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By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

By LIAM MULVIN

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There are far more acres of sky above me since we moved to the South West. I am enthralled on my deliveries when I look across to the west and see huge black clouds sweeping towards me. I can be walking in brilliant sunshine but now have ample warning of a new weather feature on the block.

The colours in the sky can be extraordinary as the sun shines on a darkening sky. The swirls and depths of the clouds are constantly changing, with occasional flashes of piercing light as gaps appear for the sun to peep through. Never has the phrase "every dark cloud has a silver lining" been more appropriate.

Working on the coastline gives you a glorious perception of the thousands of acres of sky above you.

Recently I watched in fascination as a furious black cloud invaded the blue sky above St Just. It swept across the Carrick Roads and seemed to have me in its sights. Behind it was another strip of blue sky. The whole thing was like a forecast of the next hour or so.

The sky darkened and the hail storm thundered down. All was cold and dark, and my shorts did nothing to protect my legs from the hail's sting.

Almost as quickly the cloud tore by and the blue section following behind gradually opened the sky again above me. The sun shone once more.

Unlike myself, who had remained delivering outside, the more sensible of the community returned back outside to what they had been doing. This seemed to include any animals and birds in the area.

How lucky we are, with our acres of sky, that you can see what's coming; can make plans accordingly; and can continue with your day relatively unscathed. Forewarned is most definitely forearmed.

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