Friday, April 18, 2014

What's Flying Tonight?

picture from www.rspb.org.uk
We've been enjoying the sight and sound of the swallows which have returned to nest under the marina pontoons........amazed by their long journey and delighted to see them return. Their youngsters  enjoy sitting on the  loop of the shoreline joining the boat to the electricity bollard and the tiller is also a good place to sit.
 
The big red Virgin Atlantic hot air balloon has floated over Whixall Marina twice this week...quite a sight.

picture from www.nasa.gov
 
We also witnessed the amazing sight of the International Space Station passing overhead us in the marina on Tuesday just after nine o'clock. Luckily it was a clear night. Lots of information and pictures on the Nasa site and you can even follow the path of ISS on a Google map if you click this link. It was travelling across North America at 17000 mph at a height of 260 miles when we looked at the site!
 
 

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