Oh happy day!

April 6, 2014

For the last few weeks we’ve been waking up in the dark and it hasn’t been warm enough to want to linger outside at dusk.

Thankfully this morning the clocks went back an hour giving us an extra hour of sleep and more light in the mornings – bliss.

Apropos of time and light, the Daily Mail asks are you living out of sync with the sun?


Each morning residents of the east India state of Assam watch the sun rise more than 90 minutes earlier than the west of the country.

This is because time on the clocks across India are set to be exactly the same in each of its states and provinces, regardless of location.

The result is a huge discrepancy between the time shown on the clock and where the sun is in the sky – a problem that this map reveals is widespread throughout the world . .








Lucia Maria shares my view that daylight savings lasts too long.

Some is good but more isn’t better because of the shorter time betweens sunrise and sunset in autumn and spring.










Too soon, too late, too long

March 4, 2014

Last summer was one of the ones I remember from childhood – day after day of blue skies and sunshine.

That wasn’t good news for those for whom it mean drought, but it was great for the rest of us.

This year some areas are facing drought again even though most of the country hasn’t really had good summer weather.

In North Otago we’ve had the odd day or two of temperatures in the mid 20s but we’ve also had far too many when they barely reach the late teens.

And now it’s autumn and feeling like it – we woke to fresh snow on the Kakanui Range yesterday morning.

It’s not just autumnal temperatures, it’s also dark in the mornings as dawn creeps later.

It’s going to keep getting worse for the next month because we have to wait until the first weekend in April for the clocks to go back.

Yet another reminder that daylight savings starts too soon, finishes too late and lasts too long.

If winter’s here . . .

October 9, 2013

Remind me again why daylight saving starts at the end of September?

The Met Service warned of a wintry blast and they were right:

From Facebook:

Jacqui Dean MP
On the Pigroot road just inland from Palmerston. It’s snowing.
The Press:
Winter blast brings heavy snow, rain:

Cantabrians are enduring a spring cold snap with snow blanketing parts of the South Island.

Heavy rain pelted much of the region yesterday with higher areas hit by flurries of snow that settled in some places. . .

And Met Service:

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It’s not unusual to get this worth of wild weather in October.

If winter’s here it’s too soon to put the clocks forward.

Too early

September 29, 2013

Wanted – alive and well – an extra hour of light in the morning.

Just for another three or four weeks, then there will be enough to share between both ends of the day.

This time last year we were in Argentina to watch the All Blacks vs Los Pumas.

When we got home the confusion between body and clock was due to jet lag so an hour here and there made little difference to how we felt.

But we still noticed the clocks had been put forward.

Before we’d left just over a week earlier we’d been waking up to daylight around 6am, on our return it was dark until around 7.

That’s how it is this morning and will be for another three or four weeks.

The spring equinox was only a week ago so we’re getting only a few minutes more than 12 hours of day light.

The extra hour before sunrise this evening comes at the cost of an hour more of dark this morning.

If daylight saving was delayed until the end of October, which is when the clocks went forward when it was first introduced, we’d have 14 hours between sunrise and sunset and it would be light for longer at both ends of the day.

I’ve said all this before  and started a Facebook page but at least this year I know I’m not alone.

I was listening to talk back while driving home on Thursday evening when Kerre McIvor voiced my thoughts – it’s too soon and too cold for daylight saving.

If we’ve got to put up with the effect of jet lag in the morning without having had the fun of a holiday, then it should be when it’s warm, and light, enough to get the benefit in the evening.



Keeping Stock takes the contrary view but PM of NZ is on my side.

Oh bliss, oh joy!

April 8, 2013

We had a weekend in Wanaka and waking yesterday to a light frost feeling like it was 7ish when it was only 6ish was blissful.

That feeling of being ahead of myself persisted all day. If the past is any guide the feeling and the extra productivity that comes with it will continue for the rest of the week until my body adjusts to the clock again.

I wont’ go as far as to say I like daylight saving, and I definitely am unmoved in my view that it starts too early and finishes too late.

But the feeling for the few days which follow putting the clocks back to standard time is some compensation.

The introduction of daylight saving when clocks go forward an hour makes me feel jet lagged without having had a holiday.

The week after the clocks go back, I feel as if I’d had a holiday without having jet lag.

Summer’s gone

April 5, 2013

Spring and early summer rain combined with irrigation has allowed us to enjoy the long, sunny summer without the worries of drought afflicting other areas.

But we’ve had a sudden end to the golden weather.

The 8mls of welcome rain on Wednesday night brought a sprinkling of snow to the Kakanui Range and today’s forecast high is only 12 degrees.

Remind me again why daylight saving extends this far into autumn?

