The Northern Lights!

Northern lights 2Nicola here, just back from a cruise along the coast of Norway taking in some spectacular scenery and the stunning beauty of the Northern Lights. Standing on the deck on the ship at 2am in temperatures of -13, it did occur to me to wonder what our ancestors had made of the extraordinary phenomena of the aurora. It’s so beautiful and other-worldly that even in these days when it can all be explained by science, it’s still pretty mind-blowing.  How did people view the aurora in the past? Fortunately there was an excellent lecture on the ship that covered everything to do with the Northern Lights and it was so interesting that I thought I would blog about it here.

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Colors in the Fire

Joanna here, talking about enjoying her fire.DSCN1436

I'm lucky enough to heat with wood in the winter, so I have a fire going in the stove for about five months out of the year.  I'm a hippie refugee to the country, rather than real country folk like my grandparents, so my woodstove has a clear glass door.  I get to watch the fire burn.  It never fails to lift my spirits.

My son sent me some packets of fire color.  You toss this in and the chemical — this particular chemical is Cupric Sulfate — makes the fire burn green-blue.  

These pictures can only give you a small taste of how lovely the fire is.  It's like the auroa borealis — or


my dog, wildly excited about the colors

what I imagine the aurora borealis would look like.    Seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list but I haven't managed to do it yet.

I understand the wood that floats in from the sea can just naturally burn with colors. That's something else I'd like to see.

Watching a fire burn is such a basic human kinda thing to do.  I feel connected to my distant ancestors who no doubt sat around the fire working on their computers and playing video games far into the night as the wolves howled outside the cave. 


Do you have a fireplace or woodstove or outdoor fire you get to watch?