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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Light

The most fantastic thing about living in the far north is the light.  It is also the worst thing.  When I first lived here I lived in a tent, with kerosene lamps.  Kerosene lamps don’t throw much light.  In the dark of winter when light comes around ten a.m. and leaves around 4 p.m. I grew to hate Kerosene lamps.  When they work well you can barely see.  When they don’t work well they smoke up the chimney and you really can’t see. 

Now I live in a house.  We have electric lights and lots of windows.  And I still remember how much light means to me.  Even with all the artificial light available I miss light during winter.  I crave it, I get depressed because it is missing. 

It is spring now.  It is light when I wake up at 5:30 in the morning and still light out when I look out my window around 9:30 at night.  It will get lighter by about two minutes every day.  I love that light.  And with the spring light comes sunshine – rays of sun, giving strength and happiness.  Oh I love light!

Janet

9 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! You used to live in a tent - in that temperature - Brrrrrr!

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  2. Wow!!! I thought I did it hard when we were in the tent for the past 2 plus weeks, had a cyclone one night, freezing fog, condensation, and cold air beds. How big was your tent, was it double layer canvas?were you in it during the winter? I will now review my idea of our holiday, and realise it was not too bad at all, and the best part, we came home to a bed, running water, and a floor that had carpet and vinyl.Cheers from Jean in NZ.

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  3. Love your new header photo...beautiful....and I love the light too! Can't wait until it stays daylight until about 8:30 at night....that is my favorite time to work in my flower beds.

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  4. Here in the UK we put our clocks back recently, and it has made SUCH a difference... as a night worker I SOOO identify with your love of light... it does get light here in the winter months ...but ... it is a gloomy light... so this time of year is SO wonderful xx ps you can get these fancy lights that are supposed to help... not tried one xx

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  5. I'm amazed that you lived in a tent over there with all that ice and cold... what an interesting life you have led...
    Hugz

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  6. I hear that if you use DAYLIGHT bulbs in your house during winter time it helps keep the depression away as well.

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  7. I agree Janet - it's so nice when the days start to get noticeably longer, and we see daylight at both ends. Ours aren't as long yet as yours, and won't catch up before the summer solstice. We've experienced the 24-hour day, but not the 24-hour night - not sure I could handle that! Enjoy the LIGHT!

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  8. Wow! A tent! I mentioned in another commment that I envied where you live, but I must say that I'm not sure I envy living in a tent where you are! lol

    I would be very much interested if you would or could share more of living in the Yukon. I haven't gotten to check out all of your blogs so maybe you already have shared that info. If you have could you point me in the right place to read about it? I would be very grateful.

    I think I'm going to have to thank Julie for introducing you today. :) Have a great weekend! And Happy Easter.

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  9. I can't imagine not having sunlight for so long! We will soon be in the depths of winter but I think we still have about ten hours of sunlight then!

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