Yawn, sigh, mutter mumble.

Daylight Saving commences on the last Sunday in September, when 2.00am becomes 3.00am.

It ends on the first Sunday in April, when 3.00am becomes 2.00am.

Yawn, sigh, mutter, mumble – it’s that time of year again for my annual declaration that daylight saving stats too soon and ends too late.

Sunrise is too late in the morning and it’s too cold at both ends of the day to enjoy a later dawn as the price for more light in the evening.

Changing clocks just two or three weeks later, when we’re well past the equinox, at the start and sooner at the end would let us have lighter mornings for longer and be more likely to be warm enough to want more light before dusk.

16 Responses to Yawn, sigh, mutter mumble.

  1. pmofnz says:

    Too cold? That’s what happens when you live south of the Bombays, 3/4 of the way to Antarctica.

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  2. Dave Kennedy says:

    Bright and sunny in Invercargill today, T Shirt and shorts weather yesterday as I mowed the lawn and looking forward to the long twilights and BBQ teas (often still light by 10:30pm in Dec) 😉

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  3. Gravedodger says:

    No surprise Kennedy is supportive of people being forced to comply with the desires of those too bloody lazy to just get up an hour earlier and leave those who are in sync with the Sun God un-forced to submit.

    Hope you used a Push mower, scythe or scissors and not a roaring little motor mower belching smoke and carbon particles making an unholy noise when a neighbour was trying to get some sleep, good old Dave being a superior person better able to decide and all.

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  4. Dave Kennedy says:

    You aren’t taking the early start too well, Gravedodger, you obviously got out of the wrong side of the bed as well 😉

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  5. Gravedodger says:

    Never in your dreams Dave, when the all powerful state dictated back in the 1970s that everyone should get up an hour earlier to get the bone idle, lacking motivation and lazy out of bed I slept until the time on the clock I declined to reset but the princesses had to get to school so my protest was thwarted by some who work for me with the gummint as my agent. The bastards had a delegation that allowed them to do it in spite of my best intentions.

    I have seen more sunrises than most septuagenarians, one very early memory was above the fog from the Amuri Range in the 1950s when after a predawn start to muster we were overlooking the entire Amuri Basin under a sea of fog while we were in the rays of a Sun rising over the Mason Hills and Mt Cookson.

    I probably still see more dawns than most and it has never taken a bunch of moronic shiny backsided public servants to make it happen.
    Farm work best done before lunchtime, deer that need culling, Fish that need a pan, mountains to climb, ski runs to be tamed and sometimes, more often these days, there are birds to be appreciated. Oh and those birds have feathers.

    As I said No Surprise you support the lemmings being told when they must get out of bed, one more reminder, as if it was ever needed, to do everything in my diminishing power to prevent your manipulative bunch of “we know best dreamers” from making it even worse.

    FYI, I am stone cold sober, smiling in spite of the Taranaki win and still basking in that wonderful result at Twickenham, when nearly a hundred thousand terrible singers got their beans from a bunch of Men from the Welsh Valleys under their NZ Coach, ‘Gats’.

    Now because I really would like to know? scythe, scissors, or a very non ‘green’ lawn mower and I am not referring to the ‘colour’ of the machine.

    Methinks you take my intense opposition to what drives you as personal when the truth is, it is just business.

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  6. Freddy says:

    As one of those harvest machine operators whose eaten more meals from behind the wheel of a machine that from my own kitchen table, I can a sure you daylight savings time was keenly anticipated and considerably more in sync with our world. Love it.
    HP you’re just being stubborn 🙂

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  7. Name Withheld says:

    “You aren’t taking the early start too well, Gravedodger”

    As one who continually posts into the early AM I don’t see you as an early riser Mr Kennedy.
    Quite the opposite.
    What time does school start, 9AM?
    Finish at 3?
    Oh the humanity!

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  8. homepaddock says:

    Freddy, I’m not opposed to daylight saving per se. It’s that it starts too early and finishes too late.

    If the start was delayed by two or three weeks the days would be long enough to mean getting an extra hour in the evening didn’t mean waking up in the dark.

    If more NZers could see the charms of Dave’s part of the world, they could get long, light summer evenings without daylight saving.

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  9. Dave Kennedy says:

    Actually Gravedodger I have no strong feelings about daylight savings other than that the majority of workers forced to work 9-5 do have more daylight to enjoy after work. For all that I wonder how many actually do enjoy the longer evenings and how many just sit inside watching TV or in front of a computer, it is probably wasted on most.

    I too enjoyed watching many sunrises when I was a keen young tramper and mountaineer. Climbing in the the Mt Cook area in Summer often meant a 1 or 2 am start (from a high hut) to get as much time as possible walking on top of a night frozen snow crust before the sun softened it all and each step became a major sinking effort. A sunrise on the Southern Alps was always a worthwhile experience 😉

    Too many people now probably have no connection or experience of the natural rhythm of a day: rising sun, dawn chorus…through to the first stars appearing in the evening and animals and birds calling and chatting to each other as they settle in for the night.

