2022, 11:58
by Airspeed
Paul K wrote:
22 Jun 2022, 10:58
No sadness here either, because it's now down-hill to autumn. September to Christmas is my favourite time of year. I love that first hint of a chill in the air; the mists in the trees, and hoots of tawny owls in the leafy avenues where I go for my evening walk. At the end of my route, the welcoming lights of the Unthank Arms and a pint of Adnams. You can keep summer. :)
Paul, that's a smart looking establishment, how is the price of your pint compared to other pubs?
Can you just drop in for a beer, or are you required to eat a meal while you are there?
There's a list of "Guests" which have % near their names; would you explain this please?

Re: Solstice Sadness

Posted: 23 Jun 2022, 12:31
by Paul K
Hi Mike - it's a lovely place. Yes, you can drop in for a pint - it's a pub that also serves food, with a nice dining room further in. I used to live in the street next door ( Onley Street), but am now three streets away, having moved away and then moved back. Still only a five minute walk, however. ;) There's some very nice pubs around here - the York, The Rose, The Pear Tree Inn, the William & Florence, to name just a few.

Prices are comparable in all of them.

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Not sure what you mean about the Guests and % ?

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