Over the past few weeks, the days in Scotland have gotten noticeably shorter. Right now, we’re having about 12 hours of sunlight and that’s being shortened by minutes every day. Now, to those of you stateside, 12 hours of daylight doesn’t seem like a very short day, but we arctic-circlers get quite used to the sun coming up long before we wake up and going down long after we’ve gone to bed.
During the long summer days of June-August, there were several stretches of days when I never saw it get dark outside. It’s a bit disorienting now to notice that the sun has gone down 3 hours before bedtime. And by the time December 21st rolls around, it will be pitch black by 4 pm.
Jonathan and I agree that the darkness of winter is way worse than the coldness, and we’re a bit apprehensive about the short intervals of daylight, especially with baby boy being born right on the cusp of it. But one of the perks of the days getting shorter is that I’m usually awake for the sunrise.
After a summer of waking up after the sun is up, once October hits, it’s like I’m totally rediscovering how beautiful the Scottish sky is when the sun comes out and fills it with orange light. This week, I’ve had to push my walks with Bailey back to about 7:30 to make sure it’s light enough to keep an eye on her during our off leash romps, and we’ve been rewarded with some spectacular sunrises.
I thought yesterday’s was pretty amazing, but today’s put it to shame.
Either way, I’m trying to enjoy these morning walks with Bailey while I can. At first, I was bummed when I had to swap jogging for walking, but now I’ve come to enjoy the slower pace and relaxation that can be found in a quiet forest first thing in the morning. Once baby boy comes, I know these little excursions will be quite rare.
Jonathan is pretty supportive and insists he’ll come home occasionally at lunch and stay home on weekend mornings to let Bailey and I have our one-on-one girl time while he bonds with baby. I sure hope this works out, because it really has been my favorite part of living in Scotland, and I’m pretty sure it’s Bailey-girl’s favorite thing as well.