8 hours…

We’ve had snow on the hills since the beginning of November.  Winter feels like a drawn out affair up here, and for a few weeks either side of the Winter Solstice with sunrise at just before 9am and setting again at 3:45pm I really have felt like hibernating. 

…of course there are plenty of places further North, like Qaanaaq in Greenland within the artic circle that still have perpetual darkness.  I remember years ago reading an Inuit blog where the whole village gather on the local hill to witness the sun for a fleeting moment skirting above the horizon and breaking the polar night.

I love Winter,  I love the snow and ice; and the ‘playground’ that it creates. It’s just the long nights and short days that tug at an optimistic soul, though some days, like yesterday, are just stunningly beautiful…


March is probably my favourite time of year.  Spring is usually in the air, but Winter’s playground usually remains on the high tops and, with the whole of the Summer to look forward to, thoughts turn towards plans being made for great adventures.

March feels just around the corner. Today, for the first time since Nov 16th, the Sun was finally above the horizon for 8 hours….

Events on 24 January 2013 …
Sun – standard transit (apparent rise and set of the upper limb)
Rises at  08:33 bearing 125°
Transit  12:33 altitude +014°
Sets at  16:33 bearing 235°
Duration 08:00 hours

Annie tells me that Winter’s not over yet. She’s right; we’re expecting another dump of snow overnight, but dark days are almost over.

It maybe a way off yet folks, but for those of us in the North, a reminder that Summer’s on the way…



About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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4 Responses to 8 hours…

  1. Ian Johnston says:

    A nice thought to hold onto Andy! :o)

    Kind Regards


  2. I didn’t realize the days were that much shorter in your part of the world. That’s a bummer. The scenery there is beautiful. I espcailly liked the ones out on the water where you captured the rainbow. I have always wanted to visit Scotland since many of my ancestors came from there. Steve White

  3. Andy Harpur says:

    Ian, I’m holding on tight…. bring on the Sun !
    Steven, Welcome 🙂 It took me 20 years to get out of the concrete jungle; home is where the heart is and, yes, the scenery is pretty special here..

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve never kayaked, it does look interesting. When I lived in southern Missouri I canoed many of the streams there. It was in the Missouri ozarks, hilly and rocky with clear flowing streams. Would float and fish in the summer and fall. I’ve missed that since moving back to the north part of Missouri. SXW

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