Map of the ash cloud taken from the MET office website - illustration of volcanic ash dispersion up to 20,000 ft, issued at 7 am on 18 April. Advisory charts are issued every six hours, for up to 18 hours ahead, by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.

The unpronouncable Icelandic volcano continues its eruption (and according to the MET office the eruption is ‘possibly intensifying’,  and the vast dust cloud has  thickened over England – and most of Europe – 20 countries have closed their airspace now … quite remarkable when you think about it all; all that glass, sand and rock wafting around in the sky high above and down here all this mere mortal is aware of is an impossibly blue sky and slightly itchy eyes.

So – this morning I will endeavour to rebook flights for 14th / 15th May in the  hope that it will have settled down again by then.

http://www.nats.co.uk/ is the website to watch for airport updates – the National Air Traffic Services site for UK, the MET office is also helpful http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/pressoffice/2010/volcano.html

In the meantime all the mosquito repellent and water purification tablets have gone  into a large box ready for departure hopefully now mid May (volcano permitting).

In the meantime donations to KTCT at http://www.justgiving.com/elliestoneley have gone up to £900 – which including gift aid is a hefty amount … target is now £5000 so keep spreading the word and clicking the Donate button.

Sadly now time to email Brian Donaldson to break the sad news that we won’t be at the village water purification plant inauguration on Tuesday morning.

Humph