Our sunrise varies between 7 in winter and 5 in summer, while sunset is between 5 pm and 7 pm (ignoring daylight saving, that is). By late August, the sunrise is a minute earlier each day, and sunset is a minute later, so clearly we are over the hump. After October 20, the pace slows down.
|An image from my book, Australian Backyard Earth Scientist. This shows sunset movement, close to the solstice.|
By late August, the signs of spring were all round us. Suburban parents send their younger children out wearing plastic ice-cream containers on their heads, with two eyes drawn on the back. Magpies are beginning to stake out their nesting territories, and children can be pecked on the head quite painfully.