Friday 11 January 2019

The Weather Vane

Again, our dear Sugar Factory.

We have northerly winds today. I know that for two reasons.

The first is that you can smell the sugar factory, the rich, organic and earthy sweet smell of roasting / refining / whatever the hell it is they do sugar beet. It lies to the north of the town, on The Great North Road, a retro looking mass of belching pipes and chimneys, and when you can smell it, you know the wind is from degree zero.

The second is that as I sit at work, watching the twilight behind the dark clouds of smoke it emits as I plan my journey home, I use it as a weather vane. When the smoke blows to the left, it means it is indeed a northerly wind, usually a cold one although not today, and will not be into my face.

Every day in autumn and  winter I check it, until the campaign ends in March, when warmer weather means I fear the wind less.


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 11.01.19


  1. Brings back memories Si. When I was a child there was a sugar beet factory at Bardney in Lincolnshire. It was about seven miles away but we could smell it and your post brings back that smell as though it was yesterday.

  2. Thank you Pat! I'll never forget the smell either