Not November


















There’s a gale already raging outside as the latest winter storm rolls in off the Atlantic. These photos then, from the end of October, taken during a family stroll around Hawes Water and back home, are the antithesis of everything we’ve experienced since they were taken, full as they are of light, warmth, blue skies, butterflies, and leaves of myriad colours. Although November’s long since gone I’m put in mind of this poem by Thomas Hood, which, I’m surprised to find, I don’t seem to have shared through this forum before:

No sun – no moon!
No morn – no noon –
No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! –

November seems to be doggedly persistent this year having dragged on for at least twice it’s allotted interval now. I hope it exhausts itself soon.

Not November

6 thoughts on “Not November

  1. I have the same feeling since the very fine first day of November that turned into his dreadful spell of weather that started with the High Close weekend and seems to have carried on ever since. I keep seeing the reports of the awful weather back home and wondering whether it can actually get any worse as it seems to do every day. These days are memories to treasure

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes, seems like a very distant memory now. Some of the surface water seems to have finally drained away locally, but not all of it, and apparently there’s more on the way.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Hi Dan, I hope you’re doing OK where you are. We’ve been very lucky compared to many people we know not too far from here. We could really do with a settled spell.

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