13 July 2018

Drizzle

Millstone boulder on Higger Tor
I was about to drive Clint down to Sheffield Cathedral to donate some shoes, underpants and shirts to the homeless charity that is based there. However, by the time I was ready to go something weird started to happen outside. It began to rain!

We haven't seen any rain since May and at first I was confused. Mind you this wasn't proper English rain. Not teaspoon sized raindrops filling ankle-deep puddles. This rain was so fine it felt like a gossamer spray - so fine it hardly wetted the pavement before evaporating.

Why am I talking in past tenses when the almost invisible rain shower is happening right now? As I look out of our window, I can see it settling on Clint's bonnet (American - hood) and Clint is breathing  huge sighs of relief having endured so many hot days, standing out in the open. The thin rain is bringing him some welcome relief.

As well as visiting the homeless charity, I was planning to go rambling on the moors west of The Derwent Valley today but that expedition has now been postponed. Perhaps I will go tomorrow.  My walks are always photograph opportunities and for that hobby I prefer the illumination that direct sunshine brings. What would have been dull, grey scenes are almost always enlivened by sunlight.

Earlier this week I did manage a little constitutional walk up on Higger Tor which is a millstone plateau three miles from here, close to Stanage Edge. There were several school parties out and about. Some were scrambling up the rocks and all seemed to be wearing helmets. Teachers and outdoor leaders were shepherding them like flocks of sheep. After all, you never know what dangers you might encounter in the countryside!

And still the fine rain drifts down from on high. Clint even looks as though he has broken into a sweat. Perhaps he spotted one of those sexy little Fiats driving up the hill! South Korean cars are so hot-blooded.
On Higger Tor looking to Stanage Edge

18 comments:

  1. Haha, do you blame Clint, he is a young car!
    I like the rock in the last photo; the depressed part looks like a heart. I am attracted to things in nature that are heart-shaped: stones, clouds, leaves, spots on animals...
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. You are right. The depression is indeed heart-shaped. Well spotted Maria! Italian ladies are so romantic.

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  2. I hope the homeless charity identifies donors of underpants -- full disclosure and all that -- so that potential buyers can exercise their discretion.

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    1. Those underpants have been used to conceal England's crown jewels!

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  3. The irony of all the steps that are now taken to protect children from every blade of grass is that accidents will still happen and, in this blame culture in which we now live, someone will be blamed and more protective measures will be put in place ad infinitem. Gone are the days when we could climb trees, fall out of them, break an arm and go and do it all over again because climbing trees is FUN.

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    1. I am sure that the leaders of these school groups were closely observing the sixty something man with the Sony camera in their midst. He (me) might have been an escaped paedophile hunting for his unsuspecting prey. I tell you Graham - when I was Head of English in my school we became very wary of even taking a busload of children to one of the theatres in the city centre. Too much risk. Too much form-filling and permission slip collecting.Crazy.

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  4. I'm so envious of that drizzle. So far down here we are still scorching.
    Briony
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    1. It lasted half an hour 0.005mm must have fallen!

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  5. Yorkie, this has nothing to do with your post today, I just wanted to drop in and tell you what fun it is to watch your countrymen take my country's president don a peg or two. I hear them and see them and think, THAT is here this country came from - snarky, cocky, tough people who don't take doo doo from anyone. And now we're just a bunch of marshmallows, turning on our TV channel of choice each day to find out what our opinions are supposed to be. I bet, back in the day, King George wished he'd had a lot more ships to get rid of the rowdies and ship them off to America. Your descendants need an infusion of that spirit these days, to break the pall of mother russia.

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    1. Hmmm, my "w" key is sticky today.

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    2. I can't imagine you being a marshmallow American scoffing pizza on a sofa while you absorb all the wisdom that Fox News has to offer. And you are by no means alone Jan. There are millions of Americans who can see right through the frightening Trumpishness.

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    3. I'm checking my fingers this morning to see if they're all here, they didn't appear to be working yesterday. My point was, here in America we need an infusion of the scrappy British spirit to get us back on our path again.

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  6. So you have to use your imagination for this rain or are you imaging this? Wouldn't it be nice just get a good rain. we are dry here .

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    1. Is Alberta dry? I thought you could buy beer and spirits there!

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  7. Tell Clint that I used to own a little red Fiat named "Come Hither." I was a hippy then so that name had various meanings, of course. Now, of course, I own a very respectable BMW SUV. Too bad!

    Lovely picture of the millstone.

    Tomorrow, Clint.

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    1. A BMW SUV? Wow Mama Thyme - you and Big Bear must have won the Colorado state lottery! You must look real cool driving around in that vehicle - with your sunglasses on - listening to Jim Reeves on the CD player.

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  8. You folks have had a real dry spell. That can lead to all kinds of problems over time. I hope you get some rain soon and in moderate, useful amounts, not a deluge all at once!

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    1. Some more rain fell tonight but the weekend is scheduled to be hot and sunny. That rain won't do a lot of good.

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