I've kept this blog, on and off, since 2006. In 2015 I used it to chart daily encounters, images, thoughts and feelings about volcanic basalt/bluestone in Melbourne and Victoria, especially in the first part of the year. I plan to write a book provisionally titled Bluestone: An Emotional History, about human uses of and feelings for bluestone. But I am also working on quite a few other projects and a big grant application, especially now I am on research leave. I'm working mostly from home, then, for six months, and will need online sociability for company!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Here comes the sun

Twice a year, there is a period of a few weeks when the sun appears above our neighbour's roof, but lower than the eaves over my study windows. When there are no clouds, it can be bright enough for me to lower the blinds on the window.

Today is the first day I've noticed this effect since autumn. The sun's a bit pale and weak, and the sky looks a bit anaemic, but I can see the shadow of my own head on the floorboards.

So, we are past the winter solstice; the coldest average day of the year is past, too.

Bring on spring.

Not that I'm hastening my life away, you understand. If anything, I'm trying to slow it down, just to feel that sun on my face.

1 comment:

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

My eye-line for the seasonal sun pendulum is the Semaphore jetty (I'm sure we have walked out to the end of it at least once), where you can watch the sun set into the sea well to the north in winter and then watch it swing back south as the season shifts.

We have sun today here too. Tomorrow will be even better, which is why I have picked it as the day to drive over to the old home town to investigate the well again and look for little Tom's grave. As for Spring, I am in the process of a brief post about it myself, with a floral theme.