There was some fog in parts of south west England by dawn on the 8th, following a night when some light rain fell across Ireland and west Scotland, and also elsewhere in parts of England and Wales. The day was largely dry – but with some further light falls of rain across Ireland and west Scotland – and in a few other areas. Except in parts of south west and central south England it was a rather cloudy day and quite mild in some south areas of England. (Hurn 19.3C, Lerwick 10.4C maximum, Lerwick 4.1C minimum, Giants Causeway 5.0 mm, Exeter Airport 8.1 h.)



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The 6th dawned with warm, misty conditions in many parts of Ireland, Wales and Cent and S England; minimum temperatures overnight were in the range 15-18C in many parts of Cent S and SE England. Much of England and Wales had sunny spells during the day and became hot, locally very hot. Thunderstorms affected some areas, especially East Anglia and NE England during the day, and Lincolnshire and NE Midlands in the evening. Scotland and Northern Ireland were mostly quite warm and fairly cloudy, with some widespread rain overnight and in the N and W during the day; the rain moved slowly E’wards during the day. (Heathrow 32.2C, Fair Isle 12.8C maximum, Altnaharra 5.1C minimum, High Mowthorpe 35.4 mm, Jersey Airport 13.8 h.)

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And out of the image came light. You asked me to write with more light, but here I have to remind you that photography is exactly that. Anyway, the journey is always forward movement, energy always transferred. I don’t fret, even when I can’t stop thinking. Along the Basque coastline, or any coastline for that fact, we’ll find answers nestled in rockpools. Ours is the story of the shipping forecast.

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A fugue. A history of movement. A history of history. A contrapuntal story of leaving you, only to dream of returning. A dream in which an elephant became taxidermy. A room in which the elephant became me.