… we could see the waves breaking white in the harbour mouth a couple of miles away … (Rosemary Sutcliff Diary, 2/7/88)

July 2nd Saturday. A gorgeous afternoon after the rain, and got Ray to take us all down to Mill Hamlet. Really lovely down there, the tide full in, big puffy clouds in a clear blue sky feathered with ‘Mares tails’, we could see the waves breaking white in the harbour mouth a couple of miles away. Think Ray enjoyed it quite as much as we did. Letter from Jeremy H .

Author: Anthony Lawton

Chair, Sussex Dolphin, family company which looks after the work of eminent children’s & historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). Formerly CEO, chair & trustee of various charity, cultural & educational enterprises in UK.

3 thoughts on “… we could see the waves breaking white in the harbour mouth a couple of miles away … (Rosemary Sutcliff Diary, 2/7/88)”

  1. “Mares’ tails” ? – a name for cirrus clouds, the highest altitude of cloud, derived from the “flicked-up” look of the end of the cloud. Not a good sign, weatherwise, which is rather counteracted by the big puffy clouds RS also describes here which are cumulus – fair-weather clouds.

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    1. Thank you. Altered above. Interestingly Rosemary did spell it ‘tales’! (Later readers: I have amended what I initially thought might be was ‘Midnes tales’!)

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