January Road Trip (XXVI)

Dress of Wedding White

Delectable curves fill cloth

Sun casts confetti

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n.b. I witnessed stunning views whilst travelling through the Southern Uplands this morning.

The white hills, dark clouds with Sun breaking through dropping more snow in curtains. A delicate show of light and shade was daubed onto the rounded terrain of south-west Scotland.

I have never seen such a magical snowscape; it was worth every mile driven on this excursion just to experience this today.

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CLP 28/01/2020

January Road Trip (I)

South Coast to East Coast

Over Downs, through Chilterns, Fens

Sky grey, grey, greyer

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n.b. One of those days when dawn hardly happens and dusk is always present. A day when you want to switch the lights on, but realise you’re outside. A day when you come to understand that there are probably more than fifty shades of the colour that sits between black and white; none of them particularly inspiring. A day when the sound of geese rising off the salt marshes is more colourful to the ear than anything your eyes have seen since you woke up.

Nevertheless a pleasant journey in excellent company and a decent lunch stop in Rickmansworth, Café Deli 122.

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CLP 22/01/2020

Sky Pink

From along the ridge

I saw through Swell Wood’s winter skeleton

To the sun-bathed Levels

Their rain-full grips and rhynes

Fields; mirrors to the sky

That held the pink tinge

Of chilled noses

Numb fingers

Of frost-smoke breath

Of the cold that will fall

From behind the stars tonight

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n.b. Grip: cut in the Levels to ease water run off. Rhyne: water channel cut along field edges to provide a way to hold drinking water for livestock and to mark boundaries in lieu of hedgerows.

CLP 19/01/2020