Word of the day


Twire – to glance shyly or slyly; look askance; make eyes; leer; peer; pry; to look at someone or something intently or with difficulty;  twinkle; sparkle; wink.

Thatcher thinks


Country Calendar – Middlehurst Station


Annular eclipse


An annular solar eclipse took place a couple of days ago:

The moon crossed the face of the sun in a dazzling “ring of fire” solar eclipse today (Dec. 26) to the delight of potentially millions of spectators around the world in the Eastern Hemisphere. Even astronauts in space marveled at the view. 

The eclipse, known as an annular solar eclipse, began in Saudi Arabia, with the moon passing in front of the sun, but not completely covering the star’s face. Instead, it left a brilliant ring, or annulus, that gave it a “ring of fire” effect. It was the last solar eclipse of 2019, indeed, of the decade. . .



Saturday soapbox


Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We have all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the power we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. – Sirius Black

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