Today was the day of the eclipse; the first one visible in the UK since 1999 when I remember watching on the telly and looking outside and thinking the telly made it look better than it actually was.
Back then, Cornwall was the best place to be and I remember they filmed at the beautiful St Michael’s Mount. It was a day of patchy cloud, and an eerie quiet enveloped the beach when the last bit of the sun disappeared – at home it went a bit dark but I wished I was in Cornwall.
I’m in Cornwall this time but alas, it wasn’t the best place to be for this one; that would be the Faroe Islands which are quite far away. But it was a sunny morning and crowds of people flocked to Gylly Beach in Falmouth, my temporary hometown, to create an exciting atmosphere for this event.
People brought various devices to view the eclipse; colanders and homemade pinhole projectors mostly, but I just used my phone’s camera – the eclipse was clearly visible in the lens flare which was handy. I didn’t go there expecting to see much though, I just wanted to be on the beach to share the experience with everyone.
It was nice to be on the beach early and reminded me of all the bright mornings and warm summer’s days that are to come. Living the student life by the sea this summer is going to be great!