A misty Coate Moor

“Mist muged on þe mor malt on þe mountez
Uch hille hade a hatte a myst hakel huge”

Two lines in Middle English from the medieval poem of Arthurian chivalry “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”. Translated it says:

The moor was muggy with mist, and the snow melted on the mountains,
and each hill had a mantle of fog

So “myst-hakelmeans literally a ‘mist-hood’ or ‘mist-cape’, fog that cloaks the earth. An apt description for the mist that shrouded Coate Moor this morning.
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