June 16th, 2011

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Thursday June 16 Full Moon Eclipse

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

From the reports of the rest of the world I happened to have been in one of the best spots. It started here at around 9.30 p.m. The sun had just set and the moon was just above tree level. It was large en red like a harvest moon and slowly the eclipse started coverimg the moon. The skies were clear. And I did not have to get up at an ungodly hour, like the last one in November, in Virginia.

The only negative is my effort to get some good pictures of it. I had been told that the moon would not rise till 10 and when I got on my way from town back to the summer camp I saw that the eclipse had already started. I raced back and set up the camera but by then there was little daylight left and I need this because my magnification 25/200 just is not pulling it close enough for light. I used time exposure on a tripod but that does not give enough detail. But it was a memorable event.

The Linden ( Tilleul) Trees are just starting to bloom. This has to be one of my most favorite blossom smells. It is intoxicating. Last July I was with Jeannine and Gabrielle in Bruges and we experienced this treat, the old ramparts are lined with Linden trees.

I got some help to day in getting a hose to the boat and managed to hose her down to get rid of the sanding dust. We are supposed to have a couple of days without the thunder showers. So, the fun part starts. Painting.