Dark clouds over Thun’s Panorama shopping centre

Black over Will’s Mother’s

One of the phrases which comes down from generation to generation in Britain, which is used when seeing dark, stormy clouds in the distance. Quick online research shows that the phrase dates back to the 19th century at least, but there appears to be no clear indication of its initial origin.

Black over Will’s Mother’s
Col du Pierre Pertuis, Jura

Pierre Pertuis

In an unassuming bit of forest in the Jura mountains, a small road leads between the towns of Sonceboz and Tavannes, which leads up and over a small pass between the two neighbouring valleys. In the woods just before you get to Tavannes is a band of limestone cliff, in which there is an arch, through which a footpath passes.

Pierre Pertuis
Sandbanks and Poole harbour in Dorset

Sandbanks peninsula, Dorset

A small community on the British coast, near Poole in Dorset, is a prime piece of land. Measuring just eighty-eight metres at its narrowest point, the peninsula is amongst the most expensive pieces of real estate in the world, after cities like London and Tokyo.

Sandbanks peninsula, Dorset

As far as the barrier, and beyond

I love the alpine Susten Pass road and the mountain scenery there, particularly the area around the Steingletscher glacier and nearby hotel. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited in spring – before the upper reaches of the road have been cleared of snow – so Jo and I took a drive and walked there yesterday, in summer…

As far as the barrier, and beyond