It's gone quiet. The birds are befuddled by the fading of the light. "Not very spectacular, is it?" says my mother. And it's a fact we aren't seeing the sun disc being eaten into because of a heavy overcast- which makes it impossible to say quite where in the sky it is. "So we've had the eclipse?" says my mother. And Ailz turns the dining room light off to demonstrate just how dim it has become. I step outside. The birds are making sleepy bedtime noises. I hold my light sensitive glasses up to the sky and they don't react.