What pelicans know about cycles

Pelicans complete the same cycle each night
The pelican squadron

The hubster and I have gotten into a habit of walking on the beach at least a few afternoons a week. I’m still doing the beach boardwalk most weekday mornings – although it has been raining an awful lot up here over the last few weeks – but this is different.

We both work remotely back to corporate jobs in Sydney, so this is our way of finishing the day, putting a fullstop under it. And trust me, it’s a much more enjoyable way to end the day then the commute ever used to be.

It’s also one of the things I’m enjoying about not having daylight savings up here – and I never thought that I’d say that. With all my work and colleagues based in Sydney daylight savings raises a whole lot of issues. For the days that I work, I’m on Sydney time. Instead of logging on at 8.30, I’m on at 7.30. That means that at 5pm when the George St office is clearing out to head to buses and trains, it’s only 4pm here. On work days our house is full of conversations like:

‘What time’s your meeting?’


‘Is that Sydney time?’


‘So 2.30 ours.’


You should have seen us try and coordinate airport drop-offs with meetings and their time and our time the last time I had to be in Sydney. It wasn’t pretty.

We each run our work computers on Sydney time so the calendars don’t get confused, but man, it sometimes does my head in. But at the end of the day is a beach walk.

There are a lot of jokes urban myths reasons why Queensland has never complied with the other Eastern states and gone to daylight savings. It’s about the chooks, some say – they’ll go off the lay. Others say it’s about the cows and how it disrupts the milking cycle. Then there are the ones who think that the curtains will fade. Personally, I think it’s obstinacy, but after living up here, despite the hassles with timezone changes – especially when working or travelling to Sydney and Melbourne – I’m loving how not having daylight savings allows us to continue to tune into the cycles of the sun.

I’m a cycles girl from way back – hello, I’m an astrologer as well as a whatever else it is that I do. Since moving up here we shop seasonally at the markets, we eat locally, we cook according to what’s fresh.

We’ve also become more in tune with the tidal patterns, know the direction that our bad weather comes from, and tend to wake at first light.

I’ve become aware of the changes in the beach – from storms, onshore winds, tidal patterns. There are the cycles that bring seaweed into shore, and the ones that bring little jellies in on the tide. There are days when the beach appears to have a cliff in the sand, and then it’s gone. Some days the sand is so wet so far up the beach that it’s almost as though the tide changed it’s mind and retreated super fast.

On Monday afternoon we watched a pelican fly over – as it does at that time of the day every day – or rather at that time of the sun’s cycle every day. Then, a little further down the beach we saw the squadron – three pelicans that, you guessed it, fly over at the same time every day. They float up there in the sky until a fourth joins them – the way they do every day, and then at some point over the top of The Loo With A View, the first joins their little group and they head off together towards wherever it is they go each night.

It’s a pattern that repeats itself each day.

The pelicans don’t know about daylight saving, my dog doesn’t know about daylight saving when she starts asking for her dinner at the same time each night, the birds that start at 4.15am don’t know that it should be daylight saving.

As for me? I’m with the pelicans. There’s comfort in rituals, and there’s comfort in following the cycles – that, however doesn’t mean that I don’t wish from time to time that we could all be on the same time zone.

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27 Replies to “What pelicans know about cycles”

  1. Oh man! It would do my head in having to run a diary in a different time zone to where I’m living.

    Good on you guys and thank goodness you have that beach as a reward and motivator.

    SSG xxx

  2. I love daylight saving and I wish Queensland would come to their senses and align with the other Eastern states. I think it’s ridiculous that the sun rises so early and for most of us and we don’t take advantage of this because it’s too bloody early to get out of bed. I also like the idea of having more daylight hours at the end of the day so you can enjoy some outdoor activities, like a walk along the beach. But as you say the pelicans don’t seem to mind at all! #TeamLovinLife

    1. It does my head in, but I’m also appreciative of the cycle thing so can see both sides. When I’m in Sydney I love the daylight in the evening & up here I curse the early birds. Yet at the same time am loving knocking off “early”.

  3. I don’t mind the lack of daylight savings when you are out in nature but being woken up by the sun at 4.30am soon makes me swear in the morning and wish for it 🙂 I am lucky that I have somewhat flexible day job hours so if I wake up early I can just go to work early and finish slightly early, but it doesn’t really match up with the sun.

  4. So wonderful, Jo, that you live close to nature and notice the cycles of tides, birds, etc. We have daylight savings where I live. It doesn’t bother me to have or not to have it.

    1. I’ve never thought about it in the past. It’s only now that I’m juggling 2 calendars that it’s having any impact on me at all.

  5. It sounds like a nice way to end the day and that was something I struggled with when I wasn’t working…. on weekends it’s kinda okay to slink into a drink at 4pm or so (or for me into the bath) but I struggled with late afternoons when I wasn’t working.

    I’m in two minds on the daylight saving thing. I ‘get’ that it’d be nice to NOT have the sun up at 4am and I’ve always liked the idea of having more ‘hours’ of daylight at night.

