‘Uitwaaien’ on Hasty Bank

I was reminded of a Dutch idiom this morning: ‘uitwaaien‘, which means to go walking in windy weather to clear your head or lift your heart. 1Wiktionary.org. (2021). uitwaaien – Wiktionary. [online] Available at: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/uitwaaien [Accessed 22 Dec. 2021]..

For the first half hour or so, I took a favourite path of mine, along the southern flank of the long flat-topped Hasty Bank, the easternmost of ‘the four sisters‘: Hasty Bank, Cold Moor, Cringle Moor and Carlton Moor.

With the morning sun threatening to break out over Bilsdale, the great valley which divides the North York Moors, I battled against the raw, biting wind, a ‘lazy wind‘ that went straight through me, chilling my bones2Gilbey, J. (2015). Low winter sun and a bitter “lazy wind” on the first bright day. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/12/country-diary-winter-sun-wind-aberystwyth [Accessed 22 Dec. 2021]..

By the time I reached the last of the four sisters, Carlton Moor, all signs of the sun had disappeared, smothered by a dense bank of cloud; but my head was truly cleared.

  • 1
    Wiktionary.org. (2021). uitwaaien – Wiktionary. [online] Available at: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/uitwaaien [Accessed 22 Dec. 2021].
  • 2
    Gilbey, J. (2015). Low winter sun and a bitter “lazy wind” on the first bright day. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/12/country-diary-winter-sun-wind-aberystwyth [Accessed 22 Dec. 2021].

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