Friday, November 09, 2012

The Land Of Mists And Mildew Fruitfulness


Whilst we were away, I kept getting messages from home telling me how miserable the weather was. There is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from the knowledge that whilst you are soaking up the Caribbean sun your nearest and dearest are dripping in the land of mists and mildew fruitfulness. Since we have been back, however, the weather here in Yorkshire has been absolutely delightful, combining a sun that doesn't burn with a Autumnal sharpness that re-awakens the spring in your step. It was such a pleasant day yesterday that I walked from Elland to Brighouse along the canal towpath and, along the way, I took this photograph of an old canal-side mill. Like the face of an old man or woman, the building has the lines and furrows, scabs and wrinkles that depict its passage through time. It is almost a complete Economic and Social History book in a single image. Oh, the palm-fringed white sands of the Caribbean were wonderful - but this is home. 

15 comments:

  1. Home sweet home, and great pic!!
    Love the many colors running over all the surface.
    Good for you if you find the weather at home
    not such a shocker after your holidays.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  2. Love the shot! And are you trying to claim that good weather follows you around? Heh, heh!

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  3. How can such an eclectic mix of windows have evolved?

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  4. that proves that the sun just follows your smiling face, Alan. :)

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  5. Wonderful photo Alan, like a sad and weary old man somehow. Yes, Yorkshire has depth that you don't find amongst the palms and white sands.

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  6. Moss, ferns, and various greenery growing on buildings (and sometimes cars), that's home for me too. I hope Amy was able to accompany you on this walk. I'm sure she was delighted to have you both back home.

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  7. Im glad you enjoyed your trip Alan and is nice back home too:)

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  8. Interesting old photo. Rather neat that they leave old buildings rather than destroy them.
    Funny how little time it takes to forget the tropics when you get back home.

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  9. Whatever happened to this poor old building? It looks like two separate buildings with one collapsed upon the other. Regardless, nice shot. And, glad to hear the weather is good and that you're back home. The weather here was more than perfect today.

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  10. What a fantastic photograph......the colours are beautiful. It could almost be a watercolour painting. ( Love the beach one too) Just rediscovered your blog via Frances Garood's followers. I used to read you a couple of years ago!

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  11. Saw this first on google plus and thought it was a stunningly good photo.

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  12. A wall of distinctive character. My son who is a computer 3D artist, recently acquired a camera in part to create an archive of "grunge" images that can be used as realistic texture when "painting" surfaces and backgrounds. This would make a good example.

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  13. You have a great way with words and I agree with your description of the old mill wall but give me the Caribbean any time.

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  14. Sweet:)
    Home is just the feeling of oneness with all that's familiar.
    Great post!

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  15. However did the one section escape..it must have been covered up for years..it is so bright looking and out of place:)

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