Sunday, 23 August 2015


As I haven't been able to write, I've been gathering remaining research material ready for returning to the Nottinghamshire story.

My own personal hero- my husband- has taken a couple of weeks off. Unfortunately we haven't been able to go on holiday as we intended, so we've been busy reorganising at home instead, so that's why there's been little writing this month.

Though admittedly the furniture shifting did result in my getting access to some of my useful reference books, so it was worth it. :-)

We're not finished with the sorting yet, as the changeable weather has made it difficult to move some things around. You fill up a few boxes so you can move one piece, but then the boxes take up the spare room- unless you can temporarily put them outside, but then there's dark clouds building...

So there may not be another blog post until next weekend.

The time away from writing has also been giving my brain time to play with ideas for my other stories, and watch the clouds while I'm thinking.

In the past the clouds were a good indicator of approaching rain and storms, and I'm sure modern farmers have become attuned to their appearance too, just as those farming a couple of hundred years ago would have been.

Sadly I only see the standard types of clouds, but if you stand watching for a few minutes, not only do they move but they change shape and reveal and conceal light as they go- if the weather conditions are right.

Layers of light and shade...
Rain is on the way...
A burst of grey...

A Turtle or a Pigeon?

As a child I remember lying down on the floor of the roundabout and watching the sky revolve above my head, and the clouds wisp by like candy floss being twirled around a stick.

If you're really interested in clouds and the study of them, there's a society you can join, The Cloud Appreciation Society.

Sometimes we just need to stop and take a breath, and look up at the clouds...

(Photos taken 22nd August 2015)


  1. Lovely post, Carol. I see a dragon in that last picture. I can remember lying on a roundabout as a child and watching the sky spin round - thank you for the reminder :-) xx

    1. Thanks, Teresa. Interesting how different people see different things. You see a dragon, my husband saw a turtle and I saw a pigeon. :D

      Lying down on the roundabout and looking up at the clouds was clearly a standard childhood activity... :-)x

  2. Funnily enough, I've just blogged about taking time off, Carol! Love the idea of just watching the clouds and imagining the pictures in them.

    1. I'm off to read your latest post next, Rosemary.

      Watching clouds can be very relaxing, and is good to do if you're getting stressed- the wonder of nature takes over. :-)

  3. I am fascinated by clouds, especially storm clouds. It is great to see a storm rolling in. With the extreme heat over here in Germany, there have been ample chances to see storm clouds speedily billow up and dominate the skies. Mind you, I do enjoy the serene whisps bobble along on a clear day too.

  4. Storm clouds can be scary and impressive at the same time, aren't they, Nicola.

    I've learnt to recognise how many minutes I have to get gardening finished, or the drying washing brought in before the rain starts by looking at the clouds and their position in the sky.

    I enjoy seeing the big fluffy high clouds in a bright blue summer sky, they say all is well today. :-)


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