"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Saturday, January 08, 2011

Hibernation?

Unlike some of my fellow bloggers, this is definitely not my favourite time of year. I dislike the long, dark evenings more with every year that passes and snowy, icy days seem to mean that everyday routines take longer and require more effort. Ploughing round the snowy field and valley  with Paddy  for our morning constitutional uses extra muscles, which of course, is probably a benefit and he seems to love it, but it takes just that little bit more effort to get out there in the first place.
On the bright side, the shortest day has come and gone, which means that we are now on the way to Spring. Agreed, we are taking the scenic route; it isn't going to happen overnight and we could have a few more bad weather episodes to get through first but, it's getting closer...
There are times, though, when I wonder if maybe the bears get it right. Hibernation could be the way!

4 comments:

  1. In agricultural Britain through past ages, I think there really was a sense that people "hibernated", adjusting their winter sleeping patterns to the shortening of days. Conversely, in the summer, when there was more work to do, people would go to bed later and get up earlier. It's only in this modern age that we try to run our lives without reference to seasons or the changing lengths of days. That isn't natural and I am sure it has an impact upon society's general well-being.

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  2. Of course, YP. In the days before electricity, lack of adequate light determined people's daily routines. Good, that makes me feel so much less guilty about staying in bed later these mornings. ;)

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  3. I recall that QI mentioned that sheep farmers in rural France used to hibernate during winter. Wish I could remember the details!

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