One of the lovely things about Australia is the abundance of light. The sun shines long and hard here. While its rays are often overwhelming in the dead of summer and feeble in the heart of winter, during spring and autumn at certain times of the day. they cast the most wonderful warm glow over the countryside.
Instead of a rapid descent from light to dark at the end of the day, that wonderful ‘golden hour’ has started to arrive…
There’s something magical about that last hour of sunlight. It’s often still and calm and I always think the world looks like it’s been ever so slightly gilded. It’s one of my favourite times to go wandering – the birds are beginning to roost for the evening and countryside seems to drink up the cool shadows of the setting sun.
Adam and I are lucky enough to have open space and tiny bit of farmland near us and I love watching the bush quietening down after the day, or resident cows in the paddock up the road from us tucking into their final mouthfuls of grass.
We recently had dinner with some friends at a property just outside of town. Our arrival coincided with golden hour and the way the low-slung sun cast its rays, at the end of their tree lined driveway reminded me of that mythical pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The pastel sky that accompanied was also pretty darn lovely.
When I’m out during golden hour I feel like my senses are slightly heightened as well. It’s as if my awareness of the incredible light around me makes me pick up on all the other things around me. The scent of eucalyptus in the gum trees, the sound of critters scurrying through grass and the taste of someone’s dinner cooking in a nearby kitchen.
Although I relish the coziness of hunkering down for the evening during the cooler weather, I’m also equally now enjoying those extra minutes of daylight. It feels like bonus time to enjoy in between the end of the working day and the start of night time rituals: a time to walk, to read, to pour oneself a drink and just sit and stare.
What’s your favourite time of the day?
Have a wonderful week. x