Sunday, November 18, 2007

To walk in the rain

Last night the clouds attacked the house, threw spears of rain and stones at the roof. This morning the world was washed clean and gentle rain was falling when we walked.

Between the high walls of the ancient path that leads to the top of the hill everything shone with a green glow. Beads of light were held trapped in water berries on the purple branches of the sharp blackthorn, and dripping from the russet heather. Small worlds of water.

On the top of the hill, although it was a light rain falling, the weight of water kept the birds huddled and sheltering in bushes. Last night we feared for these small and fragile creatures, outside in the cold and the fierce storm. We would have asked them to come in for shelter. But they would not have come.

Walking back our fur was pulled to sharp points by the rain. On top of the hill the bracken seemed purple. The heather has lost all its colour.
Home in the warm the fire was welcome and we curled around each other, good to walk in the rain, better to be home again.


Unknown said...

I think that rain is a very bad thing. This is one reason why I do not mind the fact that I can't go outside.

Daisy said...

You are very, very brave to walk Outside in the rain. And I think that the first photo is amazing!

ChrisJ said...

So great, Ginger cats. What a beautiful world you live in. We are going away for a couple of weeks and poor Bailey has to have a cat sitter. But they truly love him and take very good care of him. See you first week in December. I will have to catch up with all your adventures then.

Rowan said...

Beautiful photographs, I also feel sorry for all the wild creatures when the winter storms come. Here the spears of rain changed to white snow feathers in the evening and the autumn coloured dog loved it though he was surprised to see it:) This morning it is rain again and the sky is heavy and leaden.

Monty Q. Kat said...

So much beauty that you capture in a single photograph. You are wonderful Ginger cats!

Monty Q. Kat said...

I was staring at your photos so much I forgot to say I tagged you for a meme. Please stop by to see the rules!

Leslie Hawes said...

Nice piece of writing.
"...water berries..."
"...they would not have come."
"...fur was pulled to sharp points..."