Perseid Meteor

Meteors

I took this photo while I was asleep! More accurately, it is a processed capture from an automatic system. This is a perseid meteor, passing close to the Pleiades. I am now running a video meteor observation system and am proud to contribute the data to the UK Meteor Observation Network (ukmon). There is a basic […]

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High Summer

July has been an almost perfect summer month this year. We had lots of sunny, warm and dry weather but also a few thundery breakdowns, which included a few classic summer thunderstorms here. We avoided the flash flooding and other nasty consequences that hit others and so were happy to see them go past. It […]

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Weather Station installed

Thanks to the amazing generosity of staff, students and parents as I took early retirement from Headship, I was able to buy a Davis Vantage Vue weather station, which is now working in my garden. The garden and other local gardens have quite a lot of trees and so are sheltered. Ideally, a weather station […]

Weather Station

I do not have any weather station hardware yet, but I wanted to make a start on a project to create a weather station for home. I want to keep an accurate and reliable record of the main weather data but also share them – through a web site and direct to various agencies so the […]

courgette flower

Courgette flower

Despite all the rain today and Saturday, the first courgette is in flower with its huge, not quite politically correct bloom. The colour is wonderful too. It catches the eye from far away. It almost looks alien. It is good to see that crops are on the way. I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the […]

Garden progress

After more than a week of very hard work, there is real progress in the garden. The greenhouse is fully fixed and functioning, with tomatoes, aubergines, cucumbers and a melon all growing nicely, along with some mixed salad leaves. Outside, the deep beds are in position and filled with lovely soil that I bought in. […]

Globular Cluster M3

Globular Cluster M3

Certainly not the best astrophoto I have ever taken, but reasonably pleasing, because there is much more in it than I thought when I took it. It was not fully dark and there was a first quarter moon, so the sky background was bright. There was hazy high cloud. Even so, there are stars down […]

FR1GZ

I have twice received signals from FR1GZ this morning using WSPR. WSPR is a digital radio signal (details and free software here) designed to pass minimal information with minimal radio power over great distances. Since FR1GZ is the call sign of a radio amateur on Reunion Island deep in the Indian Ocean, this has definitely worked. […]

The eggs are gone

I wandered down the garden this morning to see that the blackbird eggs had gone. Not a surprise. There was no debris visible so something took them away to eat them. I did not see what or when it happened, but foxes are common here and could certainly carry eggs.

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Back in the garden

I spent about an hour and a half in the garden, beginning the long process of bringing it under control again. Things have been much too busy for a long time for me to do much more than cut the lawn, so there is much to do. Today, I cut back the grape vine that […]