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