…and the world held its breath!

Can there have been anyone who was not spell-bound on Wednesday night as we watched the successful release of the Chilean miners from their tomb, half a mile underground?

…..from what seemed like disaster to the families with the loss of so many lives, to the knowledge that they were at least alive, but trapped;

….from the possibility that they might be able to be rescued, to the insurmountable problems of getting to them;

….from the technical problems which lay ahead, to the realisation that they might be overcome;

….from the anxious few hundred people on a Chilean hillside, to the hearts of a worldwide audience;

….from the trivia of much of our ‘News’, to the gripping, nail-biting real-life story  of the survival of a small number of human beings;

….from the dark hole of a mine, to the brilliant pictures telling us what was happening deep in the earth;

….from the first tentative thoughts that perhaps might be going too well, to the knowledge that all had worked;

We all travelled far over those days, but none moreso than the miners themselves, their family and friends.

Let’s hope that society also moved along a little, and that the success achieved may show the better side of man’s nature, that saving lives must be better than killing.

How do they do it?

The other morning we awoke to one of those very-misty mornings which is a harbinger of a lovely cloudless sunny day…as it turned-out to be.

However, it is also one of the times when you get a tremendous view of the numerous spiders webs over hedges and plants. Outside our front door we have a bush about six feet from the house wall, and to my surprise there was a single web joining the two, at a height of about four feet!

Then in the runway there was another one, this time over eight feet in length, joining the house wall and the aerial on the roof of my car.

 The two photos just don’t do them justice ….click on them twice to enlarge, and marvel at the lovely bit of nature’s engineering……… but how do they do it?