An Almost Total Eclipse!!!

by Kate on March 24th, 2015 | house and garden | No Comments » |

It was a beautiful sunny morning….

So …I dragged myself from my sickbed the other day to hang out my newly washed sheets as my daughter, bless her, had changed my bed in an attempt to make me feel better….

As I hung out the bottom sheet I saw that the sun, shining through the cotton, was at least half missing!!!

An eclipse, what a surprise… just shows how poorly I’ve been .. I hadn’t realised it was happening today… right now… in front of my eyes!!!!

I fetched my mobile phone and a pair of sunglasses but it was really too bright to take a picture.. I hesitated, then thought I would take pictures anyway… if they were no good I could delete them and if they were only half good – well they would be for my eyes only and I would know what they were…


At this point the eclipse was almost done and there was just a smile shape showing at the bottom of the sun.


On this one I don’t know if you can see but the smile shape is in my trees, upside down, and is a luminous green!


Here we have the shape again with a red glow…


.And here, projected onto the garage roof

I know, because my son has explained it to me that this is caused by ‘lens flare’ – but I think the photos are really interesting – the picture of the sun doesn’t show that it was eclipsed yet the ‘lens flare’ shows it perfectly.

Well I was impressed anyway so I thought I would share them!!

Well it’s been a while……

by Kate on October 28th, 2014 | diary | No Comments » |

But I’m still here…

Still working hard too! I passed my Marina Operatives Course and even got my Helmsman Certificate! Yes I can now officially drive a narrow boat. It’s a bit scary but with more practice I’m sure I’ll be fine.

I have also just completed my Canine Psychology Course and passed with a distinction!! Another proud moment!

And… I have a new grand-daughter – she is four weeks old and absolutely beautiful.

So – hopefully I can be forgiven for neglecting my blog?

Hopefully I’ll find more time for it from now on!!


I’m Back (well nearly…)

by Kate on April 13th, 2013 | diary | 4 Comments » |

It’s been a while I know, but there have been many issues that have kept me away…

Not least the constant rain and flooding affecting my home and garden – none of which is covered by my insurance. The estimates for repair are huge and as you can imagine – happy blogging was not on my agenda. And there will be no pictures of the damage – I hate my home looking like a building site. One day it will be sorted out – if the rain keeps off!

Add that to my trusty laptop giving up the ghost which meant that I had to get a Windows 8 machine – that’s been a bit of a learning curve and I’m still having problems uploading photos from my Android mobile – they are always the wrong way up!

Alfie had an accident a month ago – my daughter came home in the middle of the day to check on the dogs and found him with a large cut on his hind leg exposing  the muscle. The vet kept him overnight and stitched him up but he has had to lead a very quiet life while it heals…



He has been proper poorly! He says…..


Also managed to decorate my bedroom – that was long overdue – and its amazing how a lick of paint and some nice wallpaper can lift your spirits!



That’s the wallpaper – it has glittery bits in some of the flowers!

It looks so different from the purple walls of before, where I had just covered up the previous owners paper when I moved in while I sorted some of the other rooms.

So – this is really a test post – just to see if the photos stay the right way up!