As the summer solstice creeps up, we notice the sun falls in some special places around the house, in the late evening, it just manages to fall on the screen of Mr Uhdd’s computer, this in notable because the room in north facing, as doesn’t see much at all in the way of shafts of sun light, but for a couple of weeks around midsummer.
In the garden, the late afternoon sun is high enough to get just over the drystone wall and back-light the poppies, before it drops behind the barn
The other afternoon we noticed a patch of sun light on the kitchen table, the sun being briefly high enough to beam in over the barn roof and through a westward facing window. This triangular patch of light was size a supermarket sandwich, and we watched as it shrank before our eyes, shimmering around the edges as it went. In less than two minutes it was gone.
It comes as no surprise to me that our ancestors, when light didn’t come at the flick of a switch, went around lining up lumps of rocks to mark such events.
Over the hills into Staffordshire, you can witness the mysterious double sunset
PEOPLE are set to flock to the Peak District to catch a glimpse of an amazing solar phenomenon.
The midsummer double sunset is expected to once again be visible from several locations in North Staffordshire and West Derbyshire.
And local resident Jeff Kent, author of the book The Mysterious Double Sunset, will be offering free guided viewings of the amazing double sunsets on three evenings, and from two different locations.
Jeff said: "These rare events are the result of the interplay between the setting sun and the shape of the landscape and are viewed from fixed spots, which means that the observers do not need to move about."
(Actually looking at a photo of Mr Kent, you could be forgiven for thinking he’d hidden a brace of sunsets in his beard.)
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