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Guides News – June 2017

The season of autumn comes and goes in the flash of an eye. Before we know it, winter is upon us. So many people believe that winter is a dreary and drab time but this couldn’t be further from the truth here. Every season has its own significant beauty and winter is no different.

On the 21 June we experienced the winter solstice, a day marking the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. Solstice means ‘sun-stopping’ and marks the sun’s pause and then change in direction. It can be seen as when the sun reaches its furthest north position in the sky and starts moving further south. From this day forward the days become longer and nights become shorter until reaching the summer solstice, which occurs on the 21st or 22nd of December.

I love this time of year with its misty mornings and crystal clear night skies. Even though days get longer, the mornings seem to get colder as the land dries up. These bitterly cold mornings are spectacular before the heat of the sun burns away the cold and the day warms up considerably. And it’s actually now, at the heart of winter,, that we really see the landscape transform.