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stargazer
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Today is going to feel very summer-like (it already does, at local noon), at least by local standards. Highs will be around 85F/29C, and rather humid.

Congrats, wagga, on your anniversary!

I'm quite enjoying the discussion about the moon. Another reason I want to stargaze Down Under (other than the stars I've never seen) is the change in behavior of the things I am familiar with: the moon appearing upside down, the sun in the north, and so on.

The night sky rotating clockwise around the pole would also be new (as it rotates counterclockwise here). (Trivia note: it's why analog clocks go the direction they do: Northern Hemisphere shadows move clockwise around their source - notably, the gnomon (the shadow-casting part) on sundials).

Welcome to the weather thread, High King Peter! Glad to have you here. I'd not heard the expression "the fox and crow are getting married" before, and had to google it.

@Courtenay, the moon names are listed in old publications such as The Old Farmer's Almanac but I'm not sure about any indigenous connection. Until a few years ago I'd only heard of the famous ones (the Harvest and Hunter's Moons in autumn), but lately the others are getting more attention.

I grew up seeing the man in the moon, but can also pick out the rabbit. I've read that comes originally from China and spread to other countries in the area.

The May full moon will undergo a total eclipse, best viewed from the Pacific Basin. I'll mention more about it in the Stargazing thread as we get closer.

But all night, Aslan and the Moon gazed upon each other with joyful and unblinking eyes.

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Posted : May 1, 2021 11:33 am
johobbit
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I really like that ground phlox, @Courtenay, thanks for this explanation of the Full Pink Moon (although it looked very orange to me Giggle ). We have some pink and purple phlox down the long garden by our driveway. It is only just beginning to bloom, but is changing every day. I want to add more this year, as it is so colourful in the spring.

*chuckles at the upside down Moon conversation*

@stargazer wrote: I'm quite enjoying the discussion about the moon. Another reason I want to stargaze Down Under (other than the stars I've never seen) is the change in behavior of the things I am familiar with: the moon appearing upside down, the sun in the north, and so on.

Ditto!!

Hey, @highkingpete, welcome to the wonderful Weather thread! Smile Did your power go out at all with that strong wind?

stargazer wrote: I'd not heard the expression "the fox and crow are getting married" before, and had to google it.

Another ditto! Giggle  

I grew up seeing the man in the moon, but can also pick out the rabbit. I've read that comes originally from China and spread to other countries in the area.

And a third ditto, haha!

@waggawerewolf27 wrote: May 1st. It will be hubby's & my 50th Wedding anniversary & our family plan some sort of celebration

@waggawerewolf27, how was this very special celebration on the weekend? Again, congratulations to you and your hubby! Grin Hug How wonderful!

This week is a bit rainy for us, with daytime temps anywhere from 11C / 51.8F to 18C / 64.4F. Everything is lush green and the perennials are coming up beautifully. The daffodils and tulips are very much in bloom still, along with some hyacinths. Very pretty. At night, all of the week is in single digits Celsius with most nights dropping to 1C / 33.8F, lovely and fresh!

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Posted by: @stargazer

Another reason I want to stargaze Down Under (other than the stars I've never seen) is the change in behavior of the things I am familiar with: the moon appearing upside down

You mean right side up... all right, I'll leave off now, I promise. Grin  

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the sun in the north, and so on.

Oh, don't tell me about that. When I first moved to the UK, I spent a fair bit of time in London, and I used to find that almost every time I came up from the Underground to a different part of the city, I'd get confused as to which side of the road I was on and which way I was facing. Even though I'd bought a huge folding map of central London (this was before I had a smartphone), and I'm generally very good at reading maps, I still kept finding myself heading the wrong way for wherever I wanted to go. I've always had a good sense of direction, so this was baffling... there was something here that just didn't feel right.

Then I remember one particular day I was intending to walk north up Charing Cross Road towards Chinatown, and soon found that going by the street names I was passing and the fact that I could see Nelson's Column up ahead, I was actually walking south towards Trafalgar Square. Wrong direction, yet again — and yet every instinct in me was screaming that I was facing north.

Finally it dawned on me (pardon the pun)... I had honestly never realised how much I unconsciously navigate by the position of the sun. I made a few conscious mental adjustments from there on in and now have no problem with the sun being on the southern side of the sky — and I've never got lost in London since. Wink  (And when I go back to Australia, I quickly adjust back to having the sun in the north, don't worry.)

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I'd not heard the expression "the fox and crow are getting married" before, and had to google it.

Me neither! I'm now amazed at just how many terms there are for a sun-shower in folklore around the world, none of which I'd ever heard of! Here's the list of them from Wikipedia, for anyone else who's interested.

"Now you are a lioness," said Aslan. "And now all Narnia will be renewed."
(Prince Caspian)

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Posted : May 3, 2021 11:15 am
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@Courtenay, I can totally relate to your unconscious navigation experiences. I'm sure I'd be just as confused Down Under because I also frequently evaluate directions and the like by the sun or moon or stars, without even realizing I'm doing it.

Thanks for that sunshower list. I find it odd that so many expressions have to do with marriage or weddings.

Our weather continues to be up and down, typical of spring. It was 87F/31C Saturday, and they're talking about possible snowflakes in the next day or so.

