Friday, 18 October 2013

Friends, Fires and a Firey Comet ......

Well my long weekend with my friends has been and gone and what a great weekend it was.

They arrived just after lunch time on Friday and left at a similar time on Sunday; we started talking as soon as they arrived and the conversation only stopped for sleep .... lol.

They shouted dinner on Friday night at the Royal Cricketers Arms (my girlfriend had read in one of my blog postings about me loving it) and it was absolutely delicious.

We had some Deep Fried Camembert with a cranberry dressing - oh my!!!  It was one of the most delicious entrees I have ever had.  We all agreed if we had known how good it was going to be with would have one each instead of sharing one.

Mains were a crumbed chicken breast, toad in the hole and an old fashion English beef and mushroom pie.  For dessert we each had something different and shared - so Banofee pie, Lemon Posset and a meringue and strawberry dish that was similar to an Eton Mess.

The remainder of the stay was spent with us sitting around the table talking, talking and more talking ....rotfl.  Just the perfect 3 days!

Been a busy week babysitting my 2 grand daughter's as my DIL had to travel to Queensland for business.  So a full on week.

Time to relax and put my feet up, have a latte and watch all the Doctor Who episodes I had missed.

NSW (my state) is a tinderbox; the state is so dry, it has been such a long time since we had rain.  Not sure how long it has been -we had a brief shower overnight last week and prior to that there was a day with a little drizzle but proper rain that made puddles on the ground and made you run for shelter - well my area has had only a few cm since March, in fact nothing was actually recorded for the area since March.

Unfortunately this Spring has erupted with bushfires, the first week of September we had our first taste of what this season would bring.  Then this Thursday the lower Blue Mountains burst into flame along with 100 other bushfires in NSW.  Lives and homes have been lost and even though the weather has improved Friday and Staurday; Sunday and Monday look to be in the high 30s.

On Thursday night the sky outside my house was amazing - I took this snap just to show how weird the sky was.  It looks as if the sun is setting behind the trees but in actually fact the photo is facing south; there were clouds and the sun was hitting them and bouncing off brighter.

Something else that might light up the sky in a much smaller way is seeing Comet Ison - of course the big questions is how it will go once it travels round the sun.  There is a chance it will be visible during the daytime on 29 November but of course, it could just be a fizzer and nothing to see.  On November 28, the Comet ISON can be easily spotted with the naked eye as well as the first week of December when it will be at its peak before making a close approach to Earth on December 26.  Sydney Observatory has a great piece written about it.  Just what we get to see from the Southern hemisphere remains to be seen but I will certainly be out there looking upwards .... lol

Arvind Paranjpye, director of the Nehru Planetarium, shared: "With its present positioning, it seems that the comet will be bright and visible towards the end of October. Having crossed Mars in the beginning of the month, the comet will start getting visible over the eastern horizon around October 30 and one can spot it through the telescope about 40 minutes before sunrise. As it progresses, the comet will be visible through binoculars between November 4 and November 9 and later, around November 19, it will be visible to the naked eye."

The Hubble telescope site recently released a photograph of Ison.

1 comment:

  1. Had a great time! We'll do it again as soon as we can. :) And we'll definitely go back for more of that camambert! lol