Sep 182013

I have looked at clouds all my life starting back in primary school when we learned about the water cycle and “anvil shaped” storm clouds. We used to lie on our backs as little children and see the shapes in the clouds. That was mirrored a few years later with my first boyfriend when we were laying in the grass at Westbury White Horse watching the clouds scudding across the plain in front of us.At least that’s what we said we were doing!! With the advent of polaroid sunglasses it was possible to see the layers that built up within the clouds without the glare  of the sun.

In the last couple of years in this country we have had plenty of practice at looking at clouds!! I suppose the idea for this little essay came from me trying to find something uplifting about the amount of rain we have had. When we moved to Bristol we were lucky enough to get a garden flat on a hill overlooking the city and we have a “big sky”. This means that we can see the weather passing across in front of us and watch what other people are getting! This has no doubt focused my thoughts and ideas about clouds.

If you had to describe the colours of clouds I suppose white and grey would be the first choices but what about the dark blue of thunder clouds or the smudgy brown on the underside of persistent rain clouds. And then of course there are sun rises and sunsets. We have witnessed some magnificent sunsets across the city in the last few years. The vivid oranges and pinks are in stark contrast to the dark silhouettes of the chimney pots.

I started this entry in December and ran out of time to finish it but I think I may have had enough of clouds for a while with the amount of rain we had!! Having said that I was watching “Africa” on TV and saw the amazing rain clouds dropping life giving water on the Kalahari and realised that the way you think of rain and clouds depends on how much you need the water, or in some cases the shade of a cloud cover. All I know is that today with a bit of sun my spirits have lifted!!

I have just come back to this and how long it is since I wrote anything . Not been the best of years for my family and now some enforced time off work has brought me back to writing. Ishall really try to make this something I do often as when I do it reminds of all that is good.

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Nov 132012

I am pretty rubbish at identifying waders but I do love to watch them! I do know lapwings and Blackheaded gulls even in their winter plumage.

I love Sea Mills even though when ever we go it is cold or wet, and now I want to live in the  New Signal Station! As you can see from the photos that the technical half of Trosen has taken it didn’t disappoint this time!

Nov 062012

We have a hole in the end of the garden which I identified as a badger latrine without the benefit of having seen a badger. I have now actually seen one in the garden when I did one of my nightly sweeps with a torch checking for any creatures. This is quite surprising considering the fact that the garden is bounded on both sides by a brick wall and drops away very steeply at the end down to the garden on the next street down.  All very exciting but this means that the nightly sweeps are now more frequent!

Further evidence of the badgers has now come to light with the appearance of three large holes dug in the lawn (photo below). Holes in the lawn do not bother me as the lawn is really only for the grasshoppers. I put some peanuts out last night and peeped out several times in the night but saw nothing. The peanuts were gone this morning so someone ate them. I will be keeping an eye out again.  What I really need is a camera trap but that is out of my reach at present.

A badger scrape in lawn in urban garden.