I asked Sir Pe to buy me something essential for survival at this time of year. Can you guess what it is? Oh – and just to be really obvious – the manufacturer wanted us to know this:
Er… I know it’s not a toy. After all, I do know what it is I’m buying! But thanks anyway for the heads up!
So, time’s up… Yes – you’re right! It’s one of those reflective waistcoat-thingies (bet you didn’t know this was the official name!) that you wear so that you can be seen in the dark and pinned down by car headlights in the same manner as a deer stands frozen and visible in front of the hunters’ truck lights.
Sunday was the shortest day of the year, so that means lots of darkness and very little light. In fact, it has been pretty dark nearly all the time this month, with the sun rising at about 8 am and then dusk engulfing us already before 3 pm. That’s when it’s good to have a reflective vest thingy on: better pinned in the glare of the headlights than pinned to the pavement by a car that just didn’t see us on the walk back from school!
I think the months just went and got all muddled up! You see, November is normally grey and dismal, while December delights with its snow. However, November looked like this:
It charmed us with its snow and lots of glorious sunshine (around 60 hours in November). October shone with 100 hours of sunshine that month whereas December … well, December has been sent into the naughty corner with a dunce’s hat on its head. Normally, we get only 33 hours of sunshine this month – but with the snow, you just don’t notice as everything seems all white and light and fluffy.
This month the sun has been away on holiday – somewhere that isn’t here. Can you guess how many hours we have had this month so far?
A measly SEVEN hours!
No wonder we’re all losing our sanity!