We had a partial eclipse here in Wales today. It was a clear blue sky that greeted the Snail and I as we headed to what has already become one of my favourite ways to start a day – an eclipse party breakfast. It is ironic that, in a land where the sun is not as regular a visitor as one might like, when there is a chance of a sunny spell it has to shine through the moon. C’est la vie, as they say, er, here.
Our lovely friends Linda and Graeme invited us to partake in an eclipse and then breakfast, so I bunked off work* and came home.
The weather was perfect as was the company. Can’t say the same for my pictures though! The one above shows that Britain wasn’t really “plunged into darkness” as some news-feeds suggested – it was just a bit darker than usual for half past nine in the morning. That picture was taken at close to the peak, but the tiny pathetic webcam on my tablet computer was still overwhelmed by the unfiltered light.
The mist waxed and waned as the temperature of the air cooled and warmed. On the way over from Chez Snail, the fog was thick enough to allow the start of the eclipse to be seen with the naked eye, which was quite incredible. It is a shame that the fog didn’t persist, in fact!
Close to the peak and the air was positively cold. The birds went to bed, unaware that in about two and a half minutes, they would be getting up again going “Wha’ just happened??”
Immediately after the eclipse, a little cloud started to form. It was followed an hour later by a lot of cloud. In my eyes, perfect timing!
And so to breakfast!
* Actually, time off in lieu, but it feels better somehow if you pretend you’re doing something slightly naughty.