Today is the Winter Solstice

Today is the winter solstice. 2015 is a deviant year – the  shortest day of the year traditionally falls on 21st December but it is a day later this year, the foibles of man’s calendars. Its all to do with the fact that our calendar work on 365 days, whereas the  earth’s orbit around the sun takes 365.5 days, the sun will set at 15:54 today, just under eight hours of daylight in the UK. In the Northern Hemisphere winter begins today – as I write this it is 13.3C – and last night the lowest temperature was in Faversham was 12.3C.

For an explanation of the mechanics of our bit of the universe link

Winter “ain’t what it used to be.” We’ll see what January and February bring.

I am reminded, by a friend, of the one of the alternative lyrics of Winter Wonderland

“When chapel bells are ringin’ all around

And later on we’ll conspire
As we dream by the fire
We’ll face unafraid, the plans that we’ve made
Walking in a winter wonderland

Later on we’ll conspire
As we dream by the fire
We’ll face unafraid, the plans that we’ve made
Walking in a winter wonderland
Yeah, we’ll face unafraid, the plans that we’ve made
Walking in a winter wonderland”

http://www.metrolyrics.com/winter-wonderland-lyrics-brad-paisley.html

 

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Harold Goodwin