Low, Low Sun

Anyone who reads this blog regularly will tell you that I am hard to please, and perhaps best described as ‘never happy’. Alright, I confess that when it comes to the weather, that is true.

We have enjoyed an unusually bright October so far. And we have been blessed with very warm days too. Yesterday’s 23 C was a record locally, for a day in October. From sunrise to sunset, we have brilliant sunshine, followed by clear nights with a feast of visible starts.

But it comes with a catch of course.That brilliant sun is very low in the sky. It’s impossible to drive into it, even with sunglasses on and the visor down in the car. It streams through the windows of the house, making it increasingly difficult to see anything on this computer monitor, and to have no chance of watching anything on a flat-screen TV. The irony is that we wait for such sunny days, then have to close the curtains to be able to do anything in ‘normal’ light.

When I am out walking with Ollie, the low sun is like a searchlight in your face, and can very quickly generate a headache. But at least it is warm enough that I can still wear my shorts, eleven days after they are normally put away for the season. I know, I shouldn’t be complaining. Parts of the UK have high winds and heavy rain, so I should be grateful. But I would still like it to be higher in the sky, and not searing my eyeballs at every turn.

We have rain forecast for the weekend.

Stay tuned for me complaining about that. πŸ™‚

72 thoughts on “Low, Low Sun

  1. Great post πŸ™‚ I do not think you are hard to please at all. I know this because If I do a post on a director you love, you will demonstrate your way of ranking as well πŸ™‚ Sorry, I have not been on this site for a while, I am currently working on a blog entry and I am having writers block at the time being, but it should subside soon. Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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  2. Like Dina said, the sun shows up all the cobwebs and the dirty windows and I agree with you about driving. I couldn’t see through my windscreen coming back from the beach last week and it was very scary on the twisting roads. I managed to pull up at a lay-by and give it a bit of a clean but I wasn’t very happy. Washed both inside and out when I got home, but it seems just as bad now when the sun hits it. Heavy rain here this morning, but the afternoon was glorious. Storm forecast for tomorrow though and I can hear the wind picking up now.

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  3. We finally got some cooler weather…it has been in high 90’s for damn near 5 months…..it gets to the point that you do not want to go out. I am fortunate my pups have a huge backyard that they can run and do dog stuff…..I wish we could get some rain without a storm sneaking in there…..you and Ollie have a good evening….chuq

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  4. We have had ten days of sun and 10 days to come, I will not be complaining, I’m even getting my tan back as I plough the fields πŸ™‚ The wood pile is still piled high and the water is piping hot from the panels. I face South, my computer faces North, we have no windows in the TV area, even if I had time to watch in the day time! Get a grip man! I hope it rains for you soon πŸ™‚

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  5. When the sun is this low, I’m even more worried about the pheasants on the country lanes, they are hard to spot. I have just harvested 30 tomatoes that have ripened thanks to the sun the last three days. πŸ™‚ Two days ago we went to the Broads, so many happy boaters on the water enjoying the warm, lazy days of a golden October. What I find very annoying, is the fact that low sun immediately points out, it’s time to clean the windows and the amount of cobwebs seem to have reached an all-time high. Sigh.

    Have you seen the excellent exhibition at Gresham, Pete? “Inventing the future” celebrates the contributions that students at Gresham have made in the field of design, engineering and the arts in the 20th century. It’s well worth a visit, runs until the 14th of October. I’m off to the Steam Gala tomorrow, hoping for some moody clouds … πŸ™‚
    Wishing you, Julie and Ollie a lovely weekend,
    The Fab Four of Cley Xx

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    1. Thanks, Dina. I have all but given up on cleaning windows. It rains every time I do! πŸ™‚
      I haven’t been to the Gresham exhibition, and had to look it up. But I do know the school in Holt.
      I need a visa to get out of Beetley these days. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      Love from Beetley, Pete and Ollie. X

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  6. Hehe. It’s one thing or another, huh? πŸ™‚ After a long dry summer here and smoke from nearby wildfires filling the sky, I longed for the rain to return. Now that it’s here I’m already tired of it and dread the long rainy months ahead. Overall, I prefer the sun – though I don’t like driving into its glare either. πŸ™‚

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  7. Pete, we brits do like to talk and moan about the weather. I agree though, that sun when so low in the sky is dangerous when driving. I am looking forward to autumn, its one of my favourite seasons, sunny cold days all wrapped up, its great. Have you had the ladybird invasion? I spent part of yesterday getting rid of close to a hundred that were trying to hibernate in the window frames. Never seen so many in my life before and its all down to that bloody good summer we had. There I am moaning about the summer!

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    1. We had an unusual amount of ladybirds last week, but not as many as in 2012, when there were literally thousands of them on our hedges, and over the cars. I don’t really mind that low sun, unless I am driving, or wanting to watch the news! πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. The weather these days is just really unusual. It’s almost as if it’s still summer. And the sun being so low and shining in the eyes is at times really dangerous. Oh, and we all complain Pete: part of life I guess! 😊

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  9. The solution is simple, Pete. Just sail that island of yours south. The closer you get to my coordinates, the more you would be able to complain about 7-8 months of searing heat – but the sun will be high in the sky!!

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