April 1, 2017
The scheduled return to standard New Zealand time tomorrow morning has been cancelled and clocks will stay one-hour ahead permanently.
A spokesman for the Department of Infernal Affairs, Ms Sunny Disposition said that putting clocks back signalled the start of winter to many people and since summer weather had been so disappointing, few if any were ready for it.
“Most people agree daylight saving is good and if some is good then ipso facto more must be better,” she said.
“We can’t change the weather, but we can keep the clocks forward and allow people more daylight. The sun comes out in the day and after the sorry excuse for summer over much of the country that’s what we need to cheer us all up – more day and less night.
“We’ll all get more vitamin D and save power with less need for electric lights.”
A reporter who pointed out that whether or not clocks stayed forward an hour, there would be less daylight as the sun moved north, was told that wasn’t in the Department’s brief.
“Clocks and time are our preserve, if you have a question about the sun you’d be better talking to Met Service or NIWA,” Miss Disposition said.
“I understand someone from one or other of them will be available to talk around mid day.”
August 18, 2016
The trees are still bare but daffodil leaves are poking through the ground, snow drops are flowering and the daphne is in bloom.
Daphne’s scent always evokes memories of my mother’s garden.
Would it smell as sweet if it wasn’t for those memories and the knowledge that the flowers are fleeting?
Possibly not, but I’m enjoying it while it’s here and am grateful for it.
August 2, 2016
We’ve had an unusually warm winter but the last few days have reminded us which season it is.
Sunday was showery, yesterday was one of those cloudy days with a southerly straight from Antarctica and we woke to a heavy frost this morning.
But the sky was cloudless, the sun shone all day and at last we’re getting more daylight hours for which I’m very grateful.
June 21, 2016
Today is the winter solstice when the sun reaches it’s northern most point.
We often get the coldest and stormiest weather after the solstice, but today is the day with the shortest time between sunrise and sunset.
Now each day we can look forward to more light, if only by minutes, as the sun makes its way south again and I’m very grateful for that.
April 11, 2016
Autumn has only just started to make itself felt with a nip in the morning and cooler evenings.
We’re not getting the mists that Keats celebrated but we are getting the mellow fruitfulness and I’m grateful for that.
April 3, 2016
More than not a day too soon, at least a couple of weeks too late, the clocks went backwards early this morning.
Yesterday the sun didn’t rise until around 7:30, this morning it was an hour earlier and oh how I’m grateful for that.
March 15, 2016
Yesterday was summer, today it’s autumnal to wintry.
The rain is welcome, the cold not so much.
Thankfully the cold is outside not inside and I’m very grateful for that.