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A grey November day
46/52 for the group 2015 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: S is for Silhouette

The weather has been pretty awful this week with floods on Monday and lots of heavy rain since. However, I took a chance during a fine interval on Friday to walk up to see some friends and snapped this shot with my phone on the way.

A grey November day

And today, as I processed this picture and posted it to Flickr, it's raining hard again. The sky is getting darker as the day progresses (currently 9:30 am, but still a gloomy twilight outside) and the flood is rising again on the swamp beyond the bottom of our garden.* I have therefore declared today a day for huddling indoors and catching up with Stuff. Besides, I have been out more than usual this week.

I'd done my usual two days of part-time teaching on Monday and Wednesday and then after visiting my elderly friends on Friday morning, in the evening I took part in the Merched y Wawr quiz (in Welsh). I not only survived without making an idiot of myself, I even managed to provide the answers to two questions (out of about 100!). And our team didn't come last. There were supposed to be two teams from our branch, but in the end we could only field one team of three because people who had said they were coming never appeared. The quiz didn't involve answering questions individually (or I'd never have agreed to take part!). Instead it was more like an exam, except that it was done as a team and you could discus the questions and come up with a joint answer. Overall it was enjoyable, stretched my Welsh to the limit but I'll happily have another go next year now I have a better idea of what is involved.

And then yesterday (Saturday), it was a Sadwrn Siarad (Lit. Speaking Saturday), which is basically a one day Welsh course which provides classes at all levels for a whole day for the princely sum of £10. It's always well worth it and it gives you the chance to meet learners from other classes.

Compared to the quiz, it was quite relaxing, but I knew that I was tired when by 3:00 pm I realised, as we were translating a bit of dialogue, that I knew exactly what a "ffreutur" was; I could have described it in either English or Welsh and explained what you did there, but for the life of me I couldn't remember the English word "canteen". :)

So, as I said, definitely a vegging out day today to let my brain rest before another week starts tomorrow...

* Please don't worry, due to the length and steepness of our back garden, there is absolutely no danger of the water reaching the house.
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feodora From: feodora Date: November 15th, 2015 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Here its rainy an stormy too. I am very proud of myself that I went to the gym for 1.5h. I just came back. Its extremly windy and rain didn't stop since last night.
For the Harz the have announced orcanic wind and rain up to 60l/sqm
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2015 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
It sounds as though you are getting similar weather to us.
From: cmcmck Date: November 15th, 2015 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice shot!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2015 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. And having just posted this photo to the challenge thread, I've discovered that the coming week's theme is T is for Tree, so there will be more bare branches next week. :)
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: November 15th, 2015 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I love silhouettes of trees! We are still waiting here for the rain that was supposed to give us several inches this weekend.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2015 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I do wish we could teleport some of our rain to the parts of the world that could use it. We have far more than we actually need.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: November 15th, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Far more rain than we actually need" is the reputation of our part of North America, too, but lately it doesn't always work out that way.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: November 15th, 2015 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very lovely.

I wish you could pack up all that rain and send it here, where it would be welcome.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: November 15th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous shot!

I admitted defeat on the outdoor photography today... no real daylight and everything waving wildly in the wind.

nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: November 19th, 2015 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
That's beautiful and also eerie. Tree silhouettes are always fascinating.
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