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Drawing in?

(19 Posts)
DaphneBroon Sat 30-Jul-16 08:01:16

Just to really cheer us all up, has anybody else noticed that it is getting dark quite considerably earlier?
My yardstick is Grace's bedtime walkie ( usually when the TV goes off at 10)
I've been able too see quite well up to about a week /10 days ago, although it would normally be dusk, but last night it was definitely dark and I needed my torch !
Winter draw(er)s on?

morethan2 Sat 30-Jul-16 08:11:10

NO DaphneBroon NO I really hate the lack of light in winter I get depressed. I'm a bit worried about coping this winter on top of the shitty awful time my families having. I expect I'll be whining and moaning on here about it very very soon. So I apologise now before it happens.

DaphneBroon Sat 30-Jul-16 08:15:18

flowers morethan2 you have been very quiet on that recently - just to say we have not forgotten you. Here is some sunshine sunshinefor you to stash away for any (literally or metaphorically ) darker days in the future
flowers

morethan2 Sat 30-Jul-16 08:33:30

Thanks DahneBroon I know but it's bad enough living with the fall out of emotion and the physical aspects of looking after the the little ones more often. I often haven't the energy to post or talk about it. The secondary bone cancer is responding well but the primary is getting worse she's due a mastectomy any day. I'm so upset about it because she only just been able to start leading a normalish life for a few weeks after being housebound for the last six months and now this. She just soaks up every smile/ laugh she sees the children have. She only been able to hold them close for a month and now that will be denied her and them for a while. Horrible isn't it.

DaphneBroon Sat 30-Jul-16 08:37:07

sad 💕💕
Can't find the words but my heart goes out to you all.

Moaning about the weather/darker evenings is so trivial. 🌺

cornergran Sat 30-Jul-16 09:07:49

Often think about you all morethan, I also don't have the words, but then perhaps there aren't any. Can only send virtual hugs. Daphne, no it's not trivial, the darkness impacts many so badly, somehow in our part of the world we are having a very grey summer, I get so envious of those with sunshine, Don't feel bad. Hope today is lighter for all.

DaphneBroon Sat 30-Jul-16 09:18:18

Hope I was clear that I felt I was being trivial - nobody else blush
I recognise that for many reasons Autumn/winter is a long dark spell and I was really only being flippant blush

ninathenana Sat 30-Jul-16 09:45:09

morethan I don't know how but I wasn't aware of your troubles and only know what I've read on this thread. My thoughts are with you and your familyflowers
Daphne I don't think you need to be embarrassed. I think people will understand your post. I hadn't noticed it getting dark earlier, I will make note tonight.

morethan2 Sat 30-Jul-16 11:31:40

I too will keep a look out this evening Daphne so no offence was taken. One of the things I've learnt the last few months is that the ordinary can't stop because something extraordinary is happening . We still have to live our ordinary lives. Once when I was dreadfully upset my husband said to me " yes it's worse than horrible and yes she's going to die but before that she's got to live and so have we" so we talk about the mundane, the silly and even the down right boring. We laugh and joke. We even talk about our own silly aches and pains with her. Perhaps now our family realise how extraordinary and important the ordinary is. Fingers crossed for her next big hurdle. She's a fighter and she's determined to carry on for her children. I've just waved goodbye to my sister and niece. I always feel a bit maudlin saying 'goodbye' it never last though because now I've got to tidy up after their stay and the busy but lovely week we had keeping the little uns entertained.

cornergran Sun 31-Jul-16 00:38:20

Oh blimey, Daphne, I was trying to say I supported your post. Left some words out that make all the difference. Not being critical at all, don't we get ourselves in a muddle sometimes? Memo to self, be more considered and try to make sense. No hope for me blush.

DaphneBroon Sun 31-Jul-16 07:28:20

smile ✨✨

ninathenana Sun 31-Jul-16 07:31:49

Well, I took note of the time last night and yes, it was black at 10pm here in the South. sad

millymouge Sun 31-Jul-16 07:37:01

Morethan Daphne can only send flowers and hugs. You are both being so strong for others

NotTooOld Sun 31-Jul-16 21:43:43

Yes, definitely getting darker. We've had so few long, light and warm evenings this Summer. Now I'm starting to dread the spider season which will be upon us soon. I hate the little bu***rs.
sad

DaphneBroon Sun 31-Jul-16 21:53:59

What happened to sitting outside throughout a summer's evening, batting away the occasional moth?

millymouge Mon 01-Aug-16 03:58:33

DH loves to spend a late summer evening sitting in the garden watching the bats fly over. The last couple of years they have been getting less and less, this year there have been hardly any. Wonder where they have all gone. The evenings are certainly drawing in, don't look forward to the winter now we are older it brings so many problems. NottoOld it's the daddy long legs I hate this time of year. They get everywhere, when I walk the dogs they are in the grass and they fly out at you. If they are in the house and I try to get them out their legs seem to fall off!!

Teetime Mon 01-Aug-16 10:26:47

morethan I am so sorry and again I don't have the right words except to say come and talk to us when you can and hopefully we can offer some comfort and suppport. flowers

In respect of the nights drawing in I notice I'm putting the living room lights on in the evening now. I hate the winter to so am hoping we get a mild autumn of which I thought I detected a tang in the air yesterday here. I am glad of the darker mornings though I hate waking up at 4am and not being able to go back to sleep as its daylight.

Tizliz Mon 01-Aug-16 12:23:59

I always know when it is getting darker as my OH has to mention it all the time. "only 10.30 and getting dark already" (we are in the north of Scotland, so get more daylight at this time of year). In May it is "10.30 and it is still light'. I have been known to scream to myself that it is the same every year.

Cherrytree59 Mon 01-Aug-16 15:00:01

Yes the dread of the dark nights always spoils autumn for me.

I actually see the solar lights on in the garden now before I go to bed.

I don't remember when I was young worrying about dark nights and mornings.
Is it an age thing??