Friday, 29 June 2012

The tempestuous morn - the disappearing castle

According to Matthew Arnold's poem, 'Thrysis', the tempestuous morn is meant to happen in early June.  Our June this year has been tempestuous all the way through.  Looking back at last year's posts I discover that June was drenched then as well - see Tempestuous morn in Stobo.

So, some tempestuous morn in early June,
When the year's primal burst of bloom is o'er,
Before the roses and the longest day -
When garden-walks and all the grassy floor
With blossoms red and white of fallen May
And chestnut-flowers are strewn -
So have I heard the cuckoo's parting cry,
From the wet field, through the vext garden-trees,
Come with the volleying rain and tossing breeze;
The bloom is gone, and with the bloom go I!

In the city centre there is less evidence of strewn blossom, although plenty of volleying rain and tossing breeze.  I wonder if Matthew Arnold would have worked in a disappearing castle, Scott Monument and clock tower of the Balmoral Hotel to his poem?

Excuse the blurry shot below, but the tossing breeze was pretty brisk at that point.  This was the only piper braving the rain, on a deserted Royal Mile.

The flood defences along the Water of Leith have themselves been flooded.  Below, the construction work at Canonmills on a calm day.

After yet more rain:

Thursday, 14 June 2012


My son checking in at Glasgow airport this week for a flight to Delhi via London Heathrow, and then overland to Kathmandu.  He's spending the summer volunteering in Nepal.



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