The Diary of Mini CASSiE 1st.
A great couple of days in Braunston having a look round and exploring the local shops, it was time for me to set of in my rocket to Anglesey, as North West Astronomy Show was the following weekend, so got prepared for the 3 day journey.
Also got a huge box of outreach items to hand out at the weekend including solar glasses kindly donated by the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, stickers and dvds provided by Hubble and ESO, and NASA pins for my Mum and patches for Tracey and Sonia from Astronomy for Fun who I was going to help over the weekend.
Everything was ready and had a early watercress meal then into the rocket and off I go…..
All good and well on track, flying over the countryside and I can see the coast from here.
Making good time as only 2 days and can see the outline of Anglesey, so better prepare for landing.
Landing a success and just got to wait for the ground crew to collect me and transport all the outreach cargo to the Farm……..
I see them, all loaded onto the transport and off we go………wait a minute… this does not look like a farm, it’s a big house????
And why has it gone dark????
All is quiet and I hear the heavy rain on the roof, thankfully wherever I am it is dry.
Must be a quarantine chamber……
The next day I awoke to more heavy rain on the roof of the dark building, now this is not on, lets go and have a look outside, so slowly opened the door to the rocket I step outside.
‘Hello’ I shout, but no reply, it seems to be a big room with huge doors at one end, this is odd.
Suddenly I hear foot steps on the gravel path outside……….they maybe coming to get me….
‘IN HERE’ I shout, but the footsteps fade away, food…..I need food……luckily this building is not that watertight, as there is a new looking bucket on the floor that is catching the rain as it falls through the roof, which is cool and refreshing, so out with the first day supplies. Good job the ration pack is a month, as no idea how long I am going to be in here.
The days pass, and nobody comes. I find a second bucket and a small window, which is enough light to get a tasty crop of watercress growing, so food and water is sorted out, so now the plan is to escape.
There seems to be a lot of movement outside, so climb up to the watercress factory bench I made from the DVDs, and look outside, there is a big van pulling up…..
‘IN HERE, OVER HERE, HELP’ I shout, but the driver walks round the back of the big house looks at the ground then gets back in the van and drives away.
This is how I pass my time now, listening for movement outside and then climbing up the stack of dvd’s and shouting out the window…
Somebody must see me or hear me, as I am now a couple of weeks late for the show, and upset that I have let them down…
After the 6 months I spent in a field waiting to be rescued, a couple of weeks is not so bad, hope they find me soon.
Week 7……..I hope somebody comes soon, as the nights are getting cooler and with no heating in here I think hibernation may be in order, as with the noise a couple of weeks ago I presume that was bonfire night, so must be getting near December.
I hear a noise, what is that noise…….?????
Footsteps getting closer and closer, there at the huge door, best pack all the outreach items back in the cargo box, quickly, quickly….nearly done, I hear voices outside…
‘IN HERE, HELP…..H E L P…..’
I hear a key in the door, could this be it?
YES….. The rescue team have arrived headed by Martin, who picks up my survival pod and outreach crate and off we go, I am free and safe at last, and not as long as the last time I had to over winter under a hedge in a field in thick deep snow.
Soon I am warming by the fire in the Farm house, and soon be ready to start a new adventure.
Hopefully without getting kidnapped next time….’