the view

at some stage I will work out how to download photos from my phone (again) (yes, that old chestnut) (*SIGH*)

in the meantime, here is a verbal description of the London Town skyline from my perch in the heavens:

(West to East, cos I'm looking North)

the Wembley Arch, lots of cranes at Shepherd's Bush (they're building a new shopping complex), Primrose Hill (or it might be Hampstead Heath?), Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, the Natural History Museum, Imperial College, more cranes, the Post Office Tower, more cranes, the London Eye, Big Ben (tower and clockface), the Gherkin, more cranes, Chelsea Harbour, Battersea Power Station's four chimneys, more cranes, riverside apartment complexes, more cranes, the broadcasting tower at Crystal Palace, the hills this side of the South Downs

every recognisable site or building has office blocks and the rooves of houses inbetween

I'd rather be on a cliff watching the tide coming in and going out at Polzeath

or in the countryside perhaps on top of that famous hill (whose name escapes me) somewhere in Somerset or Avon

but I am here, and I'm making the most of it

the sun is shining, it's another beautiful day towards the end of July - bright, clear, a few cirrus* some strato-cumulus* clouds dotted about

know your clouds, people?!
cirrus are high white clouds with a silken or fibrous appearance;
cumulus are detached dense clouds which rise in domes
or towers from a level low base;
stratus are extensive layers or flat patches
of low clouds without detail;
cirrostratus is cirrus so abundant as to fuse into a layer;
cirrocumulus is formed of high clouds broken into
a delicate wavy or dappled pattern;
stratocumulus is a low-level layer cloud
having a dappled, lumpy, or wavy structure;
altocumulus is similar to stratocumulus,
but lies at intermediate levels;
altostratus is a thick, extensive, layer cloud at intermediate levels;
nimbostratus is a dark, widespread cloud with a low base
from which prolong drain or snow falls;
cumulonimbus is a large cumulus which produces
a rain or snow shower. . .

(*I don't have my copy of Gavin Pretor-Pinney's The Cloudspotters Guide here, which is a shame, cos I've probably gotten it wrong!)

I wonder if Cloud Nine is there anywhere?

I hope the sun is shining for you today
(yes! YOU!!)
virtually, in reality or metaphorically


Anonymous G said...


Take my time
I'll show you cloud nine
Take my smile and my heart
They were yours from the start
The pieces to omit are mine

Have my love
Use it while it does you good
Share my highs but the times
That it hurts, pay no mind
The pieces you don't need are mine
I'll see you there on cloud nine

Take my hope
Maybe even share a joke
If there's good to be shown
You may make it all your own
But if you want to quit that's fine
While you're out looking for cloud nine

~George Harrison

Anonymous G said...

a slight improvement is GOOD!


Mel said...

(((((((((((( ILTV ))))))))))))))

Much love and appreciation for the kindly tip on saving the comments from the evil comment/post eating Moofie Monster!

k...... lemme copy this one..LOL


Mel said...


See, even the threat of outsmarting the Moofie Monster spares me the loss of comment!


((((((((((( ILTV ))))))))))

From one cloud watcher to another, of course!

Mel said...

*doing happy dance*

It worked!
It worked!!


(I do hope you're feeling much better today.)

Gordie said...

According to the Met Office, Cloud Nine = "Cumulonimbus with Anvil". Possibly a reference to the god Thor?

I, like the view said...

see gordie, I always thought that I'd read somewhere that Cloud Nine was a reference to the RAF and WW2 and going to Heaven (I forget the rest)

but when I goggled it on google, that didn't come up - perhaps I read it in The CS Manual?

mel too sick to dance, physically, but my mood and mind are wiggling their hips and tapping their toes in time with the beat


(remind me of this day next time I am down, will ya)

Malc said...

A pint of Sharps at the Doom Bar at New Polzeath, sat outside with salty hair and slightly uncomfortable face in the sunshine, watching the last of the line-up get the final few waves. See you there some time.