Misty, moisty weather

The day started sunny and bright, but by the afternoon a light haze had started to cover the sun and by 3 o’clock the light was failing, and the colour had gone out of the day.


Still and damp – the tide coming in fast.


A short walk along the top of the dyke just by the studio seemed like a good idea for a breath of fresh air. Looking inland the trees were disappearing into the mist and ….


…..turning to face North, across the marsh the horizon was becoming more indistinct by the minute.


How to define this weather? The Scot’s word ‘dreich’ comes to mind and Robert MacFarlane describes it as ‘of weather; gloomy, damp, dark, grey, melancholy, lacking light & colour’.


Perhaps a better word is ‘roke’ which Robert Macfarlane describes as smoke-like mist that rises in the evenings off marshes and water meadows; also very faint rain’. There are numerous other words that describe the standing water and wet ground so prevalent in this part of East Anglia: mist (mug), dew (dag), heavy soil (clogsum, clunch, clag) and mud (slab, slip, slub)….. we have a lot of that here.


Looking back towards the studio the tide had filled the channel.


There’s a lot to enjoy even on a grey afternoon.


5 thoughts on “ Misty, moisty weather

  1. Wendy Stagg

    Just love your entries,your photos and paintings.They make me glad that I too live in this beautiful place.g

  2. Jac Howard

    My son would tell me – “Mother – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.”
    Out of the mouths of babes etc.
    Stunning pics though Debbie – it’s all there – if we just have the eyes to see.
    Thanks for sharing

  3. Gill Wild

    Thanks Debbie for encouraging me to see the beauty in even the greyest of days. It’s all too easy to slip into the gloom.

  4. Amanda Kapp

    This entry had fallen to the bottom of about 18 open tabs on my cell phone. I stumbled across it again today which feels perfect since we were just introduced to MacFarlane in my Writing Science course at the University. I love when life connects concepts from two different medias. Thank you for sharing your lovely work and wanderings.


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