The weather started off grey today here in Bath, but thin patches began to appear in the clouds after 9, and we began to get glimpses of the sun at close to maximum from 9.10 onwards. In some ways the cloud added to the interest, and it certainly helped with photography, but it made it tricky to observe effectively and safely. By maximum the diminished light was obvious, and bird life was reacting to the odd lighting. As maximum passed, the sky cleared, and I was able to watch the closing stages through my H Alpha solarscope. There were a few prominences on the sun's eastern limb, and I think I saw one pop back into view about 20 seconds after the moon had uncovered the whole of the photosphere, and then moved beyond the chromosphere, too.