Friday, May 26, 2006

Areas of Brightness

The eskimos may have umpteen different words for snow but the British would surely rival them with different ways of referring to rain. What is "rain clearing to showers, followed by thunderstorms and then light drizzle" other than extremely wet?! May is traditionally the
driest month here in England but THIS May is apparently set to break a 200 year rainfall record. Still, we have been fortunate to experience some "areas of brightness" and have seized the opportunity to ramble over hill and dale as we explore our Yorkshire surrounds.

We are gradually familiarising ourselves with the nomenclature of the English countryside - lorries crossing, becks, copses, crofts, styles, field gates and so on. It's all so delightfully English - I feel like I am living one of those Famous Five books that I devoured as a child.

My supposedly waterproof Rockport boots have proven no match for the sodden paddocks and I realise now that we should have invested in one of those plastic map envelopes but "musn't grumble" is an English byword and I'm game to follow along.

Found a month-old patchwork store (Pennypot Patchwork) outside Harrogate earlier in the week and bought some lovely Batiks. Otherwise, little to report on the quilting front. Can't wait to get back in my studio! Cheerio!

2 Comments:

Blogger Delia said...

poor david... :(

June 02, 2006 6:24 pm  
Blogger rooruu said...

I particularly like the photos of the old Yorkshire tiles - but have enjoyed reading about all your travels.

The Irish have a delightful expression for a day of light rain - they avoid the 'r' word altogether, and refer to it as a 'soft day'!

Looking forward to seeing your quilt/s at the Sydney show - always enjoy your wonderful use of colour.

June 11, 2006 11:39 pm  

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