Thursday 30th January 2020

Daylight Saving. Like or Loathe?.#ltw4 366/277.

Daylight Saving. Like or Loathe?.#ltw4 366/277.

As of yesterday, Sunday 2 October 2016, these parts of Australia are taking part in Daylight Saving until the weekend of 2 April 2017:

  • New South Wales
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria

Other states and territories which do not take part are:

  • Queensland
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory

img_6850 There were referenda about Daylight Saving when it first started in (from my memory 1973?) in N.S.W. and it commenced (then) in the last weekend in October and concluded in last weekend in February. I liked it better then. I am not sure when the other states came on board nor when it went to 6 months of the year. I also recall that during the Sydney Olympics in 2000 it commenced to co-incide with the Games start in mid- September. I am sure, dear readers, that if I am incorrect, you will let me know! The prompt today is about Like/Loathe Daylight Saving and I had some initial thoughts on this which are here:

  • I liked it better when it was for 4 months
  • I always find it much harder to deal with the final month of DLS – maybe it’s an end of Summer thing and I am waiting for the heat to have gone too
  • I do not mind some time at the end of the day with daylight for pottering in the garden or visiting the beach for a walk when it is cooler
  • I do find my body takes time to adjust both at the beginning and the end
  • I try to remember the time differences/changes in Australia when dealing with, say, a company in Queensland and know that their hours are different to ours. My hub’s Uni is in Qld and he needs to take into account their hours when trying to make contact.

clock-147257_960_720 I did not want this post to be ‘all about me’ so I put the question to Facebook and got many more responses for the ‘like’ than the ‘loathe’ and here’s some! Likes:

  • I love daylight saving..I wish they had it all year. I hate leaving work in the dark!
  • I love Daylight Saving but I agree with you Denyse 4 months is better. I spend the first and last months complaining about it as it doesn’t really work.
  • I love it. I love having more daylight at the end of the day. Wish we could have it for longer, like we did when Australia hosted the Olympics.
  • Because without it the sun would rise in Melbourne about 4.30-5am in summer!
  • I love daylight saving. It’s when I spend the most time with my neighbours…late afternoon drinks in the front yard while all the kids play cricket together. Love getting home from work while it’s still light too
  • I love it! So much more you can fit in the day! I have a friend though who is a dairy farmer and hates it. Reckons it was invented by public servants so they could mow their lawns after work.
  •  I love daylight saving. Was never a problem when the kids were smaller as I always tended to run off the daylight hours rather than a clock anyway. It was especially good when my hub was working in the city and not getting home until 6pm. It meant he could still have a play with the kids outside or go for a swim. I think a lot of people make a bigger deal out of it than it actually is.
  • I’m in Sydney and I would love for the time to be moved to Daylight Saving time permanently, ie all year round. I think having daylight hours at the end of the day is far preferable to the beginning.
  • I LOVE daylight saving but unfortunately in this state (WA) we don’t have it! So it’s 4am sunrise and 7pm -ish sunset. It never played havoc with my kids because they had blackout curtains and slept 11 hours no matter what.  So enjoy it NSW, I’ll be jealous when our summer BBQ’s and swims outside are ending because its getting dark!
  •   Love it! It means I am guaranteed to get out for run in the evening after hubby gets home from work, even if he is running late.
  •  I wish we had it in Qld- my early risers do not need any more encouragement to be up with the sun (at 4  thirty am!)
  •  We don’t have it in WA. I’m trying to express my feelings about this without swearwords, but it’s proving difficult. I probably used them all up when the State voted no, because they said it would fade the curtains and upset the cows.

Love the outdoors time!

