21 January 2017

Grey

Up here in Yorkshire, the weather has been pretty dismal most of the week. Occasionally, we get winter weeks like this when our world is blanketed by  a thick, unbroken layer of cloud. Above it aeroplanes will no doubt be flying in bright sunshine but down below we exist in a murky half'-light.

When I pulled back the curtains yesterday morning, it was another grey day. That is what the weather forecasters had predicted so the gloominess was no surprise. I had an idea for a poem and once downstairs with this laptop switched on, I began to compose it. Here it is:-
Have you ever heard of  Sod's Law? As I was honing these lines, an unfamiliar  brightness appeared in the January sky and through our bay window I even spotted a small patch of blue. The meteorological people had got it wrong! The grey days were at last giving way to light.and colour.

Standing in the shower, I contemplated a country walk - not too far away from home. Ten minutes later I was on my way to the parish of Bradfield for a sunny walk round Agden Reservoir and it was quite delightful to be out and about once more... walking in the light.
A view of Boot's Folly
St Nicholas's Church, High Bradfield

31 comments:

  1. I had to Google "Sod's Law" and went on a delightful journey to "Murphy's Law" (which I already knew) and then "Finagle's Law" which led to "Finagle's variable constant" ... this is how hours are lost each evening!! Anyhow, I understand the enjoyment of a walk so I'm glad you could have one. Your countryside looks much like ours, an ocean away. (Currently, that is, although apparently they used to be part of the same land mass.)

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    1. Jenny, no need to google it, YP has provided a link in his post; just click on the words "Sod's law" at the end of his sentence "Have you ever heard of Sod's Law?", and it takes you straight to the wikipedia entry.

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    2. Thank you for your helpful intervention my Swabian chum. It is Sod's Law that Jenny ignored my link to So's Law so sod it!

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    3. And now I have to confess that clicking on YP's link is exactly how I got to Wikipedia! I misspoke out of forgetfulness! Thanks anyway for the help :)

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  2. Gray days can really get you down. However, it was nice that you could get out for a good walk. Here, it is very icy in the walks.

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    1. So Canadians spell the colour "grey" in the American way? As you are an important member of The British Commonwealth, there should be a law that you spell "grey" the British way.

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    2. Wow! You've got me going on this one. I'm not too particular about the different spellings. We see them both and since we read American stuff see their spelling more. Now commonwealth makes some of us drift into a rant. We think of our independence and not when we were having to abide by other rules.

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    3. You's prefer to be in The American Commonwealth... now The Trump Commonwealth?

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  3. I like the poem, it's very evocative.

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    1. Thanks for taking the trouble to read it Kylie.

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  4. Ah, those little people....
    What a mucky track on the way to Boot's Folly.

    Alphie

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    1. The track was made of chocolate Alphie.

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  5. If you think it was a grey day in Yorkshire, you should have been in America yesterday.

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    1. Yeah! It was very grey in Washington. "America First. America First" - I think that when Steve Bannon composed Trump's speech, he anticipated the crowd joining in and chanting those two words - but they didn't.

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    2. What crowds? Trump's inauguration had record-setting low turnout. I got a certain small, mean pleasure from that.

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    3. Poor Old Trump! Hardly anybody really likes him - not even his wife.

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  6. You certainly are going through a creative phase at present!

    Grey suits you! :)

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    1. I should buy myself a grey suit. I already have a pair of grey underpants, grey socks and a grey shirt. Luckily at 63 my hair is not yet grey. Perhaps I should dye it grey.

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    2. One of my favourite movies of old starring the wonderful Gregory Peck is "The Man in the Grey (Gray) Flannel Suit".

      My hair is grey and I like it being grey, luckily! :)

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  7. Glorious sunshine all day in Wiltshire but it hardly touched the frost. Freezing!

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    1. The big cloud has kept the frost away in Yorkshire Sue.

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  8. Fog here this morning but then it cleared and we too had some sun. It makes so much difference when you can see some blue sky and sunshine outside.

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    1. Yes blue sky and sunshine lifts our spirits doesn't it Jenny?

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  9. We've had sun, sun and more sun all week, and it is set to be like this for the weekend, too. But the sunlight coming in through my windows (which are in desperate need of a good clean) is deceptive, as it is very cold. Last night, I think we were down to -12 Celsius or so, and it was -8 this morning when I was getting up.

    Your photos are great, as always, and looking at the church reminds me of the wonderful summer's day I spent in and around High Bradfield with Aunt J and Uncle B two years ago.

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    1. The Atlantic cloud blanket has been keeping our temperatures very mild. I am glad the picture of St Nicholas's Church brought back nice summer memories.

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  10. Odd flashes of sunshine here too. Grey again this morning.

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    1. Yup! we are back to the grey too.

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  11. Sorry to rub it in, but it's been deep blue clear skies down here all week. But the bad news is, it's frrrreeeezzzzing.

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    1. You're welcome to "rub it in" any time ADDY. I prefer baby oil or lard. The cloud blanket has kept the Yorkshire temperature mild.

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  12. Thank goodness for incorrect weather forecasts! Since you wrote this post things have brightened up here in London. We had lots of sun over the weekend. Socked in with fog this morning, though.

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    1. I never heard the expression "socked in" before.

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