Friday, 20 March 2015
Solar Eclipse and Getting Frazzled
I remember the build up to the eclipse in 1999, for months ahead the local news was full of it. This time it crept up on me without me realising it was happening until a few days ago. Anyway not one to miss out on such events I climbed up into my attic and found the solar glasses from the last eclipse, yes I am a hoarder but it does come in useful sometimes. I decided to view from a local high point so trudged up to the top of St Agnes Beacon with my flask of tea and blanket to sit on. As it turned out I was the only one with the proper glasses, there was an assortment of bowls of water, colanders, c.d.'s, and many other weird and wonderful attempts at viewing the eclipse. Luckily I had taken a couple of extra pairs so the crowd passed these around. If I had known there was difficulty getting hold of them I would have taken the 'viewing boxes' I had as well.
By putting the glasses over the lens of the camera I managed to get some shots without damaging my eyes. It wasn't as dramatic as the full eclipse but worth the effort. The photos look more like the moon taken through the glasses.
In the name of progress a lot of our training for work is done on line. So after returning from watching the eclipse I spent all morning online reading the training programme, making notes and watching the videos. Then I clicked proceed to assessment, only for it to immediately tell me I had failed with 0% as I had taken to long to do the test. WHAT??!!! You can try again in 3 days it told me, but I will have forgotten it all by then! Damn technology. I rang them and explained what happened and hopefully they will be able to reset it. I've lost interest now!
I have some more photos from Eden and I will be cooking from a new recipe book this evening so if it turns out well I will share it soon hopefully. Working, lots of online training, decluttering, veg growing, decluttering, decorating, decluttering and general housework has me all very frazzled at the moment. It seems I'm not wonder woman after all.
Off to see if I can do this damn assessment (just how many years until retirement is it?!)