  •  I’m glad we don’t have it in Qld. I think it’s completely pointless. We already have the sun out until 7 pm anyway.
  • I love not having daylight saving –  yes I’m a WA person Just annoying to call friends in other states Sun rises early enough and sets late enough without adding an extra hour to the day
  • Hate it for the fact I want the whole east coast on the same time zone, no matter what it is. We now have 6 months of people ringing right on the kid’s bedtime. Completely an insignificant issue but… argh!
  • To tell you the truth I am pleased we don’t have it in Queensland… it is light so early no matter what, and I would never see my hub as he wouldn’t be home until 7.30 – 8 pm every night… while other people may enjoy playing golf until all hours… it kills family life for those in the industry… we have to stay open from daylight to dusk and so many people play early in the morning due to it being cooler… whereas afternoons aren’t usually as busy as it is so hot… maybe I am just getting old… but I love our evening swims and walks… I would miss them.
  •  It’s useless trying to work after 2pm anyway because I can’t get hold of anyone over on the east coast
  • Yes! That! And the east coasters who don’t realise how far into the future they actually are, and call at 5am WST.
  •  In my opinion Daylight saving lasts for too long. It begins too early, plunging the mornings back into darkness, and once school is back, it just drags on and on. Towards the end we are rising in the dark again. In Central West NSW we have days of 40+C, and no relieving sea breezes or for that matter, no sea! The sun is still blazing as we try to eat dinner and it is never much of a pleasure to cook. Maybe if we just ran it in December and January when most people have holidays and time off from work it would be enough.

Can be a challenge getting kids to bed!

Thank you for your helpful comments for this discussion post about Daylight Saving. Now, what about you, dear Readers….Like or Loathe? Or, perhaps somewhere in the middle. This is probably where I sit these days too! Denyse. life 150 Thanks for linking up ( I hope you have!) whether it’s about the prompt or not!

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  1. I wish we had it in Queensland as it’s so light so early. Plus confusing that the southern states are an hour ahead for several months.

    I’ve strayed a little from the topic today – didn’t think I could sustain at least 300 words about Daylight Saving! So I’m talking about having become a morning person. Kinda. Or at least temporarily!

    • It does seem to a split with Heat and light plays a factor too. I hear you on the inconvenience especially in the tourist areas which are so close to NSW border. I love that you are enjoying mornings! I hope it continues as it sounds like you can do a lot more in your day! Cheers!

  2. I’m with Deb! I hate it when the majority of other states in Australia are on daylight savings and we here in Qld are not. The time difference is a pain in the butt! This is the first time I’ve linked up Denyse as I’ve only just become aware of your linkie. My post is off topic but hope that is ok. xo

    • Hi Min, I have had the link-up going for since the beginning of Sept and it has been good. I am glad you found it. I hear you on the inconvenience time-wise for Qld and other states, particularly your neighbour NSW. Off topic and old posts are more than welcome! I do the prompts for me anyway and when others find them helpful they do too. The full list is on home page and in a week or so I will add those taking us up to year end! Thanks so much for linking up today. D x

  3. LOVE IT!! Love the long days. Love the possibilities it brings. Takes me a while to get used to darker mornings again but it all works out in the midst of summer. LOVE LOVE LOVE daylight saving.

    • So, Leanne, I am not quite certain…you LOVE DLS right??!! Hope your little holiday in QLD is not too confusing then…LOL!! Cheers, D x

  4. My hubby is an interstate truck driver based in Queensland and travels into NSW all the time. The time difference is a nightmare to manage.

    • Oh how it would!! Does he have two watches? It is a challenge that is for sure. I recall someone suggesting maybe the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast could follow DLS as in NSW but then again..even more confusion maybe. Thanks for sharing your story.

  5. Nope. Not a fan. There are days in a qld summer where you are praying for the sun to go down and it’s already light until 7pm! I think it works well for other states though. I’m not sure why a one hour time difference is such a bad thing.

    • Thanks Tory, I hear you on the light and heat and I have only visited Qld in Summer once. I did find it got dark quite early though from memory. But then again, I am from NSW. The one hour difference is noticed for those who live in one state but work or go to school in another. I have a friend who lives in Qld but her teacher hub works in a NSW school.

  6. I do love daylight saving, but I had forgotten about putting kids in bed when it’s not dark. I am sure they will tell me too. I love that extra sun shine at the end of the day.

    • I think that going to bed when it’s light will affect me and hub this time round!! We have become used to retiring to our respective beds and bedrooms for telly and chilling out and it’s likely to be light!! The thing with the longest period of it being light at bedtime is that its school hols so may not as noticeable because you are not in routines as much.

