Twelfth Night: the rain it raineth every day: Happy New Year!

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7 January, 2014 - 09:51 | Sue Blacker

This is one of my most favourite pictures - the sort I would steal if I were an art thief!  It is by Norman Garstin, and hangs in the Penlees Gallery in Penzance, which is appropriate since it is of the front at Penzance in Cornwall.  I love the colours, muted but lifted by the red building.  I also adore the perspective, and the composition is so beautifully balanced around an empty, rainy, wet space at the centre, leading the ey to the distant wave crashing against the pier.  Wonderful!  It would make a great tapestry in naturally coloured wools ...!

The title of the picture is a quote, I discover, from a song sung by Feste, the sad clown in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - so my timing is quite appropriate!  The whole song is rather lovely:

When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came to man's estate,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
'Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
For the rain, it raineth every day.

But when I came, alas! to wive,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thrive,
For the rain, it raineth every day.

But when I came unto my beds,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
With toss-pots still had drunken heads,
For the rain, it raineth every day.

A great while ago the world begun,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain.
But that's all one, our play is done,
And we'll strive to please you every day.

And of course right now the rain and the wind are indeed around us here. 

But we are getting lovely interludes: here are two pictures taken in the last few days, the first at my field and the second in our garden:

And here is the rain at my yard!

You see no sheep because this is when they spend all day in the barn, munching their bedding and vast amounts of hard garnered hay from last summer!  I guess if i had the option I would also sit in the barn, and of course they  have recently been shorn, though they now have a good centimetre of new wool on their backs so should soon be OK to go out.  Of course it's also the time when they suffer from scald, strip and, if not managed carefully, foot rot!  So the vigilance is high!  Oddly the ewe lambs have absolutely wonderful (so far, anyway) feet and no problems but one or two of the rams seem quite prone to it, and so, come the spring they will have to meet a different fate ...

But cheering up again, the black and white winter landscape inspired our January special offers and we shall soon have a lovely knitting kit club - I am working on that this week so next week's blog will not be about the weather!  Happy New  Year!

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