June 19, 2017

Out Here, It’s Still Spring.

A few more weeks days and summer will officially make it’s round to this part of the world.

That means hotter days and longer daylight hours. How much longer daylight hours I wouldn’t have a clue because if I don’t know any better, I would think that it’s already summer here in the Netherlands since early June. 

Mother Nature must have been confused!

I mean, what’s with the sun rising before 5 a.m and not setting till almost after 10.30 p.m.? In the recent nights, it only gets dark closer after 11 p.m and that’s already more than 18 hours of long daylight.

Confused much? I know I am.

Plus the fact that it has been mostly sunny (sometimes windy, rainy and hailing) on most days where we would be walking out of the house with NO layering or jackets needed AND that we already are seeing mossies and flies around, it might as well be summer already.

No matter how tired I feel, it feels so wrong to go to bed when it’s still light outside after 10.30 p.m. It’s deceiving too and because of that, we ended up stretching our days longer and going to bed really, really late.

I am still getting used to the longer daylight hours and am in two minds if I like it as much as I like that it gets dark after 5-ish. Not that it matters to how early late we go to sleep but I do wonder how much longer will daylight be when the REAL summer comes. 

Now I don’t know what summer would bring, but I  am not looking forward to the extended school vacation  the kids will be having. That means: more expenses needed for daycare and the monkeys will be coining mayhem to a whole brand new level to test our parenting skills because they are bored out of their skull from having nothing to do all day for weeks on end.

God help us.

Until then, while the tulip season may be well and truly over by now, as far as I’m concerned,  we are officially still in spring. Not too hot, not too cold…but getting really, really warm!

With the exception of the longer daylight and sometimes temperamental weather, spring still remains my most favourite season of the year.

Out here, the changing landscape would be too beautiful to ignore. 

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  1. It’s beautiful! Well, isn’t the longest day on Wednesday? The summer solstice? Then the days get shorter, right?
    A few years ago I was in Norway two years in a row during the solstice. It was so disorienting! We went to bed so late – and then had to be up the next morning for a conference! I would find it difficult to get a normal schedule there as well… I hope you have blackout curtains!

    • It was the longest day on Wednesday. We went to bed at midnight and it was still light! I only found out there’s summer solstice too and I thought there’s only winter solstice! These things don’t come naturally to me having lived in Asia all my life. LOL.
      I can imagine that was disorienting in Norway for you, Katherine. So weird isn’t it! I particularly dislike the change of daylight hours as well. That makes it worse.
      Oh yes! hallelujah to blackout curtains! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Robbie Cheadle

    The photographs are lovely, Ann. We also have school holidays next week and I know what you mean about the kids driving you nuts with nothing to do.

    • Thank you, Robbie! The landscape really did look better than pictures. ๐Ÿ˜€
      The kids so will…I hope yours will be kind to you during such trying times! LOL


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