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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.


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.