How can a volcanic eruption in Iceland possibly close down the British Isles? That was my first thought yesterday, but since then the nice scientists on the news channels have explained about wind flows and mineral particles and what volcanic dust can do if it is sucked up into a plane's engine. A friend of mine is stranded on the Greek Island of Crete, her family were on a cruise around Greece and Egypt and they got off their ship yesterday to the news that England was a 'no fly' zone. She text me to see if it were a joke or really happening. It does sound a bit far fetched if you don't have the opportunity to see it on TV or Internet!
This kind of thing makes you realise how dependant we have all become on aircraft. I have another friend who is moving overseas who had gone on ahead of his wife to get their new home sorted - she was due to join him yesterday - no chance. As an island nation we have few other options - although the channel tunnel has made a huge difference to getting over to Europe now, but I suspect that Eurostar quickly became oversubscribed yesterday.
When my husband went to go to work this morning, the car had a very fine layer of some kind of dust over it but that is the only sign that there is anything untoward going on. We have blue skies and bright sunshine, how can we possibly be surrounded by volcanic dust?!
So this is an unusual subject for a post but it's such an exceptional situation I thought I should blog it for future reference.
Meanwhile, Rinda has posted her tutorial for the altered house, no prizes for guessing how I will be spending my day today ;-)