Digging in the Mizzle Clouds

You know those fabulous landscape travel shots of the tip of mountain appearing out of the clouds, or of a misty dew laden morning on a valley floor, distant trees emerging from the mist? Totally sexy photography no?

Misty Mizzle

Well it was nothing like that here yesterday! No mountains emerging, or beautiful vistas. Real life meant that the tops of buildings like church spires were hidden from view, in fact most things were hidden from view, including the sea.

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You know the expression’ he/she has their head in the clouds’, well I can honestly say my head was in the clouds yesterday – my feet were firmly planted on the saturated ground, fork in hand digging for my supper.

I was digging in the clouds.

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A rushed visit, to dig for leeks, pick some Brussel Sprouts (recipes to follow) and grab a handful of lettuce leaves for a salad.

A truly grey-mizzle-day, not drizzle, not rain, but mizzle. The kind of atmosphere where the moisture content in the air (clouds) reaches you, envelops and dampens you if you will.

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Back indoors, warm and dry I readily admit to struggling with days like this, days of dark damp grey. The positives are I’ve had fresh homegrown produce and the days are getting shorter, what I’m waiting for  is for them to get lighter!

Hope your day was bright and beautiful !



  • We don’t have mountains here, but the skyscrapers can be seen emerging from low fog, or sometimes their tops are obscured. I’m eager to see your brussels sprouts recipes!

    • I don’t know why but I always find it an odd sight to see buildings disappear into th eclouds – for some reason (in my head) clouds are meant to be way up there…..

  • Happy New Year Claire:-)
    How lucky to be still eating fresh from your garden in the dead of winter. I’ve been relying heartily on my neighbor’s kale….he has enough for a small platoon.
    I love the new word mizzle! Will come in handy in the pacific northwest.
    Despite the mizzley weather, I hope your 2013 is off to a lovely start. x wendy

    • And a happy new year to you Wendy!
      I realise in many ways we are lucky to be so “temperate” with our climate – there is still plenty to eat if I get myself up off the sofa! The choice is obviously reduced, and it’s mainly greens, but it’s still fresh, prganic and definitely local 🙂
      I thought a few of my friends would like the word Mizzle, pleased you like it!

  • we’ve had several days like that,
    I like that word “mizzle” it fits perfectly on those days
    there is no pouring of rain, just absorbing ….
    Hope you had a nice supper!
    Take Care…

  • We had lots of sea mist hanging around all day too. You are lucky to be eating from the allotment still. I am watching the met office weather forecast because each day is getting lighter by one minute later each day! Spring is coming!!!!

    • We had sea mist this morning too !! I know what you mean about watching the met office, when I worked in glasgow I would look at the lighting up times (in winter) and the huge difference between there and Hastings! wishing you a happy and bright new year !

    • I’ve been indoors all day, I could have done with getting out for a while, but the fire is on, I’m sitting comfortably, have a paper or the choice of a few good books. In fact I think it’s time now for a wee drinkie before dinner 🙂 Happy days 🙂

  • I know mizzle well – had nothing but for weeks it seems – with just the odd sunny day or hour now and then. We did get our Christmas potatoes in though they were the size of marbles and we had a whole bagful in one meal! Still, two bags to go! Good job we forgot about them with all the family here! 🙂

    • It is a real bonus to have some fresh veggies to supplement our diet, in early spring/summer it seems a bit of a faff to sow and plant but by the time winter comes I know I really appreciate it! Hope you have a super week Eva !

  • mizzle – I like that. The most difficult thing about winter is the grey, grey days. Not enough sunlight or blue skies. Not enough light, period. But spring returns and with it blue skies, soft rains, and sunshine, ah yes sunshine. Looking forward to hearing what you did with those brussel sprouts. I’ve had no luck with growing them but I do enjoy eating them!

    • It’s a good word isn’t it joss – very onomatopeic (sp???)
      you know I think it get’s harder the older I get, maybe I appreciate the bright days more as I get older, I don’t know but it’s tough on a cold January grey day!
      I have a few tips to pass on for growing Brussels, which is why I’ve not written the recipe yet as I wanted to combine them. Hopefully they will work for you…..
      hope you have a super week Joss

  • We have so little fog here, but there is something enchantingly mysterious about it to me…as long as I don’t have to drive in it! How lovely to still be eating from your garden. I have some chard ready to harvest…wish I could grow leeks but no luck. Happy New Year, Claire, and have a lovely day.

