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Rain

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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 detail of Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

We had a lovely long walk last weekend, taking in Blackstone Edge which sits right on the border of West Yorkshire & Greater Manchester (Lancashire really!!).

Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

As we walked along one of the bridleway tracks this striking outcrop of gritstone rock came into view.

Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

Lovely in its own right, but it had a little extra secret to unveil as we got closer.

Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

Expertly chiselled into its surface was a poem entitled RAIN.

Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

We suspected it might have been written by Simon Armitage when we saw the SA, but weren’t sure. Having since done a bit of research, we now know that it’s one in a series of elemental works by him entitled The Stanza Stones dotted around the Pennines. They were commissioned by Ilkley Literature Festival. Other titles include Snow, Mist, Dew, Puddle and Beck.

Simon Armitage's initials from his 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

Ironically, it was a glorious sunny day but the Pennines are certainly no strangers to the watery stuff. It’s a fundamental force in shaping this landscape.

 detail of Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

It’s a beautiful poem and we found it very life affirming – and strangely wished that we were standing in the rain reading it – the rock’s surface glistening and droplets running down our faces. Justin read it out loud and we recorded it on a mobile phone – so we’d be sure to have the words when we got home. We needn’t have worried as there’s a lovely book available called The Stanza Stones published by Enitharmon. Justin is a bit embarrassed, but his open air reading has been embedded at the bottom of this post – his Northern accent suits it! :-) All that’s missing is the pitter-patter of rain in the background.

 detail of Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

We’re now very keen to read the book and visit the other works in this series.

RAIN

Be glad of these freshwater tears,
Each pearled droplet some salty old sea-bullet
Air-lifted out of the waves, then laundered and sieved, recast as a soft bead and returned.
And no matter how much it strafes or sheets, it is no mean feat to catch one raindrop clean in the mouth,
To take one drop on the tongue, tasting cloud pollen, grain of the heavens, raw sky.
Let it teem, up here where the front of the mind distils the brunt of the world.

© Simon Armitage 2010

Click the little triangle on the left to hear Justin reading the poem

Stanza Stones is available from Amazon.

If you fancy giving the walk(s) a go you can download the poetry trail guide from the Ilkley Literature Festival website.

Gimme Five! Clear umbrellas

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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Selection of 5 clear umbrellas | H is for Home

Classic sunshine & showers all this week – the weather doesn’t know what it’s doing from one minute to the next. You don’t always want to be wearing layers of waterproof clothing if the rain only lasts ten minutes, so a nice umbrella is the perfect solution. I like a clear umbrella myself, so I can pull it down low but still see where I’m going. Here are five of my favourites from around the web.

  1. Birds on a Wire dome: £14, BHS
  2. Bubble: £25, Hunter
  3. Stella McCartney: £37, Selfridges
  4. Mood Dots parasol: £35, Radley
  5. PVC dome Enchanted Dotty print: £17, Totes

Rain rain, go away!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

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detail of white felt cloud and multicoloured rain drop mobile on rain rain, go away poster

We got very excited this morning when this large package arrived from the U.S.

large cardboard box with overflowing packing beads

We hadn’t ordered it… we’d won it!

large cardboard box opened revealing rain rain, go away poster and mobile

It’s a fabulous prize from interior decorator/graphic designer Dee Adams, author of one of our favourite blogs, deedee9:14

detail of handmade raincloud mobile hanging from our kitchen window

Rain rain, go away poster designed by Dee Dee Adams

The giveaway consisted of this cute little cloud & raindrops mobile from The Butter Flying Etsy shop and a framed poster designed by Dee herself.

raincloud mobile in its new home hanging from the sash window in the kitchen above the herb seedlings looking out into the back garden

We’ve found good homes for both. The cloud mobile is hanging from the kitchen window, watering the seedlings beneath – and Dee’s poster is now hanging in our bedroom. It’s a lovely illustration whatever the weather!

Rain rain, go away framed poster designed by Dee Dee Adams

Having said that, it’s a very apt artwork for us – we live in Todmorden in the Pennines, one of the wettest places in the country!