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The Rain

I waited until the rain stopped before walking the dogs this evening, but alas, it did not stop for long enough.   Even though I was wearing the long waterproof coat and wellies that managed to keep me dry when whalewatching in Iceland, I got wet, in the way that I would have expected to get wet if I had been suspended under a waterfall for half an hour.   Then it began to hail! 

The hounds decided that an appropriate reaction to the deluge would be to hare round me in huge circles at warp speed.  I don't think this made them any less wet, but it can't have made them any wetter.  At least they were having fun.

Then the sun came out looking all innocent and smily as if the weather was nothing to do with her, and formed a wonderful rainbow which came down to the ground just onto the roof of  Louis' Tea Room, promising golden teacakes within.  I resisted the temptation, as I thought the hounds would not be too pleased to have to sit out on the deck and wait for food while sopping wet.



18th Jul, 2011 20:45 (UTC)
Is the sun female? I almost feel inspired to quest through all the world's mythologies and find out what percentage of them characterise the sun as male and how many as female. But I'm tired, and have half of last night's Top Gear to watch before bed, so this vitally important study in comparative mythology is doomed not to be.
18th Jul, 2011 20:48 (UTC)
Or alternatively I can just sit back and let the great sage that is Wikipedia elucidate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_deity
19th Jul, 2011 06:59 (UTC)
How many grand pieces of research have been thus destroyed by Wikipedia!

Actually I was just referencing Tolkien, specifically the Cat and the Fiddle : "And though it was day, to her surprise they all went back to bed"...

I assume Tolkien being more learned than me was referencing Sunna, of whose existence I have sadly only just become aware (pretty poor given that I've lived through so many Sundays!)

19th Jul, 2011 12:38 (UTC)
I thought it had a footnote saying "Elves (and Hobbits) always refer to the sun as female".

In European languages I always find it striking that the Sun and Moon change genders between Romance and Germanic languages, given that otherwise gender is amazingly well preserved even if the actual words are completely different (hand, bridge etc)

19th Jul, 2011 12:39 (UTC)
(oops actually bit hazy now but bridge is a counterexample isn't it )

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