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Putting the clocks back this weekend

25 October 2019

The couple of sunny days during this week were probably one last reminder of the nicer weather we enjoyed earlier this year: perfect to throw open the doors of your orangery or conservatory one last time before Winter. It was also good news for those us spending time with our children during what was half term week in many parts of the country.

Whilst Autumn officially started on Monday 23rd September 2019, with the Autumn Equinox, the change of season feels most noticeable when the clocks go back. The dark mornings have been with us for some time and certainly make it harder to get going first thing so an extra of hour daylight will make a difference for those who start the day early.

Autumn orangery kitchen extension

Autumnal views of this orangery

Autumn orangery kitchen extensions

Looks cosy as the nights draw in

With end of British Summer Time this weekend, we thought we’d share some key facts about the changing of the clocks…

  • What is the point? To make better use of the light so that the day starts brighter for most. Effectively an hour of daylight is taken from the evening and transferred to the morning.
  • When did it start? During World War I, as a result of coal shortages: i.e. to help with energy consumption. May 1916 was when it specifically started here in the UK.
  • What is the impact? An extra hour in bed is the obvious answer!

Whilst more sleep is the desired outcome, we often tend to stay up later as a result so are we getting any more rest?

Freestanding oak garden room french doors

Year round use of this oak garden room

Oak orangery french doors & bi-fold doors

Throwing open the doors one last time!

For the record, we will gain our extra hour at 2am on Sunday, October 28th 2019. Your mobile phone and other computing devices such as a laptop or tablet should update automatically, but other clocks like your hot water boiler, oven and car, will need be updated manually – so here’s your gentle reminder!

If you’re not catching up on sleep, what else might be the extra hour be used for: entertaining friends, indulging in a favourite pastime or simply spending some time relaxing in your orangery, conservatory or oak garden room?

Bespoke conservatory with French Doors

Getting ready for darker evenings

Garden room with tiled roof from David Salisbury

Garden Room ideal space for entertaining

So the question we’re asking in this week’s blog is: do you think the clocks should go back or not?

Either way, we recommend a bit of family time in your orangery or garden room: taking in the autumnal views.

Remember, the clocks go back, not forward!


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Posted under 'Comment' by Barney on 25 October 2019

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