Daily Prompt: Set for Solstice

Set for Solstice

Today’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). How are you taking advantage of the extra hours of light this time of year? Do you like it, or do you already miss earlier sunsets?

Down here at the bottom of the world today was the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. I looked out of the window at 5:15 pm and it was already dark. It was a nice day though, bright and sunny and warm enough to sit outside.

I do enjoy the long summer evenings we get here in Tasmania. The twilight is longer here than in Adelaide and as it’s not so hot in summer it’s nice to have the extra time to be out and about. The week between Christmas and New Year is such a busy one in Hobart with yachts to see, the Taste of Tasmania and night cricket matches that we really need all that extra daylight. Or it’s nice to just sit outside and enjoy the long evenings.

I don’t mind the short winter days though. I don’t have to be up and on the bus in the dark any more but I remember that when I did I’d see the dawn breaking over the Huon River and as we’d climb out of the valley the sun would sometimes burst out from amongst the clouds and dazzle us. It would often be dark when I got home but it was warm and cosy inside with the heater on and  the curtains drawn.

That’s the nice thing about the changing seasons, there is always something to look forward to.

Late afternoon on a July day in Oatlands.
Late afternoon on a July day in Oatlands.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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