Thursday, May 10, 2007

Weather eye

Rainbows bring out a childlike sense of wonder in me; especially double rainbows, and I have seen two of those this week. Because they are so rare, I feel they simply have to be auspicious.

To be rewarded by the rainbow, however, it is necessary to first have the rain. After a global-warmed and dried early spring, there hasn’t been much of that around here recently. The ground has been hard as concrete and scored by deep cracks like the lines on an octogenarian’s face. If that isn’t a demonstration of the aging effects of the sun, I don’t know what is.

The rain has returned with a vengeance. Northumberland already boasts the best skies in Britain: big, bold and expressive. This week, the skies have surpassed themselves in their dramatic, Turner-esque turmoil. I always imagine Wagner would provide the ideal accompaniment to the movement of a stormy sky.

Today’s rain also seems to have stopped my sneezing. Bring it on!

17 comments:

@themill said...

Was in Devon yesterday and the weather was even worse. And their beaches aren't a patch on ours, although much better for surfing according to the eldest who is living down there.

Sarnia said...

Well I'm pissed off with the rain and the cold!

After weeks of idyllic sunshine and warmth and being outside until gone 8pm every day it's back to weather worse than it was in "winter" (which didn't really happen 2006/7).

As I type this, the wind is increasing and I can hear the pebbles and shingle being dragged up and down the beach (300 yards away) by the tide.

Waaah! I want blue skies and sunshine again!

beta mum said...

Those of us with hay fever are pulled in two directions at this time of year...
Lovely warm dry beach weather = sneezing and fists rubbing eyes until they hurt.
Miserable dreary wet drizzly weather = disappearance of all symptoms.
I'd still plump for the beach though.

Arthur Clewley said...

ah yes, rain steam and speed. The train in that painting has just arrived in Darlington you know.

mutterings and meanderings said...

@themill, ours are the best in the world!

Sarnia, have patience, it will come ...

Beta Mum, I have been praying for rain - the ground is too hard to do the XC jumps at the moment!

Arthur, good to see you. Well spotted. I love that picture. I may in fact make it larger...

Nunhead Mum of One said...

I must admit I favour changeable weather - I'm either too hot for ages or too chilly for an age. I quite like not knowing what weather I'm waking up to!

We're thinking of going horse riding M&M!

rilly super said...

big, bold and expressive? A bit like Julie Burchill you mean?

mountainear said...

The clouds are hunkered down over our hills now and we've got some good steady archetypal English drizzle. Or it might be Welsh, as we live about a kilometre across the border. Who cares, it's wet.

I'm tolerating it at present as the ground needs water badly. But I am cold and the forecast seems to say rain forever. Bring on the sun I say!

mutterings and meanderings said...

Get thee to horse, NMO

Rilly, the sky's not as scary (or high pitched) as Ms Burchill ...

Mountainear, I am pleased with the rain for the moment as the ground needs to soften up so I can do the XC jumps. Selfish, I know ...

Anonymous said...

I've just bought a book by the 'Cloud Appreciation Society' published on the back of the staggering success of their website. Can't review yet as I've yet to finish reading it, but the website is:-

http://www.cloudappreciationsociety.org/

I particularly like their reference to 'fighting the banality of blue-sky thinking' - Yeah, verily!

The Secretary said...

I like it to be raining when I am at work and sunny when I am at home. So long as I can sit in the garden with a G&T at the end of the day then I am happy. I have been known to sit on the bench at the end of the garden in wellies, kagool and umbrella - half an hour go actually!!!

Exmoorjane said...

Nothing more miserable than hayfever... I suffered from about seven years old until fourteen. often goes in seven year cycles. Hmm, might be worth looking at EPD (enzyme potentiation desensitization).......The British Society for Ecological Medicine – www.ecomed.org.uk (for a list of doctors who use EPD).....
Janex

Pig in the Kitchen said...

I learnt today that my eldest daughter is allergic to a range of pollens that between them will be spreding their evil until August. So that's a cheery thought.
Must look for a rainbow!!!
Pigx

mutterings and meanderings said...

Anon, some fab pictures on there...

I think you have your priorities right, Secretary!

ExmoorJane, I have only suffered this year with the yellow stuff - this is the first year in 18 years that I have not been smoking. I wonder if there is a connection?

Oh Pig, I'm sorry. Perhaps, as Jane above you says, it may go in seven year cycles and she will grow out of it? They sa your whole body (and your soul) is renewed every seven years..

Posie Rosie said...

I don't like it wen its cold and wet, but do love the dramatic skies and rainbows,at times our island seems like a land of rainbows, it does make up for a bit of rain, and the green things love it.

Brom said...
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Brom said...

It's been good to have the rain back this week. I was starting to wonder if we were heading into a Summer of 76 re-run.