As from this weekend Winter is officially on the way! The clocks will go back on Saturday night (Well Sunday morning really) and our evenings will get progressively darker. This weekend too, The Fire Kills Campaign are asking us all to take a few moments when we change our clocks to keep ourselves and our families safe by testing our smoke alarms at the same time.
Did you know that if your smoke alarm is not working, statistically you are more than four times more likely to die in a fire. Yet only 50% of people who own a smoke alarm say that they test it to see if it is working on a regular basis. Testing the smoke alarm is kind of thought about as something to do ‘later’! So, as we are already all going to be changing our clocks this weekend, it’s a perfect opportunity for us to turn ‘later’ into ‘now’.
On a lighter note, for those who can never remember if the clocks go back or forward, simply say to yourself ‘Fall Back, Spring Forward‘ and you’ll remember it easily then.
The pros and cons of UTC, which used to be affectionately known as GMT or Greenwich Mean Time, as the really old among us referred to it, are many. DST is once again in the history book for 2008…. what’s DST, I hear you all mutter! However, in my thoughts, the one big pro is that because the evenings are darker, there is more ‘think time’, and this therefore takes you back to warmth and sunshine. It’s like a sort of withdrawal symptom… Cold Turkey… what is the old saying? Absence makes the heart grow fonder, or something like that. Earlier today I was thinking about our holiday back in the summer of this year. It was simply a case of finding something or somewhere warmer, sunnier, and where we could indulge ourselves in a little of what we enjoy.
On this occasion we broke with tradition and actually booked a ‘package holiday’ – shock, horror! In the end, we were more than pleasantly surprised though! You can have a read about our trip here.
Coincidentally this year the dark evenings have heralded the arrival of some pretty chilly conditions too. Mrs C is pacing around saying how cold it is. I wonder if there’s a psychological link between having less daylight during the working day and one’s perception of cold.
To add insult to injury, we’re off to Edinburgh this weekend, where I’m sure it will be even colder still.
Some may have read on our site that we are going to be exhibiting at The Manchester Baby Show in Manchester Central next month. It’s the first show we’ve done this year, but we’re looking forward to it and hope to see some of our regular visitors there. We had a great time up at Glasgow last year, so why not pop up and say hello!