    However… at the moment I’m finding myself thinking it’s earlier than it is and I’m stuffing about and suddenly it’s 6.30pm and I’ve not had my 60-90min bath reading ritual before cooking dinner and it’s thrown me a little. When I wasn’t working I liked it as there was no urgency to getting to bed or getting up the next day whereas now I like to be in bed earlier which means starting the rest of my evening earlier. (If that makes sense!)

    1. Yeah, I’d go straight for the wine at the end of the work day if I didn’t go for a walk. That defers my first glass until after 6pm lol. You’d still be adjusting to your new normal too…

  6. We’re in WA and they keep trying to foist daylight savings onto us. I hate it – we don’t need to get up an hour early – the sun is already up at 5.30am in Summer and the evenings are plenty long enough. So far we’ve managed to fight the “For” lobby but they’ll be back asking for another trial before I know it. Love your pelican walk to end the day.

    1. Yeah, our sunrise is about 4.50am at the moment, super early. I honestly don’t think I’d worry at all about it if I wasn’t juggling calendars & having to travel to Sydney. The early mornings don’t worry me – not really, and I quite like the sun to be down for dinner time.

  7. I would have to have two real clocks to know which time I am working in and living in. It does sound like you and the hub have found a rhythm to your days in your new place and that beats Sydney any time. I look forward to the day we are more settled even though we love living here (2 years ago this month) it may be too expensive for us to buy. Prices here have gone up from around 480K (this rental went for in 2014) to closer to $600K+.
    D x

    1. It’s amazing how much the market moves.As you know our move was made in response to some external factors that weren’t great, but in hindsight did us a favour. It’s the rhythm of life that we’re tuning into…wasn’t that a song in the 70s?

  8. Man Queensland has turned you into an ‘earth child’ or something. Love it though! I really like being tuned into nature and eating what is in season and all that stuff. It’s how it’s meant to be! As for daylight savings – I’m not sure how I’d feel if Qld every adopted it – but it does my head in and I’m always glad when it ends for other states and they are back on OUR time. #TeamLovinLife

    1. I’ve always had hippie tendencies. I’ve often said I’d like to do the whole commune thing – except that I don’t really like other people or being dirty lol

  9. I can’t imagine working in one time zone and living in another, it would completely do my head in. Not having daylight saving would probably do the same. I love having the lighter evenings in the summer to do things after work and also enjoy those darker winter evenings which are great for snuggling down.

    1. Let’s just say that the 2 timezones challenges one’s organisational abilities…and yeah, it does my head in, but I fake it well with my colleagues in Sydney…I hope none of them are reading this (claps hand to mouth too late).

  10. Love your pelican walk to end the day, and wow your schedule sounds tricky – being on two time frames would do my head in. It’s bad enough trying to work out what time it is in England when I phone my Mum each week. But daily – Wow. It must be good for your mind though!

    1. It actually is sort of good to keep the brain moving on different planes – even though it does do my head in at the same time!

  11. Thankfully, we only have this problem for a few weeks a year when my husbands family in the states have a different time for daylight savings that us because they change at different times. Organising more than a FaceTime call would be too much! I’m with you on following natural cycles – we should listen to nature.

    1. It seems ridiculous that places on the same side of Australia have different time zones for a few months of the year, but there you have it.

  12. We don’t have daylight saving over the the West either. Though they have trialed it a couple of times and then “the people” voted no. One thing I did like was that the mornings in summer were much cooler for walking, as it was an hour earlier, and in the afternoons I could garden after work. We have had a hot start to summer. How is yours shaping up? Have a wonderful weekend ahead and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

  13. As we live right on the border, we struggle with daylight saving and Qld time on a daily basis. My hubby works in Qld, so he runs on Qld time, but the kids and I need to be on NSW due to school etc. I know some local families who have children at schools on either side of the border, which not only means different start and finish times, but different school holidays!! Every time we make an appointment anywhere in this area or arrange a social meet up, we have to remember to confirm which time zone the other people are running on. It’s INSANE! I love DST, but I’d be happy to live without it if it meant we were all on the same bloody time! It really does my head in too Jo. #TeamLovinLife

  14. That pelican stuff is so interesting! I love how our magpies warble to us every morning at ridiculous O’clock. I don’t mind of course as I’m an early bird myself. It’s just comforting to know that there are other early birds out there getting their worms.

  15. Just discovered the LovinLife link up. Your post is making me hanker for a beach walk and awakening with the sun. We are off to our beach cottage in a few weeks (I’m in the USA), so it’s coming! Being on the beach regularly to understand the cycles sounds like pure bliss. I’ve just started to notice the moon cycle and it’s impact on me. Linking that with the tides and the seasons on the beach would be amazing.

    1. Welcome to Lovin Life. I’m an astrologer in my other life, so moon cycles are so good to keep an eye on. Thanks for reaching out.

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