Out Of The Blue!

You don’t need me to tell you that a lot of the media news reports are frankly depressing! But when I was watching the BBC news early on this morning, out of the blue came a news report that filled me with joy!

Blue Whale, Ocean, Mammal, Marine Animal

The report was about a remarkable increase in the number of blue whales sighted in the southern Atlantic ocean. I have been fascinated by blue whales since I was five. I remember Mr Crabtree coming to our school with his marine biology lectures and presenting us with a slide show of all his photographs of seals and dolphins and other creatures.

Every time he came to visit, he would ask us little children if we had any questions. The most popular question was, “which is the biggest animal on the planet?” The answer was of course “THE BLUE WHALE”!!!

At the Natural History museum in South Kensington you are able to see the scale of these gigantic creatures. It has always made me marvel. I have a dream of one day meeting a blue whale out in the wild. I am thrilled to hear that after so much damage was done to these magnificent creatures during the abominable “whaling trade” – it seems as if blue whales are being seen more and more.

May every remarkable creature, from the largest to the smallest be safe and healthy on this spectacular planet. As a human family, we have received a priceless gift, a home like no other in the universe. May we do our very best to care for it and show how much we appreciate how privileged and how loved we are!

Watching The Birth Of A Star

I was delighted to see Teresa’s writing prompt yesterday, but time ran away with me, so I am publishing this a day later that intended. All of you astronomers will instantly recognise the picture below as the Orion Nebula:


What do I have to say about the Orion Nebula? Well…I remember one evening picking up a magazine with an article about the Hubble Space Telescope and what it has revealed. I was only in my early teens, but the words I read have stayed with me for the past twenty years.

Part of the article focused on the constellation of Orion. Many of us are familiar with the stars that make up Orion – the hunter – including the famous Orion’s belt, from which dangles a sword.

That sword is actually the Orion Nebula. It has been a very interesting part of our galaxy for astronomers.

I remember reading that the Orion Nebula and the “baby stars” within it are one of the most active areas of starbirth in our neighbourhood. Although it is around 1500 light years away.

When we gaze at these beautiful images, what we are seeing is in effect “a cosmic maternity ward!”

Many astronomers believe that within the Orion Nebula, stars and in fact, entire solar systems are being formed.

I find it awe-inspiring. I wish I knew more about the stars. In London, we don’t see nearly enough of the stars. But over the past couple of months I have sometimes been walking home to the little nest after a long day at work, and I have looked up to see that most familiar of constellations – Orion.

Even though it was a long time ago when I read that article which enlightened to me about what was going on in the skies above me, I remember it very well! To think that when I look up at the sky, I am witnessing stars being born!

Orion, Night, Shy, Star, Constellation

Love Can Be Torture

no moreBee, the creator of The Bee Writes…, is hosting a music festival, which I have to say, is pretty darn tootin cool! Don’t you think! By the looks of things her themes for this month long festival are going to rival Glastonbury!

I have chosen to feature a performance from The Brit Awards a few years ago. I couldn’t really use the video, as is a bit to excitable for my WordPress blog!

Today’s theme is:

A love that hurts, a breakup or heartbreak

This is Bee’s post for today’s theme:


Well…as soon as I saw the word HURT, I knew exactly which song I was going to choose. I absolutely love this track! It surely conveys how much love can break our hearts at times!