One Misty Moisty Morning

Misty Morning

Misty Morning

Sunrise one winter’s morn.

Early morning mist like this is not common here in Cape Town, but does occur occasionally, showing we really are in the middle of winter.

Misty Morning 2

Misty Morning 2

Here the circular disc of the sun can be seen trying to shine through the mist, silhouetted by the bare grape vines.

The misty wintry scene reminded me of a nursery rhyme my mother used to say to my kids when they were young.

The version I remember goes like this –

One misty, moisty morning

When cloudy was the weather,

There I met an old man

Clothed all in leather.

He began to compliment

And I began to grin

How do you do and how do you do?

And how do you do again?


And she’d shake their hands while saying the ‘How do you do’s’. They loved it.


The rhyme I remember seems to be a mixture of two versions that I found at Songs & Rhymes.

There’s a whole lot of info you can find once you start looking, even for something as simple as an old nursery rhyme. You can read here the full length poem Misty, Moisty Morning or even learn about the history of leather clothing,


And all because, for an hour or so one morning, we had fog.


36 thoughts on “One Misty Moisty Morning

  1. Bun Karyudo

    I’ve never heard that nursery rhyme before, but I think I’d have liked it when I was a child. Anyway, I like misty weather. When I was a boy, I once saw mist that started about ten feet from the ground, or maybe that counts as a very low-hanging cloud. I’ve told people about it since then and they assume I’m joking or fibbing, but it’s true. I could see the bottom of the street lights but the tops were covered in mist.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I’m sure there’s mist or fog like that sometimes, not going right down to the ground and like you say, it’s a low cloud. Other mist, like in a swamp, could rise up from the ground.
      Still, it’s annoying when people don’t believe you; maybe because you joke a lot! 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Wow! Don’t know what to say to that! – Erm, in summer we often get a heat haze – will that do? 😀
      (You know, the mirage where the sky looks like water on the ground!)

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