Thursday, November 12, 2009

1 fierce rodent, great wavefronts & a big bottle!

Ardisha found this little guy in her kitchen & brought him up to SALT before releasing him into the veld.  It's a Spectacled Dormouse, probably the same one that's been known to visit the 1.0-m dome from time to time..   Really cute but Extremely aggro - made the most amazing noises while trapped in the bucket!

Aah... free at last! Now where the hell am I??


Meanwhile, back in the clean room we were getting M4 aligned to M5 & along the way obtained our best wavefront to date: RMS = 0.05 waves!


By the end of the day we all needed to let off some steam so it was off to Eben's place for one of Ockert's potjiekos dinners (pronounced "poy-kee-kos": a traditional South African stew that's cooked in a cast iron pot over a bed of coals).

As the sun sank, the temperature plummeted & we had to get serious about survival.  Our host to the rescue with a bottle of wine to share between the 10 of us...  While that may sound conservative, the bottle was of course a Jeroboam :)

The little corkscrew that could!


Not exactly the sort of weather you'd expect in November in the southern hemisphere - apologies to our visitors from the north!


It really helps to be Eben & be absolutely immune to cold...


Thanks guys - a great evening had by all :)

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