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Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudspotting Day 1

Thursday 03 June | 4 - 5pm

£16 (includes a copy of A Cloud a Day Journal) Venue: Darley Abbey Village Hall, DE22 1DS

Please note: Meet outside Darley Abbey Village Hall (DE22 1DS), which is located off New Road. There is a small car park at the hall and a larger car park on Darley Street opposite the Abbey pub (about 2 minutes walk from the Hall). We will take a short stroll into the Park and you will be seated during the talk on the slope at the top end of the park. Please bring either a folding chair, blanket or folding mat to sit on. The event will start and end at the Village Hall. Book sales and book signing will take place at the hall after the event ends.

The ticket includes a copy of The Cloud a Day Journal which contains a Cloud Selector which you will need to use at the event. You can also download the free Cloud-a-Day app.

If the weather it too wet to be enjoyable in the park, the event will be held inside the Village Hall and Gavin will use the Cloud Selector to explain the different cloud formations.

One of the few joys of the Pandemic for many of us is our re-engagement with the natural world, with many of us taking daily walks which have become an important part of our lives. The sky is the most dramatic and evocative aspect of nature. Ever-changing and ephemeral, clouds reflect the shifting moods of the atmosphere in limitless compositions and combinations.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney founded the Cloud Appreciation Society in 2005. Since then, he's been encouraging people to take time each day to look at the shifting skies. To take a moment, as he says - it is the perfect mindful occupation.

Join Gavin for a Cloudspotting visit to Darley Park. You will receive a copy of his A Cloud A Day Journal in which you can record the cloud, weather and your thoughts on that day. To help readers understand the clouds they are looking at, the book includes a hugely useful pinwheel device - a cloud selector - at the back of the journal.It will help you identify all the clouds you see: from the cloudlets of the altocumulus clouds to the rarer Lacunosus cloud (holes surrounded by fringes of cloud).

I defy anyone who reads it not to start taking furtive peeks out the window.” Robert Leigh-Pemberton, Daily Telegraph.

Image copyright Bill Bradshaw.

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