Star the thirty-first

I’m creating a virtual star chart, to record my progress in Dry July. The star for making it through Saturday 31 July without touching the demon drink is a fallen star.*

(Description: large rock, pockmarked)

This is about half of the Mundrabilla meteorite, which is thought to have fallen about a million years ago. It landed in Western Australia, and although bits of it were discovered in 1911, the major mass was found in 1966 (coincidentally, the year of my birth). About 17 tonnes of rock fell to earth, split into two chunks. This is half of the smaller chunk – about 2,500 kilos. It’s an iron meteorite, and the pocks in it were formed by the softer rocks and ores weathering away in the million years when it lay in the desert.

As I did on Friday, you can walk into the foyer of the South Australian museum, and touch this meteorite: run your hands over it, poke your fingers into the holes, see the shiny bits of metal in the rock. It’s a marvellous feeling – to be able to connect physically with something from beyond this world.

More details about the meteorite, and a photo of it where it was found: Meteorite Odds and Ends: Mundrabilla Meteorite

My star chart is complete now. I made it!

*This signifies nothing. I still haven’t touched the demon drink, even though July has been over for nine hours now.

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13 responses

  1. That’s awesome, are you wishing you had picked a shorter month?

  2. Star the 32nd is you – for keeping the demon drink at bay and for this wonderful series of posts.

    When you started I didn’t doubt you’d be able to keep away from alcohol but I did wonder how you’d come up with 31 stars. You did it and did it well.

    Thank you for the education and inspiration.

    1. I had some help with the stars, from some kind readers, to whom I am very grateful. I’m planning a post on the experience: it should go up later today, or maybe tomorrow.

  3. If a dry month ends with touching stars…well, from here where?
    Fantastic month of stars.

  4. Well done, and a fantastic series of stars in your chart. I loved reading it every day.

  5. Deborah,

    It’s been lovely and inspiring reading your ‘stars’ everyday. Thank-you.

  6. Well done! (I’ve enjoyed making off the stars myself, even if I did nothing to deserve them ;)

  7. I’ve looked forward to seeing what you would come up with, every day this month. Well done on the finding stars, and on the blogging every day (which is something to celebrate in itself), and of course on sticking to your pledge, despite birthday parties and tradie stress.

    Here’s lookin’ at you, kid! ::raises virtual glass::

  8. Well done Deborah :-) The stars have been a great pleasure to read each day, thank you for sharing them with us!

  9. Congrats :)

  10. Congratulations to you and Tigtog for doing this! I hope it’ll inspire me for next year – February or July.

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