Category Archives: Double rainbow

Spring came early this February

Cherry tree  in blossom

Spring doesn’t officially start until March 21st – our daughter Louise’s birthday. Always lifts my spirit when the cherry trees are in blossom – especially after that awful cold spell we had in February.

In Japan they plant a cherry tree when a daughter is born.  And it was a Cherry Tree that Washington didn’t chop down.

Spring flowers in Mayfair

Lovely to see the planters with early spring flowers on our way to the Royal Academy.

I know it brings attention to the shops but it’s still a kindness to passers-by, and Mayfair is not a district where passers-by would pick the flowers so kindly provided.


April showers in February make a double rainbow


We don’t usually have light ‘April showers’ in February but it was lovely to see another double rainbow.  The last double rainbow I saw was when I had just come out of hospital after my heart attack.

Is there a pot of gold under each?

Secondary rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops, and are centred on the sun itself. As a result of the “inside” of the secondary bow being “up” to the observer, the colours appear reversed compared to the primary bow. The secondary rainbow is fainter than the primary because more light escapes from two reflections compared to one and because the rainbow itself is spread over a greater area of the sky. The dark area of unlit sky lying between the primary and secondary bows is called Alexander’s band, after Alexander of Aphrodisias who first described it.

Sunshine and Showers and a Double Rainbow

Didn't realise thee was a double rainbow until I saw my photo
Didn’t realise thee was a double rainbow until I saw my photo. Just visible in the top right hand corner if you click on the image.

That’s what it’s like after you’ve had a heart attack, had stents inserted in two of your coronary arteries, needed an intra-aortic balloon pump and artificial ventilation – some sunshine, some showers and the occasional double rainbow. Good days and bad days and then the sun comes out and there’s a double rainbow.

Out of hospital a month now and trying hard to get back to a semblance of normality. Had to cancel my classes but still enjoy cooking even if I have to sit down during the preparation. Had a couple of trips to the supermarket with Josh but still get tired easily.