Today he has been able to look at the sun and has seen sun spots and flares. He is impressed with the knowledge of the instructors - which is good, he's a stern critic - and has already notched up 10 hours of theory since last night. This evening, he will go back again to do some practical star-gazing and the weather looks nice and clear.
Ruy and I went to meet him this lunchtime and it gave us an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside around us and be so glad we live where we live.
|Looking across the little valley. Our house on the left and if you follow the low white wall, you can just see our ruins in the middle of the photo.|
|The new observatory lecture hall|
|and the cupola housing the telescope.|
|The building is surrounded by fields carpeted with wild flowers - the buzzing of happy insects was everywhere!|
|Splashes of colour|
|The orange flowers which my camera didn't do justice to - the orange colour was really intense.|