Saturday, April 17, 2010

Quiet skies and a walk......

Yesterday evening, I decided that I wanted to see if there was a volcanic ash sunset round here, so David and I set off for the river. We were a little early for sunset, but the skies were absolutely clear - so strange not to see any vapour trails from planes. Normally there are always planes overhead. And it was so quiet......
There was plenty of life around, however.... of the 2 and 4 legged variety.
Thankfully, there was a river between Big Daddy and us. Not to mention the huge flock of sheep and many many tiny lambs. They bounce. They really do. From a standing start, they leap into the air. Too cute!

And you know how kids draw sheep with 4 legs in a line, and you think it looks rather odd??? They are right. They do have 4 legs in a row. And it does look rather odd.

The sun was lovely, but we thought it may look better from the other side of the village, so we started back to the car......

You didn't think I WALKED, did you??? I would have loved to walk there. Not possible at the moment. We are having a bit of a crisis with failing to manage the pain bit.

And meet 2 of the cutest little lambs.......

And a very regal looking swan too......

We drove to the opposite end of the village and stood and watched as the sun set, and it was stunning. The sky was a lot more red than normal, and that is apparently the volcanic dust causing the sky to change colour. You can't see the dust / ash. That is what makes it all a little surreal. It is there and can cause untold damage to the engines of planes, but it cannot be seen. I believe them. Better to be safe.


Beautiful.........

This Icelandic volcano is proving to the world that no matter how advanced we are, we are not able to control everything. Planes on the ground. That means millions of people in the wrong place. There is also a possibility that the UK will run out of fresh fruit and veg, and if this goes on for much longer, it will have a catastrophic result for industry too. As my sister says, if there are no planes, that means no tourists, and what happens to places like the mountain she works for? Hmmmm. And there is no telling yet when planes will be flying again. The BBC has a full report on things.

But, in the meantime, I keep looking at the empty skies - who knows when, if ever, I will see skies like this again? And I listen to the silence. Well, I would have done so all day, had the buiders next door not decided to start work at 8 am on a Saturday morning. It sort of wrecked the silence. Oh well. It is silent now, so I can sit out there a little while and look upwards.

We are not in control. With all the gadgets, gizmos and brain power and technological advances, we are not in control. You know what? That makes me smile. I knew that already.

8 comments:

Vee said...

It makes me smile, too. It certainly is proving interesting. Hope that some ships with fruit and veggies are on their way! John will be hauled over to see the sheep and the lambs and the sunset. Funny how you mentioned children's drawings showing four legs in a row... They do see it correctly.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

The only time in my life that I've seen our skies without aircraft was during the early days after 9/11. So surreal but also beautiful without the trappings of civilization to mar the view of the heavens, day and night.

We've been having beautiful sunrises and sunsets, but not due to the Icelandic volcano. I don't think the ash has made it 'round the world yet, but according to reports it may well eventually.

I hope the neighbors give you a break from the racket and you can enjoy your garden in peace this Lord's Day. :o)

Love and hugs,

Diane

Needled Mom said...

I know of that surreal feeling. It was the same way here when they grounded all air traffic after 9/11. It was just so strange to not see any sort of plane evidence in the sky.

I was wondering if the sunsets and sunrises would be gorgeous. When we have the bad fires here, the sunsets and sunrises are so gorgeous.

Four legs in a row does look very strange!!!!

Your pictures are lovely.

Vee said...

John enjoyed your post, too!

Jo said...

Linds, I hope that all of this volcanic ash won't interfere with Diana coming home.


Your photo shots were beautiful. I am sure that in no time at all you will be walking about and not feeling the pain.

Dawn said...

Wow, what a lovely day full of the bounty of God's creation! I love all of the pictures - but especially the strange legs!

I also love your observations and reminders of Who is in control!

Becky said...

I remember back in the early 1980s when Mt. Saint Helen's exploded. We had the most incredible sunsets in Idaho that summer.

Edith said...

Beautiful pictures...and glad you enjoyed the walk. Strange to think of planes being grounded...thankfully this time not due to an act of man.