Black o'er b' our Bill's mother.
That phrase did indeed spring to mind!
How about a translation for your American friends?
Jim, the phrase: "It's black over our Bill's mother's" is a northern English dialect phrase, meaning there are storm clouds and it looks like it's going to rain. No-one seems to now exactly how it arose. Quite possibly someone had a relative or friend ('our Bill') whose mother really did live under where the storm clouds were gathering....but how the phrase got taken up into general use, I have no idea! There are slight variations in the phrase, depending on which dialect you are speaking in.
The piece of music, "Approaching Menace" by the British composer Neil Richardson, (the theme tune to "Mastermind"), would, I feel, be a fitting accompaniment to this ominous image.
Ha, yes I like that!
I like those dramatic skies! They often magnify the landscape.
Would have had me getting out the waterproofs.
I figure that if Mother Nature is going to give us skies like that, the least she owes us is a good rain.
You sure were standing on the best spot when these black clouds rolled in over the mill while the sun shone brightly on it. Dramatic is right.
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