This year, happily, Imbolc falls on February 3 which also happens to be my birthday. Happy birthday to me — I couldn’t ask for a better present. Imbolc marks the midpoint between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox, and here in Maine, we will now enjoy 10 hours of daylight, and more, daily. Today’s sunrise was at 6:54, and sunset at 4:52, and we’ll gain about 2 minutes a day through the Solstice.
I found this interesting graph on the University of Nebraska Lincoln website. I’ve been thinking off an on about making a chart demonstrating the day length, but Google spared me the effort of wrapping my brain around that exercise!
The increasing daylight is welcome any winter, but especially after Dan Man and I suffered through the Flu last week. (I strongly urge you to avoid this if at all possible, it was NOT PLEASANT.) We don’t have anything planted in the hoophouse, but soon (should have already done it!) I’ll start some leeks, and in the next couple of weeks I’ll venture out to the hoophouse to see if it is possible to do some bed preparation — and if yes, maybe I’ll be able to sprinkle a few lettuce and spinach seeds about. Spring is on the way.