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 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.

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Still and damp – the tide coming in fast.

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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 ….

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

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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’.

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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.

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

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

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