Only four days to go

April 2, 2013

There’s only four days left before the clocks go back an hour and it can’t come soon enough for me.

For the last month or so we’ve been waking up in darkness.

When the decision was made to move clocks forward an hour for summer in 1974 it started at Labour weekend and finished in early March.

Then some bright sparks got the idea that if some daylight saving is good more would be better without taking into account that the amount of daylight we get isn’t constant.

The result is clocks go forward on the last Sunday in September and don’t go back again until the first Sunday in April when we’ve got no more than 12 hours between sunrise and sunset.

Delaying the start by a couple of weeks and bringing the end back a fortnight or so would allow us to have an extra hour of light in the evening without having to wake up in darkness in the morning.

I’m not alone in wanting an abbreviated version of daylight saving. Lucia Maria says  daylight saving is lasting too long and has started a Facebook page seeking to put the clocks back on the third weekend in March.

If winter’s here . . .

October 15, 2012

. . . where has spring gone?

We spent the weekend in Wanaka.

It rained most of Saturday. The cloud lifted during the afternoon to give us a view of the fresh snow about half way down the mountains which frame the lake.

The drive home through the Lindis always provides glorious views, but there’s not usually this much snow in October:

Permission to ask yet again why the clocks go forward for daylight saving in late September?

Still too early

October 2, 2012

Given we left Buenos Aires at 5pm Sunday their time (9am Monday here) and had very little sleep it doesn’t make any difference to our body clocks that daylight saving started on Sunday.

But it was only 6 degrees when we got home at 5am, there’s fresh snow on the Kakanui Range and a chill breeze blowing which indicates again that it is till too early to put the clocks forward.

The timing this year did coincide with the start of school holidays which will give teachers and pupils a couple of weeks to adjust before having to face the classroom.

But that’s the only positive I can see in losing an hour in the morning this close to the spring solstice.

But if I’m finding adjusting to travelling a long distance and being short of sleep, it’s nothing to how the All Blacks must be feeling.

Does it make you feel better . . .

September 30, 2012

. . .  to know that this is the latest start we’ll get to daylight saving?

If you think, as I do, September is too early to shift the clocks forward, this is as good – or as least bad – as it gets.

Daylight saving will start a day earlier next year, and the year after . . .  until the 24th of September falls on a Sunday.

If it’s too early now, it will be a whole week more too early then.

P.S. Karyn O’Keeffe explains the science behind my dislike of the change to daylight saving in there’s no spring in my step.

Ready for daylight saving?

September 28, 2012

It’s that time of year when I have to steel myself for the loss of an hour’s sleep.

It doesn’t help that the loss of the hour comes several weeks too early meaning less light in the morning when I prefer it while it’s still neither  light nor warm enough for late enough on the evening to compensate.

I was preparing to mutter,mumble grump and grumble about it when I cam across some tips and thoughts on daylight saving which made me smile instead:

1. get some sleep – we lose an hour and it is a jolly long time until we get that hour back!
2. make the most of early morning walks – for a time you lose the early light – it just disappears overnight!
3. forget the idea that you are really saving daylight – it is a myth.  I have been researching this and it is a fact that there is not an extra hour of daylight at all – they just adjust the clocks to make it seem as if you have extra daylight!  Honest!  Well, I think I am being honest… maybe I am wrong…
4. for if you were saving it, where would you store it? . . .

You’ll find the other six tips here.

At last

April 1, 2012

At last, daylight saving has ended.

That makes this my favourite morning of the year when I get to enjoy an extra hour’s sleep without losing time from the day.

I’d have been even happier had it happened two or three weeks earlier.

Daylight saving lasts too long again

March 23, 2012

The equinox took place a couple of days ago, the sun is now further north than south.

That is obvious to anyone who has to get up early in the morning when it is still dark – and darker than it would be had daylight saving not been unnecessarily extended until the first Sunday in April.

In the best of summers it’s getting too cold to enjoy more light in the evenings by now.

This hasn’t been the best of summers for most of the ocuntry and it’s a cool, wet autumn for many of us.

I second Lucia Maria who says bring on the end of daylight saving please.

Daylight Savings Blues again

September 25, 2011

We were late home from Dunedin last night and to add insult to injury we lost an hour of much needed sleep when the clocks went forward.

Once more I’ve got the:

Daylight Savings Blues

Spring is here the grass has grown

It’s time to have my annual moan.

Why do the clocks move on so soon

And force us to rise by light of moon?

Spring equinox gives 12 hours of light

So we have to rise while it’s still night.

And what use is the extra evening sun

If it’s not there once dinner’s done?

The clocks moved on an hour last night

But the weather forecast’s not looking bright.

