Yes, your understanding is right! The daily change is very little at first, accelerating until the equinox, then slowing again until the Summer solstice. In fact, at this latitude, we never reach four minutes a day - at least, I don’t think so. Certainly the biggest daily jump Bristol will see in 2015 is 3 min 58s, which is at the equinox. I don’t know if it’s possible some years for this to be beaten, or if you live in the North of the UK (I’m thinking, logically, if there is “midnight sun” within the Arctic Circle, then more northerly regions must extend their day length at a faster rate for this to be possible.)
I did find a brilliant website that explained all this really clearly (I think it all has to do with the tilt of the earth), but it being past 1:30 a.m, and me having MS and all, I can’t remember it. It’s very interesting - if you like that sort of thing. If I have a booze-addled flash of inspiration in the next few days, about where I saw it, I will post the link. Of course, if you Google, I’m sure you can find out about it for yourself, but some explanations are clearer than others!
Yep, unfortunately we’re not going to have an appreciable daily change for quite a while yet - in fact, mornings keep getting darker for another few days. But psychologically, I do find it helps to know today was longer, even though I can’t tell the difference (yes, I too will have to trust what I’m told, as I haven’t got an accurate enough clock in the house, nor a view of the horizon, to confirm it).
Yes, I am dreading January and February - usually colder than before Christmas, despite the lengthening days, and also my favourite time of year for relapses. Not had a confirmed one for ages, but always feel nervous this time of year, and wonder if I’ll wake to find my feet or other random parts of me have broken off diplomatic relations, like last time.
Let’s hope not! I’m gulping down the vitamin D.