The weather forecast for Edinburgh was cloudy and it seemed too much to hope for—would we be able to see the solar eclipse in our garden on Friday morning? Was it possible that on 20 March 2015, the very day that an eclipse would coincide with the equinox, something that occurs only once in 19 years, we would actually be able to see the sun? When it came to the time, the skies were blue and the eclipse showed beautifully, projected through binoculars onto a screen (a safe way of viewing).
For a sundial maker this is the best kind of luck. Very often, there is a long wait for checking time on a sundial before the sun shines. Nineteen years would have been a very long time to wait!