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Don’t wish away the winter—she won’t be here for long

The lengthening nights are a casket of wonders, if one only makes an effort to observe them

By Cal Flyn   November 2018

The nights are drawing in. Illustration: Kate Hazell

After our long, sultry summer it’s been hard not to view autumn and now the encroaching winter as the end of something; the closing of a chapter. And we’re never more aware of it than at the closing of each day: the nights are drawing in.

As I write, I can see the sky in its nightly transformation: at first a watery blue edged with primrose, narrow fingerlike clouds in violet lining up over the hills of Fife, while higher up…

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