Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday 27th July


It is a bit of a nutty idea, delivering parcels by drones, or how to get rid of  human interaction....
Well as someone said on the radio this morning what about children and dogs, can just see Lucy, heaving the mat away (the drone is supposed to land on it) into the house, the different scenarios fill one's mind with comical images, it will definitely not work!
Actually it is a bit scary, cars that you don't need to drive, parcels delivered by drones, and pizzas by robots, all these things buzzing around will cause mayhem.  The human race is a very restless species not given to living quietly in a backwater.

That was yesterday, after writing it we went off to the moors to take Lucy her favourite walk, though it did rain whilst we were there.  Along the way we came across a skylark trying to divert us from her nest, and I spied lots of the common orchid along a forest trackway, and the pale blue harebell shaking their pretty heads amongst the grasses.  The heather is out in all its striking colour though great areas of the moor still look bleak and brown.


harebell

common orchid




trying to lead us astray

We drove through the village we were at one time going to live in, the farmhouse looks as if it has been sold, the village itself still a typical Yorkshire place with houses fronting on the road or behind a village green.  Houses are on the whole very smart, they have been improved over time.




And just to add to the history of that innocent delicate flower the harebell, Grigson says of this that it was thought of as the 'devil's bell' which was not to be picked, the Witch bell, the Witch thimble, the Cuckoo's thimble and in Gaelic, brog na cubhoig.  In Irish folklore this dangerous plant is mearacan puca thimble of the puca or goblin,  The hare of course being a witch animal.

10 comments:

  1. I appreciate my bits of technology, but on the whole. a fairly simple life is pleasing. I don't quite understand all this about 'drones' but would prefer not to see one hovering over our ridge with a package from Amazon. I'm sure it would scare the cats!

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    1. Morning Sharon, writing on LS's computer as mine has finally collapsed. Think the drone idea is ridiculous but they will experiment...
      Cat story; On the news this morning, there was a cat missing from home in England for 8 years, found as a stray in Paris. How it got there was a mystery, but it is coming home on the ferry soon. ;) Thelma

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  2. Beautiful scenery Thelma... As for the drones! (((Scary)))

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    1. Hi Ana, doubt if they would find much room in your garden to land anyway!

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  3. Lovely photos Thelma. I love Harebells, and was fascinated by Grigson's notes on them.

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    1. Hi Jennie, fingers still crossed for today. The harebell is a very delicate beautiful flower how it got such a reputation goodness knows.

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  4. I have always seen the Hare as being a shape-shifter me self.

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    1. I think it is to do with local naming as far as Grigson wrote about, the shape-shifting would be a later mythology perhaps?

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