What's your favourite part of the day?

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So the Autumn begins to draw near, and the mornings are getting darker. Today was the first time I noticed it was dark when I rose, after my summer break, and french time clock differentials on holiday.

Sunrise today was at 6:15, by the the end of this week it will be at nearly 6:30.

I love getting up in the dark. I think I have reverse SAD, in that I love to rise early in the dark and come home in the dark.

A day like that lifts my mood, and just writing that makes me realise again what an introvert I am. Also early mornings are the only enjoyable time and practical time for me to research/study/reading.

If I were able to I'd go to bed at 8 p.m. and rise at 3 a.m, but that remains a rare ultimate holiday treat for me with my work schedule, and teenagers with sleeping patterns like vampires.

And over the next 2 months as I enjoy stealing away from my house in the dark, as my family sleeps, greeted by our dog in search of his breakfast, I can look forward to these books as my reading companions.

Coffee, candlelight, choral music, thinking and learning. At least until the sun rises and everyone else arrives later at the office. Who wouldn't want to get up in the morning? But if everyone did it wouldn't be the quiet and special time that is :-)

When is your favourite time of day and why?

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