One of the things for me about living someplace new is learning the cycle of the seasons in the new place. The rhythms of the light, the plants, the animals.
My first winter in Edinburgh felt longer and harder than I expected. I know one of the medications I'm on completely messes with my thermo-regulation, but still! I thought I was reasonably cold-hardy, after some of the places we've lived during winters in the US. Hah. This winter made me feel like a cold wimp. Winter in Edinburgh is cold, damp, raw, and dark. At Winter Solstice, there weren't even seven whole hours of daylight.
And then, about a week after Brigid, there was a sudden explosion of light. It wasn't just that the days were longer and I noticed it, it was that Wow, there seemed to be so much more light!
Beloved Wife and I have been noticing a similar change again starting right around Beltane. Wow! Once again, there is so much more light!
I first noticed this when I woke up one morning to use the bathroom and it was not just light out, but bright. Usually when this happens, it's about 6:00 am, and I have just enough time for a snooze before the alarm goes off. I looked at my watch. 5:00 am. 5:00 am??
Unfortunately, the cats noticed the sun was up, too, and they thought it was a fine thing...
We've started closing the shutters when we go to bed, to block the morning sun so that we might actually sleep until the alarm goes off.
Then we noticed the light in the evening. At Beltane, sunset was a little before 9:00 pm, and it was dark enough by 9:30 that the Beltane Fire Festival folks started their pyrotechnics then. Now it's still fully light at 9:00 pm.
This is delightful. But confusing to my inner clock. Yay, vitamin D!! But it is hard to convince myself it's time to start winding down and getting ready to bed when it's still bright out, or cloudy but fully light. Things will be interesting come Summer Solstice, when the days are really long.
For now, I am reveling in this delightful explosion of light and in getting to know this time of year in this place. Blessed be.