Well, a bit of a non-event I thought. Yes, the partial eclipse happened dead on the minute it said it would. And yet it only became dusky. The birds continued to eat at the feeder and the robin was singing its beak off throughout. I expected all the rooks to be on their way home to bed and all the little birds to retire to the bushes, but it didn't happen.
Perhaps, now that the sun is a lot stronger, that tiny sliver of sun along the side was enough to stop it going really dark. Whatever the reason, a cock pheasant and one of my hens kept up a spat, almost a running battle, over the poultry wheat through the whole thing.
And yes, Cro Magnon, I do agree with you - I shall be celebrating the first day of Spring tomorrow as it should be. Not that I shall be dancing naked round the blossom tree or anything like that, but I shall be taking deep breaths of the Spring air and saying goodbye to Winter -even if it does happen to be premature (as is suggested in the comments on my yesterday's post by one or two answers from the States).
There is a plethora of Spring flowering plants on our market today - primroses and polyanthus in pots, bunches of daffodil and tulips to put in water ; everywhere you looked there was yellow and red and purple - it does the soul good.
Oh, and by the way, regarding the Spring celebrations - there never was a time when I danced naked round the blossom tree (in fact I think I feel more like doing it now than I ever did!)
***Pictures on this evening's television news showed just how very exciting the eclipse was as it moved further North - the North of Scotland had a total eclipse and it really did go completely dark up there. It was lovely to see the young school children so excited.