Messing With Time

In case any of my British readers are still unaware. the clocks go back tonight.

Yes, we get an extra hour in bed before getting up on Sunday. But that is small comfort compared to the start of the long dark evenings beginning soon.

Dark by 4:30 in the afternoon most days, and that extra hour of daylight in the early morning will hardly be noticed by anyone outside of the farming and outdoor community.

I say it every year, but I think it should be scrapped. Let time be what it is, and stop playing around with it.

63 thoughts on “Messing With Time

  1. If you have a small children you definitely do not get an extra hour in bed! On the plus side we’ve been able to bring Little O’s bedtime back to 7:30 after it slowly got a bit too late and everyone is happier. That said, I am not a fan of daylight savings. It confuses me every year. It’s not a thing in South Africa.

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  2. Great post πŸ™‚ I think a lot of us feel that way about daylight savings time or at least, half the number of people out there πŸ™‚ For us in America, we have our daylight savings time next Sunday at midnight πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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  3. I don’t mind which one we stick with, just so long as we stick with one of them. If it wasn’t for the kids going to school then we would very much be in tune with the light in the morning, so with the chance on schools closing again we could be heading back to natures clock πŸ™‚

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  4. I agree with you Pete, as a protest I did not change my clock at the last change, so for 6 months I’ve had to mentally add an hour to calculate the real time, it was a total hassle, but I’m stubborn, but I will be all set in a few weeks when we change back at Halloween. Kindly, C

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  5. It looks like we will fall back next weekend even though our state legislature approved a measure for us to stay on daylight savings time year-round. Apparently you can opt out of daylight savings time but you can’t choose to stay there all year without congressional approval. And the other Washington is not in a hurry to do much these days! πŸ˜‰

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  6. Wouldn’t the default be Greenwich Mean Time rather than British Summer Time?
    I used to enjoy beginning the dogs morning walk in daylight for a few more days when the clocks went back. Back then I was getting up at 5.30 to walk the dogs around 6.30 before going to work at 7.30ish. Retirement has its compensations.

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  7. We don’t “fall back” until next Sunday, Nov. 1. I’m not so sure the farm families notice as the chores still start at the same time for the animals are used to eating at a specific time regardless of the time change. I notice the change in the length of the day, but the actual time is not pertinent to when I go out to take photos or go back to bed because it is raining. The sun comes up and sets when it does, not when our standardized clocks chime anything in particular. I am inclined to think this changing of the clocks is a relic of getting rail schedules to make more sense to travelers. Warmest regards, Theo

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      1. It would seem children waiting in the dark for school busses are less safe than children waiting in the twilight for school busses. However, it is my experience that vehicles that do not use headlamps are more of a problem in twilight than in the dark. Go figure. Warmest regards, Theo

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  8. I totally agree with you, Pete: let’s scrap that nonsense. Or maybe we should move to Arizona where they never took part in this! Btw, here in the US we’ll switch o one week after you.
    Have a great weekend,
    Pit

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  9. I completely agree. I have never understood the need for this in any way. It’s totally useless and like youI hope it gets scrapped at some point. But that’s what I wish for every year, and every year it returns unfortunately😒

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    1. I hear all sorts of ‘reasons’. Safer for kids to walk to school in daylight, better for farmers, and so on. But that was all before most kids went to school by bus or in cars, and farmers didn’t have mechanised milking and crop production. It’s antiquated, pure and simple.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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