Share a ‘tail’ or two as gallery opens its doors
IT has been a particularly good year for readers migrating to the Laughing Badger Gallery in the far-flung village of Padfield.
It has to be said that every visitor has had an interesting tale to tell, question to ask, and photograph or artefact to show me, including an ancient quern-stone found by the reservoirs, amazing sculptures of wrens – which I bought – and countless reports of sightings from Wilmslow to Crowden, and from Rochdale to Stockport, of roe deer, badgers and foxes; barn owls, peregrines and hen harriers; grass snakes, lizards and toads, and all shared over coffee and a beer, so here’s your chance to join in the fun.
There is a special open weekend at the gallery on Saturday, November 29, and Sunday, November 30, and everyone is welcome to come and see what we get up to.
Just check out www.laughingbadgergallery.com which will take you to my Facebook page.
So, it’s all good, and the best two letters came hard on the heels of each other, after I had written about my trip to the Faroe Islands with my son Culain.
Without giving too much away, it involves two members of the British Forces who were there in 1942 as part of Operation Valentine.
The ‘occupation’ was to pre-empt any attempt by the German Forces after they had invaded Norway and Denmark.
One chap, a crew member of a Sunderland Flying Boat, and the other, part of the Pioneer Corp who were building the runway on the Island of Vagar, told me a heartwarming and funny account of their time there.
With Mr Carlisle living in Cheshire, and Bill Howley, in Rochdale, I’m just wondering whether they knew each other 70 years ago in the wild and windy Faroes, but you will have to wait until next week to find out.
On March 20, 2015, a total solar eclipse will once again cover the Faroe Islands in darkness at 9.41am.
The Faroe Islands will be one of only two places in the world where this eclipse can be observed from land, the other being Svalbard.
Seeing a total eclipse is perhaps one of the most spectacular astronomical and natural phenomena that you will ever see.
Being on the right spot is essential, and on March 20, 2015, the obvious spot to view the total eclipse will be in the Faroe Islands.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun and blocks out the direct light of the sun.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks out the sun completely, forming a shadow on the earth.
For this to occur, the sun, the earth and the moon come in a straight line in their orbits and it will seem like the moon has covered the sun.
In a total solar eclipse you will be able to see the Baily’s Beads, which is where light from the sun breaks through the uneven surface of the moon.
The diamond ring effect marks the beginning and end of totality as a bright flash of light and is one of the most amazing features of the eclipse.
When the shadow of the moon covers the sun entirely, the sun’s atmosphere – corona - can been seen as a faint halo. This phase is known as totality.
As the moon moves away from the sun, Baily’s Beads may be seen again before the sun fully emerges.
In the meantime, get over to the gallery for the open weekend, and I look forward to welcoming you with a glass of red, and if you’re really lucky, one of my award-winning scones.
Saturday, November 29, and Sunday, November 30, from noon until 4pm.
A sculpture of a wren owned by Sean Wood
The Laughing Badger Gallery, 99 Platt Street, Padfield, Glossop sean.wood @talk21.com