OK, so you can't really see what is going on in this photo, but what it shows is Orla trying to get in on the action as I project an image of a solar eclipse onto a piece of paper for Isabelle and Aidan. If you look really closely you can see the little circle (or partial circle!) of light on the paper across from Orla's hand.
The annular eclipse on Thursday was cool - you could see quite clearly a bite out of the sun's image. From Wellington it looked like about 45% of the sun was covered. The temperature dropped, and the light went a bit tepid at the peak of the eclipse.
The children buzzed around happily playing as I popped over to the deck every 10 minutes or so to track the eclipse's progress. Both were interested to a point - but I was definitely the most excited! For not the first time, I really wished I had a globe. A light, my fist and Brendon's sun hat are just not good astronomical models.