Wednesday, 2 March 2011
This was the lovely sight when I opened the bedroom curtains yesterday morning (at just after 6.30 am - yawn!) I'm fortunate that my house overlooks a school playground rather than other houses. There is a veritable tangle of tree branches and a distant view of Shipley, looking almost due east. The sunrise was quite fiery for a few moments. That's not usually a good sign ('red sky in the morning' and all that...) but in fact the day turned out to be most pleasant: warm, bright and springlike. (Pity I was in the office for most of it.)
I was prompted to post this picture as a link to another of my favourite blogs: Vicki Lane Mysteries. Vicki hails from the Appalachian mountains in western North Carolina in the States. Her writing (as befits a novelist) is wonderful: thought-provoking, beautifully descriptive, funny, interesting and educational. She writes about the countryside around her and the farm on which she lives, as well as astute observations on the business of writing itself. Her photos are lovely and she regularly features the view from her home looking east. It's a rather more open aspect than mine and she catches some amazing skies - click the label 'Sunrise' and marvel.
I've recently got hold of one of Vicki's novels - 'The Day of Small Things' - and thoroughly enjoyed that too - 'a lyrical, evocative and haunting portrait of life in the Appalachians' as the book jacket puts it. It was a good mystery, full of suspense and masterful characterisation - one of those books I was reluctant to put down. In fact I found myself thinking about its characters long after I'd finished the book - always a good sign!