That’s right folks! We’re already at the end of January. Feels like we just woke up on 1st January doesn’t it? Believe it or not, 11 more cycles of this and we’ll all be wishing each other a Happy New Year once again.
So if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to stop wishing people a Happy New Year. It’s now the hard part when you sit down and achieve/ try to achieve all that you set out to do.
I’ve been doing much better on my resolutions this year than the last. The only area I still haven’t made much progress is my Japanese. I guess February onwards is really the time I will have to get serious if I have any hopes of writing N2 in December.
I’m proud to say I blogged everyday this month- with the exception of the 18th when in addition to travelling I was extremely ill. I guess that counts as a good enough excuse. Thanks to everybody who has visited my blog and left comments. It has been my most successful month on wordpress since I started nearly 7 years ago!
I’ve also been keeping at reading a book a week- I picked small books and maybe that’s cheating a bit and it looks like I won’t finish this week’s book before the day ends today but like I said it’s a much better report card than I had for January 2015.
Last, you must have all heard talk about the planetary allignment that one can see in the dawn sky. I had been eyeing the sky for days when I get out to cycle in the mornings- I could see 4 planets (the easy ones)- Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Venus. Only on Saturday morning did I get the chance to go to my terrace and find Mercury which I did.
It’s a great time to spot Mercury- it’s normally an elusive find because it is quite dim and you could confuse it with any other dim star. But with all the planets alligned in a straight line it just takes a bit of your staring at the sky (let your eyes get used to the darkness- do not stare at any bright objects) before you spot the planet. Here’s a rubbish photo that I took of Venus and Mercury yesterday- to help you spot the planet. And yes that’s a cell phone tower in the foreground to give you an idea of the scale. Good luck!
I also incidentally tried photographing Saturn (my camera is in no way equipped to do any kind of astrophotography except photograph the moon). I’d like to think that I see the rings of Saturn than to think that I impossibly shook my camera and tripod!
Have a great February!