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.

 Posted by at 7:51 pm
May 202013
 

There’s been several news stories published in the last week after a quiet spell. Journalists must be rising like the sap… (or it’s just become visible now the leaves are out after a cold period).

Carmathernshire:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-22543621

Galway: http://galwayindependent.com/20130519/news/ash-dieback-warning-for-galway-famers-S18262.html

News about Forestry Commission research actitivities: http://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/community/community-news/tree-blight-fight-is-to-focus-on-arger-fen-1-5096647