Good Friday – Baking and a Bit of Cheese

So here we are – the start of the Bank Holidays for 2015, and it’s a nice early Easter.  The recent sad demise and subsequent emergency replacement of my iron meant that my holiday started with a full ironing basket, but once that was out of the way I headed for the kitchen.

Dessert for Easter Sunday will be a ‘tidy’ pavlova style dish – Hazelnut & Baileys Meringue Cake I baked the two meringues today (the mixture tasted like nougat which is no bad thing as far as I am concerned) and on Sunday morning I will fill them with the Bailey’s cream and raspberries.

As is the way with meringue, the next question that arose was what to do with the five remaining egg yolks… A quick telephone consultation with Mother ensued, and I now have a bowl of lemon curd in the fridge, swiftly prepared in the microwave.

The final bake of the day was a batch of 12 mini Victoria Sponge cakes, made in my loose bottomed mini sandwich tin (sadly they are about to discontinue this, but there is still time to get one for half price if you’re quick!).  The cakes were filled with buttercream and the above mentioned lemon curd, and dusted with icing sugar – so cute!  Tomorrow the plan is to produce two dozen Easter cupcakes, also for Sunday.


After all that sweet stuff, something savoury is required, so this blog is being typed in front of the cheese-fest that is the Eurovision Greatest Hits on BBC1.  Some of the previous winners are showing their age, although Lordi don’t look a day older than they did when they won, and some of them are still just plain wrong, but Graham Norton is co-hosting with is usual irreverence, and has just introduced a Eurovision legend.  No, no, not Abba – Johnny Logan of course!


Lamp Pages Added

I’ve now added a few pages about one of my other hobbies -Lamps.

For a few years now I have been collecting both wick and pressure lamps and have built up quite a collection. Further pages on these lamps will be added as and when I get around to it. We now appear at several events each year displaying our lamps. Some of these events go on into the evening when these lamps can be seen at their best. We hope to bring you pictures from some of these events in the near future.


As the clocks spring forward

Yes that biannual madness is upon us as the clocks change again this weekend; just as it’s getting lighter on the drive home anyway.

Some people including RoSPA want us to adopt single/double British summer time. In support of their case RoSPA have published what they call a “Fact Sheet”.

There’s a lot of spurious argument in the RoSPA “Fact Sheet” but in my opinion very little in the way of reliable statistics or “fact”…

For example this:

“A move to SDST would reduce opportunistic crime facilitated by the cover of darkness – over half of criminal offences take place during the hours of darkness in the late afternoon or evening and, of the small proportion of offences occurring in conditions of semi-darkness, far more occur at dusk than dawn (Home Office British Crime Survey 1988-1992).

As well as reducing crime itself, it also reduces the fear and cost of crime.”

There are EXACTLY the same number of hours darkness whether you put the clocks back, forward or leave them as they are. Is the suggestion that criminals won’t bother because it means going out later?

I’d also assume that crime must be absolutely rife in countries that experience three months of darkness each winter!


‘Our Wedding’ Pages Complete

The complete wedding website has now been transferred to its new home, including all the photographs.  We’ve also kept the original page header images, as they matched the colour scheme from our ceremony.  I must say it was nice to revisit the memories :)

Little Downham Bygones and Organs Extravaganza

The 23rd annual Little Downham Bygones and Organs Extravaganza will take place on 28 March 2015 at Little Downham Village Hall from 13:00 – 17:30. The event is in aid of Magpas Lifesavers, the charity that provides emergency medical care to those with life threatening injuries.

Emma and I will be there exhibiting some of our lamps including a Tilley floodlight…

The Village Hall is situated on Main Street, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire.

Yesterday’s Eclipse

Like thousands of people across the country we were hoping for good weather for yesterday’s Eclipse. Whilst it could have been kinder it could also have been a lot worse and we managed to get some pretty decent images…

Our images were taken using a Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000 webcam adapted to fit a telescope. The original lens has to be removed and a proprietary adaptor fitted in it’s place, but it’s a very straightforward modification.

A TeleVue Pronto with a 0.5x focal reducer gives an near perfect solar image size with a webcam.

The remaining pictures will be posted in our eclipse pages at a later date. Basically once we have some eclipse pages to put them on!


So now what

We have a shiny new site and a place to blog, so now what?

Well I think I’ve worked out the basiscs of this software but I’m still finding my way around and at the moment the site is pretty minimalist to say the least.

However I’ve only spent an afternoon with it so far and blogging software is new to me. I’m hoping Emma will do much of the customisation and make it look less like it has been compiled by a small child.

Much of the content is currently external html, the remnants of our original site, but we hope to bring it inhouse making more use of the sofware as we become familier with it…

Hours of fun ahead I think! :)


Welcome to our new site…

Welcome to what was the See View Observatory website… Over the coming weeks we will be adding back most of the old content and much more, though not the AstroShop.

We decided to stop trading in Astronomical equipment a while back although we still have a few odds and ends, so feel free to ask…

The site will be returning to more of a family/hobby site much as it was in the days before AstroShop.

Chris & Emma