The Clocks were put back by 1 hour last night. Did you remember?
Regular readers will probably be aware that I have an intense aversion to the bizarre ritual of tampering with the clocks. It happened again last night, when at the appointed moment, all the clocks in the land (including our house) were put back by 1 hour to revert to GMT. I do not have a problem in March when sanity returns and we reinstate BST, but the October absurdity causes me, and I am sure thousands of others around the UK, a complete disruption of physical routines and sleep patterns. Last night was no exception. For some unknown reason I woke thinking that it was early morning. It was not. A glance at the bedside clock confirmed that the tinkering had taken place and it was only 12:06. After a period of tossing and turning, I eventually went back to sleep.
When my body clock woke me I assumed that it was sometime between 04:00 and 05:00, which is the usual starting time for my day. After a few moments of motivating myself to move, I rose without even bothering to check the clock.
On arriving in the kitchen, I was stunned to see that the kitchen clock was showing 03:09!
We have another five months of this to endure added to the dark at 3:45pm, the almost sinister mist and fog, and the cold and frosty mornings. The only "bright spot" to look forward to is Christmas. I am not and never have been a "winter person" and eagerly await the night when BST is restored. When that happens on Sunday 26th March 2017 (which is, incidentally Mother's Day) may the "powers that be" decree that BST is the set time for the UK and that no further meddling with the clocks will be necessary.