No reason for this swallow I snapped on Sunday near here, other than as I write, the Swallows and Martins are flying about. A lovely summers evening.
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
I had no idea !!!!
Well I've learnt something today. Actually I saw something at 3am this morning but had no idea what it was until now. For various reasons much too tedious to go into, I was up at 3am this morning sending e-mails to work. Don't worry it's not a normal occurrence, but do you know that feeling when something is floating about in the brain, preventing sleep, so I thought get up, log onto work, send some stuff, go to sleep. So I did and I did.
But after looking at my e-mails at work, a cup of tea was needed. 3am. Note the time. I stood in the conservatory with the foaming brew thinking, blimey sunrise is very early today. As to the north there was a strange blue light, such as just before dawn. But this is an hour before sunrise. I thought no more about it, though I did try and take a photo, absolute rubbish.
However I now know (as it was reported on the BBC news) that this was a very rare cloud formation indeed called Noctilucent basically clouds formed from ice in the high atmosphere/lower space which reflect sunlight from the opposite side of the earth. I love weather but don't understand it, but this was a wonderful sight to behold. Not as good as the Aurora Borealis, which I saw in 1981 in Northumberland, but a canny view all the same.
Finally, another strange phenomenon, hedgehog was out and about in the garden at 11am today. Seems strange seeing them in broad daylight, but this is normal at this time of the year, as with so little night time, if they feel secure, they'll be out "huntin' fer them slugs"