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and a good deed done!

Solar eclipse?Always view a solar eclipse safely, looking at the sun directly can damage your eyes! Scottish weather always takes care of us!

Creeping downstairs at five I’m amazed how light it is and how mist curtains the garden. The airwaves are alive with this historical event, a soft rain falls gently on the land. Where sunlight could cascade between the pines, the grey air is cradled among the boughs. A peculiar darkness falls as the “eclipse” happens unseen. Weather won again, no astronomical happenings here!

And a good deed done?

Roaring fire

Yesterday the starling clattered across the tiles, poking his curious head into every nook and cranny. Strutting along the gutter with a “swagger that would dry washing”, last seen sitting on the chimney pot… Several hours later a fluttering is heard from the flue, a gentle tap brings silence. Assuming it must be noise from the chimney top I promptly forget about it. Early morning coffee in hand and a gentle fluttering is heard once more, it’s a bird, a reasonably big bird, sitting in the flue above the stove. It has to be the starling!


I can feel him so near yet so far out of reach. Looking for ways to release him, I open the stove to inspect the interior, no sign of him. Could we lift off the flue plate? Later when hubby returns from town we set about a rescue. As the nuts are unscrewed we realise that a very black bird is sitting atop the fire brick peeking out from the fire-box. Quick change of tactic, two hold a blanket over the stove, while he is coaxed out. Grabbing his beak didn’t really help and he flutteres out of reach only to reappear to reappraise the situation, calculating his chances… Oscar too is weighing up his chances; how does a house cat know about hunting? Finally flying out under the blanket to the window, quickly thrown open by small daughter, starling flies out never looking back. One dirty, hungry bird – one soot smudged window, one cat a little bemused and three relieved humans! And no burnt offerings…

All chances of viewing the eclipse finally over; the clouds lift and look – the sun may almost be shining!

Whatever comes your way today – enjoy – Spring is officially here in the Northern hemisphere!

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If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you’ll know we moved from the city to live near the sea. We have spectacular views and it has been a wonderfully sunny summer. I try hard to be good, wear high factor sun cream, don’t work in the garden between 10 and 2, wear a wide brimmed hat. My sunglasses are just bog standard but I thought I was doing alright. Right? Wrong! 

Following a routine eye check I was referred to the hospital as I had a “speck” on my retina, very near the “business part” of the eye. After several weeks wait; was seen yesterday and surprised to be asked “have you looked at an eclipse?” An eclipse? In Scotland? Chances are it’s raining! Apart from occasional irritated eye, a bit blurry, a bit dry and needing new glasses I was no wiser…

So having read up this morning here are some little bits of wisdom to prevent you doing the same thing…

  • Hats only protect from overhead sun
  • Sunglasses with no UV protection can make matters worse as they dilate the pupils and don’t protect the eyes.
  • Glare from reflected sun on the sea is still at a really high percentage
  • Sunlight is most damaging before 10 in the morning and after 2 in the afternoon

Now wiser and chastened I intend to wear UV 400 sunglasses, watch out for the glare when I ponder the view and always keep my back to the sun when I garden. I’m just very grateful not to have macular degeneration (too young) and that my eye is healing but will always be scarred.

Life’s Lesson learned today: you only get one pair of eyes look after them…