    • Hi Betsy, how lovely you have some chard nearly ready, mine should start to pick up after the battering of frost and storms. I’ll look forward to seeing how you cook with it 🙂

  • What you describe…the grey, the vistas obscured, and the dampness that infiltrates your entire body…is a very real approximation of Massachusetts in winter. I struggled( more than I realized, I think!) with it every year. In fact, I poo-poo the idea of Seasonal Affective Disorder but in retrospect now have changed my opinion.
    All of that is off the mark, really, so let me bring it back to the point of your post, ie., your winter bounty! That’s a huge way in which your climate differs from my old New England one….the ground is usually frozen and snow covered there in Jan. so digging anything up doesn’t happen til spring!
    Looking forward to your brussel sprouts recipes…I could def benefit from a new approach to an old standby.

  • No bright and beautiful in Houston either. In fact, it was chill, damp and grey, but, like you, I did harvest a few fresh ingredients from my pots that were used in last night’s salad. The days should be getting longer by a few seconds now so all is not lost.

  • I’m sure I noticed it staying lighter for longer one day last week – then the Mizzle returned! Very Mizzly here too, Claire – you are not alone!

  • The sunless, gray days are the hardest days of winter for me. When that bone-chilling dampness goes along with it, it’s hard to find something to be cheery about. It looks like you managed, though, in your always inspiring way…you got outside, came home with fresh produce, and are looking to better days ahead. Good for you! Here, our days are getting longer, with a bit more sunlight each day. Thanks, Claire!

  • I’m glad that I’m not the only one; I find this grey edging on the point of misery – a bit much to take. I need some sun.

  • I could feel the mist & fog as I read your story today. We are in that time of winter …the dark days…soft greys, dark greys, dampness is abundant. Today I wandered into my tiny garden and found beautiful chard, two kinds of parsley and some sage. Perhaps I will try to come up with a dish using these? Stay cozy Claire.

  • Mizzle is a wonderful word! I don’t have a perfect equivalent for really being in the clouds, but I’ve known many winter days when the air is oppressively heavy with gray and moisture. It’s funny how those days completely affect my mood! Let’s hope the mizzle doesn’t linger, Claire! 🙂

  • Haha, I was waiting for the computer to refresh so I could see the tops of the buildings:) I love a good mizzle.. and digging out fresh garden vegs while being ensconced in fog would be the ultimate! xx

  • I my opinion it should either rain, or not. My worst is when the wind causes it to ‘rain’ from the dam 🙂

  • Oh, I love leeks so much… usually include them in most of the soups I make. And brussel sprouts too, though not as much as leeks. We’re having very stormy weather right now… but I spend most of my time watching it through the window, and not going out. I am sure your garden is a great pleasure, even when it’s cloudy and gray.

  • When I lived along The Lake, I was in an the 8th floor apartment. At times, the fog rolled in hanging onto the ground and I was above it all. During others, the fog remained off the ground and I was engulfed. Either way, it made for an interesting few hours. I cannot believe how green your allotment still is. We won’t won’t see that color, naturally, for months yet. It’s nice to see green, no matter where it lies.

  • Some progress has been made with the “gardens of Claire” – I hate days like this too – we had them nearly everyday since Christmas. Doesn’t matter what we dress in – it goes through everything. Love that top photo .. that’s pure sepia day.

  • It was a grey old day wasn´t it – and I love the word “mizzle” , it´s so exactly right! Did you get my e-mail I sent about a week ago or did I end up in your junk mail folder?

  • The afternoons are getting longer – but the mornings are not yet getting lighter – yeurk! Need some sunshine, please.

  • “Digging for leeks”, oh I can only imagine how fresh and vibrant they must be! I am making potato leek soup for supper and my leeks will be from the grocery. Thankfully there still is parsley and thyme in my tiny herb garden. They will liven the soup with freshness!

    Although I live further from the ocean than you do, we have days on end of damp fog that hugs us in a cottony pale gray blanket of moisture. Sunlight is filtered through the gauzy haze. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has an entirely different meaning, doesn’t it! LOL When the sun reappears, enjoy!

  • I wonder what crop you will reap when you sow in clouds? Dreams and things, I think.

  • “Mizzle” I love that word! Even with the darkness, I’m in Ireland remember, so we’ve been in the darkness these past few weeks, your post makes me smile and feel a bit brighter. Thanks Claire 🙂

  • I’m impressed that you are still harvesting so much… “mizzle tov!”
    I just have a couple of swedes left and maybe some rusty parsnips buried somewhere 😦

  • Our days are mizzling too Claire! (Love the word.) Some days like these I’m really quite content being a spectator…something moody, brooding and archetypal about them – as though something is being brewed in them that we’ll only discover later on. But digging in them, no, this i wouldn’t like much at all. Hoping along with you for a few bright days to renew our spirits! xx

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