When I was a kid, Dad was in charge of the mechanical clocks and I was his understudy…
One of the times when we moved … he had gone ahead, to Devon, and had arranged for a friend to collect us and get us to the train… on the Sunday when the clocks changed…
Mum, for the first time in her life… decided to put the clocks forward Saturday night… whilst I, in my role of Understudy, diligently moved the hands gently forward… by 1 hour…as I had been instructed.
Yep, all of us were up and about, blurry eyed having lost 2 hours’ sleep … and wondering where our lift was…
That has reminded me that I also got it the wrong way round and turned up many years back for a 1200 nursing shift 2 hours early.
Seek to remember that there used to be a time when the French and UK clocks changed on a different date leaving us with a 2 hour time difference for a day or so.
That is one of the advantages of not having to change the clocks on appliances.
It is odd how when we get a very short power cut how some appliances seem to manage to hold onto the time when others don’t.
Some will have a small capacitor to keep the clock running through short power outages, some don’t usually because the manufacturer is too cheapskate to spend the 0.5¢ that it costs to add.
On the subject of being an hour out because of the clock change something similar has caught me out on the overnight ferry - setting my alarm for an hour before the ship docks to allow time for breakfast the 'phone then latches onto a French mobile signal, automatically moves the clock an hour forward and leaves me wondering why t he restaurant is shut.
Personally I quite like the extra hour in bed in the autumn but hate having an hour less on the sunday in spring when the clocks go forward. Thus my proposal is to keep the autum change but drop the spring one.
Naturally this would have the slight disadvantage that we would gradually get out of sync with daylight hours so that, after 12 years we’d be completely 180° out of phase but that would right itself after 24 years. We’d be a full day out by then but the easy fix would be the addition of an extra leap day. So, naturally, we should start this scheme in a non leap year otherwise we’d need a February 30th to get back in sync.
I love summer time, this morning I was up with the lark, finished all the work on my terrace and it was only 9h30 !
To me the early hours in spring and summer are lovely, on bright summer’s mornings I am usually up before 6h00
Also heard the Cuckoo calling, back out now to do some gardening after a short break … enjoy your day everyone, rain is on the way for next week !