R U JOKING, GRANDAD BLOG 7th October 2017

I love the moon and find it so magical and fortunately so do all my grandchildren. My advice to them is if you get the chance to go to the moon, be it figuratively speaking or for real, don’t think about it just go!

I love the moon’s dedication to me. The way it is always, wherever in the world I am, up there in the sky watching over me. I go to Cornwall and look up in the sky at night and the faithful moon is there winking back at me. The moon (is it he or she) found it’s way to New York and California with us too. I never gave it a map or directions. It obviously has a good sat-nav. But how does it know where we are going, I don’t tell it?

I’ve not been to Australia, China or Russia but I dare say the faithful moon would find us there too.

On the night of Thursday 5th October there was the amazing sight of the Harvest Moon in the sky.

What is the Harvest Moon?

The Harvest Moon gets its name because it is the full Moon closest to the equinox.

The equinox is an astronomical event in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the projection of the Earth’s equator into space. (Do you understand that? I don’t think I do.)

On the date of the equinox, both day and night are around the same length around the globe.

Afterwards, the night is longer than the day. Boo hoo hoo! Or wait, is it really more exciting, I’m sure we can make it so. Explore the mysteries of the dark. Stories around the fire light, more TV or tablet screen light these days, or maybe by torch light. And then there is the Christmas Countdown, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Advent.

But we or should I say, I have wandered.  (Look the moon has wandered too) The Harvest Moon usually appears above our skies in September but this year it is much later and arrived 5th October. It was huge and clear and could be appreciated without any high-tech camera or telescope gear.

Last year’s Harvest Moon was also a lunar eclipse and we won’t see another one quite like that until 2024. But we still get a Harvest Moon.

The name is because it is the first full moon rising closest to the autumnal equinox. This is when the sun almost shines directly over the equator.

The Harvest moon symbolised when farmers would need to start gathering in the food to prepare for the lean winter months. Sometimes, they did this by the light of the moon.

I have loved the mysteries of the moon for as long as I can remember. Most of my earliest recollections are music, books, comedy and radio based. The very first record I loved was “I See the Moon” by the Stargazers. This charted when I was 5 ish. Musically, it’s no Led Zeppelin but I found it so funny.

I have always laughed lots, probably too much. I used to laugh at the Stargazers and lots of other things so much tears streamed down my face and I would have a mild asthma attack.

But the song brought my relationship closer to the moon.

I was so vain I somehow had in my head that famous songs were written about me and my life. (Secretly: I still do)

There is a verse in “I See the Moon) that goes:

I see the moon the moon sees me

Down through the leaves of the old oak tree


Please let the light that shines on me

Shine on the one I love

Now, I thought that verse was about the old oak tree in our garden and I would love to look at the moon through the leaves and branches.

The problem was I was a bit of a thick kid, and had got it wrong. A clue was that our oak tree bore apples and everyone knows as I do now the fruit of a real oak tree are pears.


As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind:  every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.   John Glenn-Astronaut



Happiness is…a moonlit dance with the one you love



Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.



You Make Loving Fun – Fleetwood Mac

Highest chart position No.45 October 1977 From the No.1 Album “Rumours”