One of the reasons it’s so great to be back living in Lincolnshire is being able to enjoy the wonderful big skies. We were not very hopeful, though, of seeing much of today’s solar eclipse, as it’s been a bit overcast all week. This morning, however, was a picture perfect bright Spring day, so, armed with my home-made pinhole camera, I headed for the garden.
In good old Blue Peter style I used a cereal box for my camera and screen. My pinhole was made using a number 12 knitting needle – of course!
Then I popped inside to see how everyone else was getting on with their sightings on Twitter and found this amazing idea of using a colander!
The light was eerie as the eclipse reached its climax and it did get very chilly for a while.
I was reminded of the eclipse in 1999, when the children were little and we watched with our pin hole cameras from our Kent garden. That was a warm summer’s day, but the birds fell silent as the skies turned darker and a cool breeze blew. Sadly, my son won’t have seen much today down in London, though my daughter, who is currently skiing in the French Alps, may have caught a glimpse from the top of her mountain.
For those who didn’t manage to see the eclipse – enjoy the photos and maybe consider moving to Lincolnshire?!
I’m looking forward to seeing what’s made everyone else smile this International Happiness Day over at Planet Penny.