Friday, 14 January 2011

Fantasy in the fog

The weather has been the most curious I can remember for the time of year. Before Christmas there was lots of snow and now there’s tons of rain. And in between was… the fog.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Cornwall? I spent part of the recent holiday there, though I might as well have been on the moon, considering the circumstances. I understand that virtually the whole of the UK was swathed in similar low hanging cloud at the time, but this sort of climatic condition regularly affects the Cornish peninsula. I was once there for a week in June when the weather was exactly the same. I went to see a play at the outdoor Minack Theatre and could barely see the stage for fog – though it rather added to the authentic atmosphere of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Some people find the Cornish mizzle strangely romantic. It can be eerily beautiful to see the gnarled branches of Lamorran wood rising out of the fog. Or to accidentally stumble upon an apparition of a gothic style mansion with lion-topped gateposts - the quirky turrets vaguely visible through the mist (I wasn’t trespassing, honest!)

Talking of gothic, we’ve some gorgeous feather-trimmed, fingerless gloves at ShopCurious – and they’re on sale now too.

Anyway, I’d like to know what you think of this type of weather? Does it make you go all misty eyed? Or are you wary of the ghosts that may be lurking, hidden inside the curiously creepy fog…


worm said...

wowo susan I think that is my favourite ever post of yours! love the photos, love the writing and am loving the completely bonkers addition of cradle of filth!!! haha

so..back to the subject matter... I see you have learnt the truth about cornwall....many people think we are all about blue skies and sunshine. When the reality is approx 300 days a year of dank horrible mist/rain/sleet

BTW what camera do you use? It's very good

Susan said...

Aw Worm, that's so kind. Makes me want to throw my arms around you and give you a big hug (though not if you're all slimy and covered in mud?)

My rather brilliant little camera is a Sony Cyber-shot 13.6 megapixel jobbie. I just press the button and everything else is taken care of. Remarkable!

Anonymous said...

Really like that photo of Cornish Gothic Manor House. can you tell me it's name, whereabouts etc?