shortest day/longest day

21 Dec

london 11.02am 12C cloudy friday 2018

shortest day sunrise 8.03am sunset 3.53pm

you could think of today as the one with the longest night. or you can think of today as the start of the days getting longer. or today as the depths of winter. though if u are thinking it wont get colder, than you will be wrong. the coldest months are yet to come.

its actually quite warm today.

but this article reminds me that not everywhere gets the shortest day today. the southern hemisphere gets its longest day today.

it reminds me to keep things in perspective. what you perceive depands on where you are, and by implication, depands on how you allow yourself to look at it in your mind. 

this day comes around every year and every year people in the countries that are affected talk about it. i think it is a very comforting constant, it tells people all is well with the world, the cycle comes and goes and it is as it should be. it is a natural highlight, unlike so many man made celebrations.

i was brought up in the tropics, and so we are not aware of this shortening and lengthening of the days. nor do we have the four seasons; we only have dry and wet seasons.  i think that is why i am not aware of the passing of time so much as i am now that i live in the uk. in the tropics each day is much like another weather wise. it is especially true in malaysia. we dont have hurricanes, or earthquakes, or volcanoes. maybe that is why we dont talk much about the weather. we greet each other with the question, what news? asking about each other. so perhaps there might be a lot of gossip banded about. i dont know what people talk about now in malaysia. perhaps they talk about food. that is a very safe topic.


3 Responses to “shortest day/longest day”

  1. Garfield Hug Saturday December 22, 2018 at 6:22 am #

    Have a great Christmas celebration. We have caterers and hoteliers offering Rendang Turkey believe it or not! All the curried flavors and spices have found its way to beef up the fun new tastes of traditional turkey roasted flavor.

    • alifesgayventure Saturday December 22, 2018 at 9:12 am #

      sounds like a good idea to rendang the turkey. i myself like to make a curry out of it, turkey is perfect for it. not really good for roasting, it is too big and the long cooking in the oven dries it out. the good thing about turkey is that there is a lot of meat in it.

      • Garfield Hug Saturday December 22, 2018 at 9:48 am #

        Let me know if it works for you and enjoy it! Have a great Christmas with Simon😃

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