  7. I don’t have any strong feelings one or the other about daylight savings. It just happens. My husband loves it and my parents hate it! I guess I’m in the middle too.

  8. I always take a while to adjust to it. I just don’t like extra heat ever and I guess that it’s my perception it’s hotter in the arvo and for longer and cooler and darker in the mornings. It must be nice for families that don’t get to see each other until the evening to have time together if they want.

  9. It was such a pain when I worked in Perth and we didn’t have daylight savings. I was constantly having to remember that the east coast was three hours ahead and there was no point calling anyone after 2pm because they would have all gone home.

    • Oh yes that would have been a nuisance for sure. My blog is hosted by iinet in WA but they have an early start in hosting for us east coasties!

  10. I’m halfway yes & no. I think it goes for too long & I hate the disparity between the states. Plus, when my boss is in KL, my available time to talk to him is reduced to just 3 hours a day. When we were in Queensland last January, it felt somehow right to not have it…but on the other hand, I like coming home in the daylight.

    • It is a mixed bag for me too Joanne. We live in a big country so the time differences are always there but it seems more so when it’s DLS.

  11. I’m on the fence with daylight savings although I must admit I do love the long summer days!

    • I am too but long Summer days are no good for me if the temp is in the mid to high 30s! Last Summer we had too many of them here in NSW!!

  12. I am kind of glad we don’t have it in WA, mind you the kids do get up extra early in the summer!

  13. I love the extra sunlight. I love gaining the extra hour in winter, but I am not such a big fan of loosing an hour…

  14. Loathing end of daylight saving, living here in North Queensland.Difficult to please everyone. But thank you showing the ‘for’ and ‘against’.

  15. I love love love daylight savings, more time for outdoors adventures!

  16. I do like DLS but it does take me and the family a little time to adjust at either end. My two eldest were born on Sundays when DLS ended (Gilbert) and started (Matilda) which made for interesting delivery room conversation! The early onset of DLS back in 2000 for the Sydney Olympics (I believe it actually started in late August that year) was weird but it allowed us to hold our wedding at 4pm on 1 October and get some stunning photos afterwards! I do think it needs to end earlier though as I’m always sick of it by the time it ends in April. But since DLS has been connected to many important events in my life I would never wish it away completely!

    • They are VERY precious memories and reasons to like DLS. I hear you on the ‘getting used’ to it though. I am always a bit put out myself! I can imagine the delivery room convos re “time” of birth too!! Loved this!

  17. When we first moved to Perth they were trialing daylight saving. I loved it. The locals hated it and didn’t vote for it to continue.

    I don’t enjoy the 3 hour time difference one little bit. Especially when work phone calls can start from 7am NSW time. I also end up emailing and texting everyone in the early hours of the morning.

    Like now, linking up this post at 11pm here in Perth which is 2am your time.

    • It is like another country away when DLS is on for the 6 months isn’t it? I didn’t not realise it had been trialled there. Linking up by Thursday at 5pm (Sydney time) is fine! Glad you did link up too.

  18. I love daylight savings and I’m deeply traumatised when it ends. So far, no issues with putting Miss L to bed, although that might change when it’s not so overcast!

  19. Honestly, it would make more sense to have daylight savings during winter when it gets dark early anyway. I do like the fact that we have light till 8 in summer but it would be nice to have light till 6 in winter at least! It creates havoc with my sleep though…I’m still struggling with the shift this week and I’m hungry really, really early!

    • Oh yes, I am finding the transition hard and you must be doing it even tougher with moving and a new job! Good luck for better weeks ahead.

  20. I’ve experienced daylight savings here in Qld only once but have lived through it when I’ve lived interstate. I just can’t understand why they don’t have at least the east coast of Australia all on the same time zone in summer. It just doesn’t make sense. It’s such a pain when it comes to business. Thanks for hosting Denyse!

    Anne xx

    • I think Queenslanders must have voted not to have DLS after the they tried it? I know WA did. I am glad you found the link up this week Anne!