Looking out of my bedroom window in the early hours I was amazed at the number and brilliance of the stars. Orion clearly visible but so many other that with my somewhat restricted view I could make no guesses as to which constellation I was seeing. Usually when I look out there is a complete cloud cover, so this was a nice change.
The last time we saw stars like this was 30 years ago when we lived in Cumbria. I was in charge of a small church hall at the time and we let it out occasionally for a group of astronomers from somewhere in Lancashire to come up, to observe and sleep. I remember one time I put on a light in the Vicarage and from outside there came a bellow, “Put that light out !” I felt a bit miffed at being shouted out in my own home, but I could understand his distress.