Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

It is officially winter here in Cape Town. The winter solstice in the Southern hemisphere, and our shortest day, is June 21st.

The sun will start returning now. Though to be honest, I can’t say it has been very far away!

To all of you in the Northern hemisphere, the nights will start drawing in!

 

post script: Our milkman said this to my Mother once, “Now the nights start drawing in!” on the day of the summer solstice. It really annoyed her. It was only just summer after all!

 

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42 thoughts on “Winter Solstice

  1. Midwestern Plant Girl

    I was just thinking last night when I went to bed (@9:30) and looked out the window to see it was still light out… “am I so old I go to bed before it’s dark?!?” Gesh! 😉
    Time has flown this season, but I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Well in the north of UK where I grew up, it only got dark very late, so you had to go to sleep in the light. And someone I follow who lives very far north, has 24 hours of daylight right now!
      But summer is only just getting going when they call it ‘the start of summer’, or solstice.
      Conversely for me, the worst of winter is still to come.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I know! I think of the first day of Spring as the start of summer. 🙂
      I’ve heard there’s a strawberry moon, but I don’t think I’ll see it for the rain clouds here. 🙂

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        haha Yes – but I learnt from Ramblingratz, that the full moon in June is called the Full Strawberry moon, because the strawberries are ripening. Also it was special because it was a full moon on the summer solstice – which last happened in 1967. 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Exactly what my Mum thought! 🙂
      On the down side over here – winter has only just begun. But it’s OK – we really need the rain! Keep Telling Self! 🙂

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  2. spanishwoods

    Yes, you are right. When the days grow longer, I’m so looking forward to it. But the sun is high now until around 9:00 pm and I always look forward to shorter days with less sun around this time. It’s always a slightly melancholy thought, but it doesn’t annoy me. It’s a good reminder. 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, I love the changing seasons. 🙂 And it’s really not too bad here with winter daylight of 10 hours or so – not like in UK where my Mum was, where it starts getting dark around 4pm.
      I love winter here, and feeling chilly! Summers are far too hot for me. 38C

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  3. quiall

    Its a beautiful sunny day here but it is going to be hot: it could feel like 40c! Our winters in my area can reach -40 wind chill! And that’s not the coldest spot in Canada.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Wow – you really do have extremes there. 40C is way too hot for me too. Then again, it gets way too cold there also! 🙂
      We have more rain today, so it is chilly, but great, as we do need it. 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Is it cold up there now? I lived in Jo’burg for 8 years and remember very cold mornings! Much warmer here in CT in winter, tho obviously Wetter too! 🙂

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