    And yes it was good to see the Welsh succeed with players a fighting spirit and Kiwi coach carrying them through.

    As for my lawns, I do have a push mower that I do use occasionally, but I generally use a traditional Briggs and Stratton. The section is too big for an electric mower and I also use it to mulch hedge clippings etc, so that they compost quicker. The technology of electric mowers seem to be improving, so when one can do what I need it to do, I’ll probably buy one.

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  10. Dave Kennedy says:

    Name Withheld. I am no longer teaching, but the 9-3 hours for teachers is a bit of a tired joke now. Early in my career I taught in a two teacher rural school and I was up well before 7am in Winter to get the Juno fires started to heat the rooms. At the same school we ran a mile every morning to start the day (5 year olds to 13 year olds and teachers included). The Principal at the same school also owned a 400 acre sheep and deer farm and did both jobs superbly.

    However you are right about my current habits, I tend to be a slow riser, but often work late.

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  11. Dave Kennedy says:

    Oops 9:38 – “with players short”

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  12. farmerbraun says:

    “HP you’re just being stubborn :)”

    Whoa ! It is not GD who is being stubborn.
    It’s the Sun Stupid 🙂

    It refuses to rise an hour earlier in line with the edict of the part-timers infesting our parliament.

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  13. Mr E says:

    Ele,
    I don’t mind the start date of daylight savings. But I often feel it finishes too early.

    Starting in the dark has never been of great concern. It is finishing in the light that I prefer.

    That is one of the reasons why I live here. Southland has great long summer nights

    Dave,
    I’d suspect electric lawn mowers are good enough to do what you need. You can buy additional battery banks if your lawn is sizeable.

    I have a collection of mowers. 6 in total. One is a battery powered robot, which can mow the lawn at midnight if you so wish.

    It has been a moody robot, and it has tested my mechanical skills on many occasions. I spent 2 hours on it yesterday to service it and put it back into its summer duties.

    A robot that works on a charge rotation, has to face all sorts of weather. Electronics and wet weather don’t mix greatly. Still, it is hard not to get attached to the little sucker, when your enjoying family time and it is buzzing away doing the hard work.

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  14. Gravedodger says:

    Every year at around this time I muse how the “lemmings” would react if the gummint dictated no person shall rise before 0700hrs to save energy and make personal behaviour more controllable!
    Just wondrin?

    Dave, Invercargill is the only place I have been where it was possible to read newspaper headlines at 2200hrs and shelter from rain behind a powerpole. We went to the Southland Royal show in 1978/9 not certain, before relocating to Wairarapa. No need for a lantern to plait up ponies the night before either.
    Of course natural times have a contra, things are just a bit dark in July, went to a bull sale back in the day.
    Of course you don’t have strong feelings on daylight saving or mass behaviour manipulation as I see it, Southland has the edict delivered by natural acts of the Sun God every year.
    That very same Sun God delivering a warming planet and will some day bring back your beloved glaciers, but for now we don’t yet tax sunshine only those clever enough to make some dosh from it.

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  15. Dave Kennedy says:

    Mr E, last time I looked at electric mowers (cordless) there were four available, some have plastic bodies and none were robust enough to do what i expect of them. They will also need a reduction in price if I were to buy one (including extra battery). If you collect mowers, I also have an old belt driven, self propelled, reel mower you may be interested in (this is a genuine offer). It did work when I put in in the back of the shed about 20 years ago. For lawn fanatics, who mow regularly, reel mowers do the neatest job. However, our section is actually an old sand dune and I have found a longer lawn is more resilient over Summer than when I was attempting to maintain a bowling green.

    Gravedodger, my youngest sister lives completely off the grid and finds that the sun’s free energy more than adequate to meet her needs. I don’t think the glaciers are coming back anytime soon ;-(
    https://glacierchange.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/tasman-glacier-retreat/

    The most dramatic perspective is from the site of the old Ball Hut. in 1900 it was possible to walk out of the hut and directly on to the glacier. It is now a considerable scramble down the moraine wall to reach the glacier.

    http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/10730/moraine-tasman-glacier

    The Californian farming sector is suffering hugely because the snowfields that provided the water supply to the region over Summer have become so much smaller. I would be concerned that the same may happen to Canterbury in the next decades.
    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-29/carbon-energy-production-shrinks-california-water-supplies

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  16. Mr E says:

    Dave,
    Thanks for your generous offer but no thanks. I have too many as it is.
    You could put the engine on a go cart for future generations. Waste not want not. 9 times out of ten a $15 carby kit will fix it.

    The robot mower does a long cut, and will mow daily if you want.
    But they are pricey. And the battery replacement cost is about $100 per year. Far more than one would pay in petrol. And probably no better for the environment with all the plastic and lead.

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