Daylight saving is coming to an end this weekend in NSW. I love daylight saving over the summer, actually I just love summer and all it has to offer. So this Saturday (or Friday) is the perfect time to watch the sun rise as it will be the latest time in the year. Even today’s first light was 6:42am and sunrise was 7:07am. Before you know it we will have accustomed ourselves to the new time and we won’t feel like dragging ourselves out of bed.
We have done it numerous times and you can see by the photos (the first one being 2004) that we have been doing it for years. The kids were usually awake at 6:30am anyway when they were young, so we would grab some blankets, organise the clothes the night before and most times even do a sneaky trip to McDonalds for takeaway pancakes or whatever. We’ve had a few disappointments when it has been overcast or raining, so have just stayed home and had breakfast in bed (again something special). We are lucky to live close to the beach so we’ve seen some magnificent sunrises – I think they are best when there is some cloud. I’m sure where you live there is somewhere high enough or with a vista to see the sun rise.
For us it’s always about creating memories and doing something “out of the ordinary”. It’s not like we jump out of bed every morning to see the sunrise, but it has created a desire in our girls to appreciate the sunrise. Just last year I woke and was checking out my Instagram and came across a fantastic sunrise – to my delight and surprise it was one of the girls. She had woken early and peaked out the window and the sky was bright pink, that was enough for her to jump in the car to go and watch the sun come up over the ocean. She said she didn’t want to disturb us – I don’t have a problem with that and I continued to snuggle in bed (that’s a good reason to follow your kids on social media – it allows you to keep track of them haha).
I’ve included a photo of a sunrise at Gerroa on the South Coast – one our favourite places. This was taken in July – the air is so crisp and clear in winter.
So if you decide to head out at 6:30am or even earlier to catch the last snippets of summer please let me know. Your kids will love it just for the pure adventure and eating breakfast outdoors (even if it is McDonalds – go on twist their arms, I’m sure you could convince them have to have McDonalds for breakfast).
Enjoy the Easter break and the school holidays.
Love Chris ♥