Chasing the Sun
Spesh having told us she’d spent Thursday in the sunshine on the West side of the island (while we were under cloud all day) we decided to go chasing the sun today. And we found it, even if, at one stage, we had to run down the beach after it. Well, not exactly run, more sort of walk briskly. Well, not exactly walk briskly, more sort of stroll with the occasional stop to photograph the view or the shells but eventually we caught it. I had a super day out and shall blog some photos once I’ve downloaded he camera. Thanks GB for a great day out and a lovely lunch at the Old Schoolhouse (must check what it’s proper name is).
After a clear and sunny day and an early night I got up at 1 a.m. to go to the loo (too much information?) And decided I was awake enough to clothe my body for the outdoors and go to watch the meteors showering down from the sky. I haven’t seen shooting star for years. The Perseids,or to use an expression against which GB recently commented – The Perseids! Not! Or I might say The Perseids – haar, haar. Some of you might by now have seen where I am going with this.
Dictionary definition –
haar [pronounced hɑː]
noun (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) British English – dialect : a cold sea mist or fog off the sea. [related to Dutch dialect harig damp]
I went out of the front door and couldn’t even see the bird table or the house opposite, let alone the night sky. By the time I had finished a cigarette a vague breeze had sprung up and the mist had thinned enough to see the light in the house opposite. I could even see a very vague spot of lighter mist where the moon was. At least I assume it was the moon. By the time I’d put my distance glasses on it had disappeared again.
Another day /year perhaps…
(That was written at 2 a.m. – by 3 a.m. the mist had largely cleared and I was rewarded with five meteors. They occurred at intervals of 68 seconds, 40 seconds, 310 seconds, and 30 seconds and 62 seconds. None were very bright but there was still a faint wispy cloud over some areas of the sky in the direction I was looking. Then I decided I had seen enough and would just wait for one more. I gave up after fifteen minutes…)
Code from an English Coffee Drinker
About the only family blog I don’t generally follow is Son-in-law-who-cooks’ Code from an English Coffee Drinker. I feel guilty about this so sometimes I dip into it. But then I have to give up when I reach sentences like “So you can easily prototype an idea with an Arduino, record the prototype in Fritzing, and then generate a permanent version by printing and populating the PCB.” Sorry, Mark, but I’ll leave it to you….
Some Hebridean Flowers
So I don’t give you a posting without photos here are some of the flowers I’ve seen this holiday.
Northern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza purpurella)
Have a good day (please).