The flowering crabapple trees are bursting into bloom, but unfortunately that's the other kind of pollen I've become allergic to.

But all night, Aslan and the Moon gazed upon each other with joyful and unblinking eyes.

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Posted : May 3, 2021 7:14 pm
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Posted by: @stargazer

@Courtenay, I can totally relate to your unconscious navigation experiences. I'm sure I'd be just as confused Down Under because I also frequently evaluate directions and the like by the sun or moon or stars, without even realizing I'm doing it.

Oh good, I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that!!

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Thanks for that sunshower list. I find it odd that so many expressions have to do with marriage or weddings.

Yes — that or the devil beating his wife or something similar! Shocked I suppose the "wedding" ones come from the fact that it's unusual to see sunshine and rain paired together, so a lot of the metaphors have unusual characters getting married. Doesn't explain some of the other odd expressions, though...

"Now you are a lioness," said Aslan. "And now all Narnia will be renewed."
(Prince Caspian)

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@waggawerewolf27 wrote: May 1st. It will be hubby's & my 50th Wedding anniversary & our family plan some sort of celebration

@waggawerewolf27, how was this very special celebration on the weekend? Again, congratulations to you and your hubby! Grin Hug How wonderful!

Thank you for asking, & also thanks to you, Stargazer, Fantasia, Courtenay and High King Pete the Magnificent,  for your good wishes. After 50 years of being married it does really feel something like an achievement for both of us, especially when there are so many ups & downs in life to figure out. But then, as a now deceased Australian Prime Minister once said many years ago, "Life is not meant to be easy". 

To tell the truth it was quite an upside down sort of day.  Organised mainly by Rachel, our eldest daughter, alas she could not actually be there with us, after she had an accident in the carpark of the restaurant where she had booked us for that day, down by our Nepean River. She ran into a bollard, when startled by a fire engine siren nearby, & thus broke her leg. A delivery man saw her distress, took the cake from her car, parked nearby, into the restaurant, rang an ambulance, & so she has been in hospital ever since until today. She said others also went to her assistance. It would have been nice to get the name of the delivery man to thank him for his decency. Ironically, I met her father, in a similar, but somewhat less traumatic & damaging fall, when I tripped over an out of line chair in a dance hall, right at his feet, back in 1969. Blush Rose Love   No I didn't have a rose between my teeth. LOL  

We still enjoyed ourselves, nevertheless, & at least the rain held off, though the drizzly, showery rain that started yesterday (Tuesday) didn't impede us getting her home again after her leg was attended to, finally. I suppose it will pour tomorrow, but she doesn't have to go anywhere for a while. Party However, the warm weather has stopped & autumn has now begun in earnest, I think.  

 

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Posted : May 5, 2021 4:00 am
Courtenay
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@waggawerewolf27 Glad to hear your day went well, despite Rachel's accident — hope she's on the mend now. That's lovely that the delivery man and others were able to help her right when she needed it.

As for the weather, here after possibly the driest April on record, we're starting to have rain on and off. Quite a storm a couple of nights ago, but it's staying mainly dry during the day. Tomorrow's forecast was originally for "light rain showers" all day, but that's been scaled back to a bit of rain in the afternoon only. Which is good, as it's a day off for me and I've been planning to go out and visit some gardens and villages in eastern Kent. Not that light rain would put me off, but in England a forecast of "light showers" can end up meaning anything from no rain at all to floods of Biblical proportions, so it's good to know there probably won't be too much of it... Grin  

"Now you are a lioness," said Aslan. "And now all Narnia will be renewed."
(Prince Caspian)

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Posted : May 5, 2021 5:08 am
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Ahhh, @waggawerewolf27, so sorry to hear of Rachel's accident. How kind of that delivery driver to be so supportive and helpful. And here she planned your anniversary party, and ended up unexpectedly in the hospital. Sad   Hug I hope she continues to recover well now at home. Did you end up obtaining the cake okay?

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Ironically, I met her father, in a similar, but somewhat less traumatic & damaging fall, when I tripped over an out of line chair in a dance hall, right at his feet, back in 1969. Blush Rose Love   No I didn't have a rose between my teeth. LOL  

Oh my, I totally LOL at this memorable event! Your description is priceless. Giggle  

Sure glad to hear, @Courtenay, that you are finally see rain fall. We have had a few quite rainy days, which continues to green everything up beautifully. The farmers are getting ready for planting; the birds are up very early each morning, singing their hearts out; the squirrels are their usual busy-beaver selves; and I saw a fox on my walk the other morning, trotting cheerily (or so it appeared) across the road to the field on the other side. Smile Farmers have uncovered their peacock cages, so those birds are more vocal now than in the winter: beautiful birds, but their call is unpleasantly harsh. Tongue  

Frost is expected here over the next few nights, so it puzzles me why one of our neighbours has already planted their veggie seeds. I hope they're not damaged in the upcoming freezes, but we really shouldn't be planting anything until two weeks from now, at the earliest. Hmmm  

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The weather here was a bit ridiculous today. I was driving home from the dentist and it was absolutely pouring, pelting down with rain. I almost hydroplaned coming off a stop sign. I made it home safely and about half an hour later, there's bright blue skies, grey clouds, and just the slightest sprinkle. Ah, the joys of May!

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