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" Friday is Eclipse Day "

Date & start time: Friday 20th March 2015.

Location of photos : Adj to the red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : House and Garden.

Walk details :   Minimal.

Highest point : Our wildlife visitors.

With : Myself and various others.

Weather : Disappointing ?

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Today is Friday 20th March and the day of the much awaited eclipse of the sun by earth's only moon.

The total eclipse was only visible from the North Atlantic but even the BBC had to rely on an airborne camera to get the full picture.

Their pictures in the Faroes were shrouded in cloud and although the skies went dark, the sun was not truly visible.

Here at home I dive out of bed early (!) at 8.30am and hope for a view of the partial eclipse in our Cumbrian skies.

Mmmm . . . . doesn't look too hopeful.

The cloud is touching the top of Mellbreak and it has a widespread cover with no definable gaps.

This was the picture at about 10am . . . a little darker

but the light levels are deceptive as the eye compensates for the change.

However, putting some of the kitchen lights on indoors does make a difference.

As the eclipse moves on, the light seems to get brighter and the photographer puts the camera away.

It seems the Midlands and the North East of England were the places to be today.

At midday the light gets suddenly brighter . . . but my view of the sun through a gap in the clouds says "It's all over".

Still . . . better luck next time !

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Had the weather been kind, this is what we may have seen from our Cumbrian latitude.

Courtesy of Sarah Lewis, Oldham, Lancashire.

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Still, being up 'early' meant that I had time to complete some work in the garden that I started yesterday.

Our neighbour kindly donated a JCB bucket full of horse manure

which I had chance to dig into the raised bed ready for the new growing season.

The rest was spread in the soft fruit enclosure.
The other bed is new and hopefully fine without it .

You may have noticed the enclosed wire fence I've put up around the vegetable and fruit beds.

The reason . . . the manure hardly smelt but to a year-old retriever who likes to roll, the temptation would have been just too much !

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This week in the garden we had chance to watch a local sparrow hawk darting around the bird table.

It was obvious he was after a non-vegetarian lunch . . . no nuts for him.  He was more interested in the table top blue tits.

No pictures unfortunately as he was not there long enough to get the camera from the other room

but we did record the return of a welcome guest to our table.

Again, not there long enough to get a good photo, but our red squirrel has returned.

No cob nuts today, but he hangs upside down and enjoys a brief meal of peanuts.

I just love the way his rear feet clasp the top of the fat ball holder.

Let's hope we will see more of him soon.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either my Nikon P520 or Canon 1100d digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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