It’s no good. We all want to move to Switzerland. The real deciding factor is not that we miss our Master, which of course we do. No, it’s the length of the days. Our Mistress hates the winter months in England and to be fair the rest of us can see her point. I know it’s only October but the days are beginning to get much shorter and darker. Already where our Master lives gets 14 minutes a day more daylight than we do and that difference is only going to get more as we head further through the year. We don’t mind that we’d lost some of the long summer nights – to be fair we tend to sleep through quite a bit of that. It’s the daytime we’d like to feel like day really. How do the Scandinavian’s cope?
If any of you live further north than we do, how on earth do you cope with the winter darkness? It’s bad enough here at the end of the year when it’s dark by 3.30 in the afternoon. We can’t imagine what it’s like to have it dark even earlier than that.
An odd year
Having said all that, this year does seem to be a little odd. It still hasn’t done much in the way of raining here. Wilma says there really isn’t as much mud as she’d been hoping for. Most of the trees are hanging onto their leaves longer than you’d expect and we’ve still got sunflowers in bloom. Our Mistress has to put her winter tyres on the car in a couple of weeks because of going to Switzerland, but she really doesn’t need them here at the moment. The more years I live, the more I realise that this whole pattern of the seasons I was led to expect isn’t quite as normal as people would have me believe! The only thing that seems to happen reliably is the days getting longer or shorter depending on the time of year.
I’m going to lie by the window and watch to see if any leaves fall off.
Have a great day
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