Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The Midnight Sun

One of my favourite things about the summer is the long summer nights.

I love how when I go to bed after 11 it's still a little bit light outside. I sometimes like to keep the curtains open a little too and look at the sky as it finally darkens, but the downside to this is that when the sun rises again a few hours later it wakes you up, so I don't do this too often!!

Up here in Lewis we are over 200 miles further north than where we currently live. Not really that far in the grand scheme of things, but far enough for it to make a difference in the daylight hours.

Here is stays light even longer, I would say about 45 minutes longer, which does make a difference. 

I took this photo from my bedroom window at 11.20pm last night.

I remember in the summer holidays when I was younger, my cousins, brother and I would stay outside playing on the croft until 11pm. Now my own boys are doing the same thing, although they haven't quite managed to stay out until 11 yet.

Of course, what it also means is that in the winter time it gets dark about 45 minutes earlier here too, but let's not think about that in the summer!


  1. many memories - I have a similar shot I took on Skye that I used to love bringing out and asking people what time of the day it was...they were always SO surprised when I said it was nearly midnight!

    Oh and I figured out after your comment that I did actually take the bridge to Skye - I was confusing myself with our ferry to Ireland..shows what ten years and the loss of a few mummy brain cells does to ya!

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time together :-) Meg

  2. Don't worry about baby brain! I was just thinking after I posted that comment that, firstly the bridge would have been there in 2000 and that you could still have taken the ferry as there is still a ferry runs to the south of the island!

    And I've been on the ferry to Ireland too. It's very similar. Just a bit faster and nowhere near such a rough crossing!

  3. When we went to Lewis, we went via Skye - shorter, less boisterous crossing, we were told, and I was 6 months pregnant. Both crossings were perfect, especially the return one, heading towards Skye - it was gorgeous.


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