In a word: Gloom
One of the problems with hand-washing clothes is that it is difficult to get the rinse water out. These garments had been on the line for days and they were rigid as cordwood. Clothes must be hung with care in winter: where they are folded over the line, they often freeze together so must be pinned with the minimum of contact. If it is too cold, the pegs break before you can free the garment.
A daily chore was to brush the solar panels free of snow. Having the panels a small distance from the house means I lose a bit of power. But they are in the sunniest spot of the yard, and having them on the ground means I can keep them clear.
The sunrise beauty is no longer over the mountains but is seen through the bay window in the south east. Although we are a month from the shortest day, the sunrise and sunset points will not change a great deal before they start heading back again.
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