Saturday, 17 June 2017
I spent some fifteen or so minutes sitting in the park watching the clouds above change shape and twist and turn as they passed by. Clouds, as you know, fascinate me. They are such huge great monstrosities that we take for granted. Some reach thousands of feet into the air, other cover whole continents, many are dark and foreboding while today most were of the large fluffy type. This was the nearest to a rain cloud we saw today.
I was led to wondering what is actually in them? Water vapour we know but what else fills these Goliaths in the sky? Reading today about a man visiting Antarctica and learning of the huge icebergs that contain pockets, if that is the right word, of the air, the atmosphere from five to fifteen thousand years ago. An air breathed by the Sumerians before they learnt to write, an air early man knew as he spread out about the earth. How different it is today. How long will we be able to breathe such air as daily it changes content and each change brings more pollution. Maybe we will require workers to open the old icebergs and release fresh air!
With the weather reaching 80% today and nothing in the news bar the Tower aftermath we run out of things to say. My tired mind has spent much time looking through the village census for 1911 seeking any link to men I cannot trace. The facts noted are however interesting. People in their 70's and 80's still claim to be 'Agricultural labourers' a few being pensioners, the over 70's were granted five shillings by Lloyd George in 1909 and this caused Margaret Thatchers father to leave Lloyd Georges Liberal Party and join the Conservatives. He did not agree with dole to the unemployed nor pensions to the old, this tells us something. One poor woman had been married twelve years, had given birth to nine children and only two were surviving. I noted that neither child was listed at home, only an adult Boarder, and wondered about her state of health and mind and where would the children be living? I never found my lost men but did get an insight into village living in 1911.