Solar eclipse on Community Orchard

Friday 20 March 2015.  8.30am.  Community Orchard, Bath.

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Lots of cloud cover.  Lots of birdsong.  Peaceful and tranquil.

Oh, and some equipment: flask of morning coffee, cake to share, colander, chair and crochet.

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All ready to enjoy the partial eclipse in company.  If the clouds will allow.

Gradually people gather, until there are about 15 of us.  People working from home.  People not working.  Parents with young children.  A mixture.

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The light gradually fades and it starts to feel decidedly cooler. Miraculously, the clouds part just at the right place so we can see the partial eclipse develop, and it’s safe to watch without equipment.  If you look really really carefully, you might just be able to make it out in the photo, but it was hard to capture.  In real life it was very sharp and easy to see.

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Later the clouds really do open up and it’s far to bright to watch directly.  But one of us has brought a telescope so he can project it onto paper and we can all see clearly.  Beautiful.

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And then it was over.  We stood around chatting for a bit, and all left.  And the morning turned into a clear, light, bright and warm one.  Spring.  Lovely.

About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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2 Responses to Solar eclipse on Community Orchard

  1. lucyannluna says:

    Glad you managed to see the eclipse. It was completely overcast in Kent. We did manage to monitor the weather as part of the school project. The students were so disappointed not to see anything, it took ages to persuade them to return to lessons.


    • I know we were weren’t we! Daughter-out-law works in a primary school in London and they had the same experience as you did. Lots of very little children puzzled about what they were meant to be looking for and what they didn’t see! Oh well, only another 11 years to wait till it comes around again….


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