Saturday, 21 March 2015

Saturday

I finished yesterday's entry with 'but will the weather cooperate?' and the answer is ''no, it *^&;$£(***  well didn't!!'.   Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr . . .

It was such a shame, it was dull and cloudy all through the eclipse.  It got darker, but not particularly so as it was dull already and it certainly got colder but had it not been for live streaming, they would have seen nothing significant.  Then, to add insult to injury, the sun came out and it shone brightly for the rest of the day.  I dunno - the solar event of their lifetime and they missed it!

I remember the total eclipse of 1999.  I was on holiday, staying at Priestfield Grange, Old Brampon (in Willow Cottage) and I didn't go out that day, I stayed in.  It was awesome.  Such a shame my littlies didn't have  similar experience.
I still remember how the world hushed, everything went still, it cooled down and it was really rather spooky.  Awesome is the right word.

According to one cleric of some church or other, Armageddon has begun.  I can understand how, in the past, such unheralded, not understood, seemingly terrifying events aroused utter fear and terror in the hearts of onlookers and I shudder to think what acts of cruelty were perpetrated in order to appease such a deity as could cause the sun to go out. But nowadays . . . I doubt any deity would be quite so crude really.  I find the facts as we understand them now (which might be entirely incorrect in the light of future knowledge) far more awesome.

It's a busy day today.  I have eight for lunch.  Fortunately I have woken very early so have plenty of time.  The kettle has boiled and coffee is calling.  Better respond and then get going.


6 comments:

Sonja said...

Yes, such a shame about the eclipse - we had exactly the same weather situation as you did. So glad you were at least able to show the children via live streaming - not ideal, but better than nothing.
Sounds like you are in for a lovely, busy and happy weekend with your guests. Have a great time. :o) S.xxx

Diane said...

The eclipse here was a damp squib as we were covered by cloud it just got a little darker as though there was a storm due but that was it. As you rightly say it must have been terrifying to people in the past.

Frugal Queen said...

We had bright weather in Plymouth and special glasses for the students, they weren't bothered but the staff we amazed.

Joy said...

I envy you the perfect experience, Frugal Queen. We had the special glasses, the parental permission, the timetable all worked out . . . ah well, never mind, I'm sure they have seen it endless times on the telly last night. Never mind, Diane and Sonja - that's life, isn't it!
And it did turn very chilly!
J x

Annabeth said...

It did turn chilly and there was a hush, apart from the seagulls, and the light got quite Novemberish under the grey duvet.
It's a pity for the young, especially as your School was all prepared for it (shame on the ones that tried to ignore it!) only another 11 years to go ....

Joy said...

They will be 18 by then - I can't imagine them being 18!
J x