Oh, what was that bright light in the sky?

March 16, 2013

Morgan had to jump on the window sill to have a better look.

I think it might be the sun!

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So good for our damp little hearts.

Better run outside and plant the rest of the flowers in the garden before the rain comes again.

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Clover? There’s no moving C right now. She just got an early birthday prezzy from her grandmother. (C’s birthday is April 9th but her old pc was misbehaving)

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I once read a Ray Bradbury short story set on Venus where it rained all the time. (I’m sure the he lived in Vancouver when he wrote it) Once every several yrs the sun came out for a brief time. One school girl boasted about seeing the sun and how wonderful it was but the other school children didn’t believe her and locked her in a closet. Then ran outside for recess. That was the day the sun came out and all the children laughed and played in the sunshine until one felt a drop of rain and the clouds moved in and it began to pour. They then thought of the little girl locked in the closet who missed that glorious time, they walked to the closet and silently let her out.

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C is being the girl in a self-imposed closet right now. But it’s alright.

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And in the time it took me to photograph this and write this post…maybe 30 minutes…it’s clouded over and now it’s raining.

I think I jinxed the weather!
On headaches and owls and violets

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19 Comments

  • Reply Lara Schiffbauer March 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I read that Ray Bradbury story too, when I was elementary,school. It stuck with me because I felt so terrible for the little girl who was robbed of seeing the sun, but didn’t know who wrote it. Thanks for telling me. And your post is such a neat blend of picture and story!

    • Reply Veronica March 17, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Hi Lara, the story is called All Summer in a Day. I think it stayed with me as well I think it was from high school. Amazing how some stories get inside your head, isn’t it? I remember a French teacher who read Day of the Triffids, (in English), out loud for an hour every Friday afternoon. No one missed that class! 🙂

  • Reply sorrygnat March 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Yes, who could forget that story; loved your post; photos resplendent, cat gorgeous, daughter absorb, and good prose

    • Reply Veronica March 17, 2013 at 6:21 am

      Hi Esther, thank you so much. Chloe is thrilled and guess what? She actually cleaned her room because the new mac deserved to be in a clean room! 🙂

  • Reply Kate North March 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I remember that story as well! And unfortunately, I know just what it’s like where you are, as I live in your sister city (London, UK). Today’s weather – oh look, grey and cloudy!

    • Reply Veronica March 17, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Hi Kate, I miss England right now, except that Robert reports 6 degrees and manky at home in West Cottage, (OXON). At least here in Vancouver it’s a bit warmer today. There was a lovely show in Blenheim this weekend, (which I obviously missed for being in Van this month), and the image was of John Thaw standing outside Blenheim, beside the special Jag, in the sunshine, all happy and smiley….but I’m not feeling so badly about missing the leaden weekend it’s turned out to be. (You know what we need? A good week in Hawaii or Grand Canaria!) 🙂

  • Reply sue@betwixthomeandschool March 17, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Gorgeous pictures for a gloomy day! Living in Michigan we experience the gray gloomy days as well. Your post resonated with me today and because of twenty eight degree weather and a sprinkling of snow, like you I’m inside today too seeking more sunny days!! Wonderful post!

    • Reply Veronica March 17, 2013 at 6:11 am

      Hi Sue, thank you very much. Yuck to wet snow. It’s that time of year when everyone gets sick to death of winter, isn’t in? My friend Celi posted a photo of her basil from last summer and I just stared at it for a long time…lol.

  • Reply dianecayton March 17, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I never read that story but I love it. Rain and gloom here today as well. Guess we only get one day of sunshine served per week. That’s the limit!

    • Reply Veronica March 17, 2013 at 6:09 am

      Hi Diane, is it rain and gloom in Virginia too? Damn, and you have packing and moving ahead of you.

  • Reply Felicity March 17, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I would pray and ask the Greek God to capture the rain and put it into the closet. Seems that the God of Sun is on holiday. Maybe he has gone to Spain to celebrate the San Jose day.

    • Reply Veronica March 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Darn it anyway Felicity! How do you say “I object” in Greek? “i ???????????”

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn March 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

    day of the triffids is a bit intense for school kids i would have thought! – your bradbury story reminds me of ‘nightfall’ by asimov, about a planet which is always in daylight until one day night falls and they see the stars for the first time ever – worth a read – wont say any more, spoiler alert

    • Reply Veronica March 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Oh Catherine, thanks for that little treasure. I’m going to raid Dalyce’s shop to find it. 🙂 X

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn March 18, 2013 at 2:15 am

    if you can’t find it you can borrow my copy next time you’re here! XX

  • Reply cecilia March 18, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Gorgeous photos and OH how I long for the sun! it is cloudy today and raining ice .. It worries me this lack of sun.. I am so tired of it.. c

    • Reply Veronica March 18, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Oh Celi the weather is just rubbish this time of year! I hope yopu get some sun soon. I bet Daisy would feel better in the sun. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v March 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    You caught the sunshine perfectly–it was warming my heart, just looking at it–lovely Veronica 🙂

    • Reply Veronica March 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Aw Sara, thank you sweetie. 🙂

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