They say we’ll get rain, hail, sleet and snow

Blue sky and sun alas won’t show.

What’s the point of clocks gone for’ard

When every day the weather’s horrid?

Couldn’t they wait til winter’s past

And we no longer face its icy blast?

In summer’s heat I agree it’s fine

To change the clocks and gain play time.

But early spring’s still cold and dark

For those at work before the lark.

Delay the change by three weeks or four

Til there’s 14 daylight hours or more.

We could then rise after the sun

And have more light for night time fun.

Take heed of all the morning workers

And not those lazy evening shirkers.

Daylight saving makes sense in summer

But in spring it just makes us glummer.

Yawn, mutter, mumble

September 24, 2011

Oh no – this time tomorrow it will feel like an hour earlier than the clocks say it is.

Yawn, mutter, mumble.

Whose silly idea was it to introduce daylight saving this soon?

The spring equinox was only yesterday. We’re getting just 12 horus of daylight and in the south it still feel more like winter than summer.

We’re having sunny days but we’re also still getting frosts and cool temperatures.

Down here the sun won’t be rising until after 7.15 tomorrow. the extra light we get in the evening when sunset is delayed until about 7. 30 won’t compensate for losing that precious hour of daylight in the morning.

Yawn, mutter, mumble.

Why can’t daylight saving wait a few weeks until it’s lighter for longer and warmer?

Yawn, mutter, mumble.


April 3, 2011

At last the clocks have gone back.

For the next few days I’ll be waking up at 5ish feeling like it’s 6ish and it will be nearly light by 7ish.


UPDATE: David Winter tells us daylight saving was the bright (or not so bright if you’re in my camp) idea of George Vernon Hudson who wanted to spend the lighter evenings bug hunting.

Dark dawns, cold morns

March 28, 2011

Temperatures have been autumnal in the mornings for a while and now it’s not just cold but dark.

We spent last week with a farm discussion group in Marlborough and Nelson and even that far north it was too cool to be called late summer.

The equinox was last Sunday so nights are now longer than the days and the sun isn’t rising until about 7.45. That makes it a little bit harder to do normal farming activities like getting stock in for milking, drafting or shearing and having to wait longer for the right temperatures and humidity for harvesting.

Clocks go back this coming weekend – at least two weeks too late.

Better time for daylight saving

October 24, 2010

It’s a month since the clocks went forward for daylight saving but we’re only just getting any benefit from it.

We’re still getting frosts and it’s definitely not summer yet, but most days are more like spring than winter.

The sun’s rising before 6am and it’s still light until after 8pm which gives us more than 14 hours of daylight.

This weekend would be a much better time to start daylight saving than late September when the sun wasn’t rising until around 7am and setting just 12 hours later.

After Tomato Picking

September 29, 2010

This Tuesday’s poem is After Tomato Picking by Maria Garcia Teutsch.

If you click on the links to other Tuesday poets in the side bar you’ll find other poems including:

Stone is not Stone by Carson McCullers; Mary McCallum’s The Bookshop, Clare Beynons’ Daylight SavingBoys, Please Don’t Rock The Boat by Alicia Ponder and Dutch Interior by Eillen Moeller.

Never trust the weather

September 29, 2010

Just as I was gearing up for a rant about the stupidity of introducing daylight saving in the middle of winter the weather has let me down.

Last year and the year before and the year before that, as is usual for this time of year the weather was cold and wintery.

Last week it was wintery.

But since the clocks went forward on Sunday we’ve had nor westers and the temperatures got to the late teens on Monday and yesterday.

I’m not complaining, after a very wet winter, heat and drying wind is just what we need. But  two warm days, do not a spring make. The weather is almost always variable at this time of year and the forecast for later in the week is for cloud and rain.

However, whatever the weather, it doesn’t change the fact that this close to the spring equinox we have only a little more than 12 hours between sunrise and sunset.

That means moving sunset from 6ish to 7ish in the evening has moved sunrise from 6ish to 7ish in the morning although that doesn’t worry everyone.

My campaign to delay the date on which the clocks go forward isn’t getting much traction. Only 13 people have joined my delay daylight saving group on Facebook.

The Panel discussed the issue on Afternoons on Monday  (part 2 towards the end) and there was no enthusiasm for change from them.

Peter Dunne justified us having six months of daylight saving by comparing us with other countries.

That is irrelevant – they’re at different latitudes and longitudes, they’re nearer the equator than we are and most have continental climates (which if memories of school geography serve me right means they heat up faster so will get warmer sooner in spring).

Still, why would a politician let the facts get in the way of a pet policy?

Sigh, yawn, mutter grumble.


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