Sunday Salon: Eclipse and other fun times

The Sunday SalonWe seem to have packed in a fair bit of the fun stuff over the last few days, which means I’ve done almost no reading. I should probably feel worse about that, but frankly I woke up far too early today to feel bad!

On Friday Tim and I watched the solar eclipse from Castle Park in central Bristol. A fairly large crowd had gathered, with people from Bristol Astronomical Society and @Bristol bringing along lots of fun telescopes and pinhole cameras to view the Sun through and BBC Sky at Night had brought a bunch of eclipse-viewing glasses. It was pretty cloudy but we could see the eclipse really well and it was great to share the experience with a big crowd. I’d made a homemade pinhole for my own camera and got some half-decent photos.

Local press got a pic of me and there’s even a brief glimpse of me in this video about the eclipse!

Yesterday we went to Bristol Zoo with friends. It’s not exactly a once-in-a-decade-or-so experience like the eclipse but it’s always fun. We usually go on cold, wet days to avoid the crowds so yesterday’s sunshine meant a different subset of animals from usual were active and playful. I particularly liked this hyperactive penguin.

Now I need to get back in the reading habit. What are you guys up to this weekend? Read anything good?

2 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Eclipse and other fun times

  1. Bryan G. Robinson March 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I don’t think you should feel bad at all about getting out over reading. That’s what my wife and I did this afternoon, and it was all good. The reading still will be there later.

    Lately I’ve been reading a couple of crime fiction series, the Inspector Sejer series by Karin Fossum and the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series by Val McDermid. Both are good, but each in its own way.

  2. Anne March 22, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I am quite jealous of those of you who got to see the eclipse. We were not anywhere near the viewing range. The photo of you is fun and I spied you in the video. Our newscaster said, after showing us the eclipse on the TV that the moon is moving further away from the earth so suck eclipses may not occur in the future. He did not elaborate what he meant by future. My Weekly Sunday Salon

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