Sunday, 30 October 2016
The mist hung over everything this morning, damp streets and glistening leaves, those that remained on the trees that is, greeted early risers. The sound, not that Sunday morning has much sound, the sound of distant rumbling traffic was deadened by the mist. Even the birds appeared to have remained at home unable to see danger more than fifty yards away.
Funny how mist changes everything. Suddenly we are almost blind, not quite as bad as the mist mixed with chimney smoke in days gone by giving us Smog. Now that was thick. In Edinburgh during the last great smog buses were abandoned on the wrong sides of the road as drivers had lost their bearing the dark adding to the problems, all traffic ceased. Smokeless zones dealt with that and now just mist by itself hangs round us.
Wind blows things around, sometimes knocking down trees and houses, rain drenches us and floods the streets but mist just hangs there leaving us trapped according to the thickness it wishes to offer. The valleys lie thick under its veil while above the sun begins to lessen the grip of the mist and by the time I had raced from bed, much later than when I first noted the mist, it had begun to dissipate.
I raced from bed as I was late. I had to prepare to go out and time was short, soon I was almost ready, just breakfast, such as it was to take, and then I glanced at the laptop to see what is going on.
It was then I noticed a strange thing, the clock had a differing time to that on the laptop. Why? I wondered if the problems since changing to fibre had affected the machine when I realised the clocks had gone back last night and I had not changed them. I was not running late, I had an hour to spare! I then spent most of that hour changing clocks.
One laptop yesterday gave me up to 56 mph speed, very good however this one, on which almost everything resides slowed to 1.98. Today however when I returned I fiddled and found it offered 47 mph as it ought. Hooray!
Tonight as I worked hard at nothing at all it returned to the slow speed for no reason at all.
I am now walking in the dark awaiting the mist descending as that to me will be a lot clearer than the workings of the internet and fibre.