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    Re: Solstice in twelve hours
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2015 Dec 21, 13:08 -0800

    Yippee!  Soon be spring again.  It’s funny how we seem to move into winter faster than we come out of it.  I think this must be because the clocks don’t go back in the UK until the Sat/Sun nearest 31st October, less than two months before the solstice, whereas they don’t go on again until the Sat/Sun nearest 31st March, over three months after the solstice.  Could this originally have been to allow extra daylight time to get the potato crop in??  When I was at school in the 1950s, the autumn half-term was still called ‘tatey bashin week’.  Thanks to easy World-wide transport, my local supermarket has potatoes of all varieties, including ‘new potatoes’, on sale all the year round.  I suppose that these days, with autonomous tractors and DGPS, you could gather them in the dark.  DaveP    

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