Some readers will know that I have been indoors for two weeks with a long-lasting but mild attack of Covid. This afternoon, restless instead of listless, the test line is pale pink not red, I thought I can go out in a mask, stay away from others, and they will be safe enough, and I … More Leaves and Lions
it is ten days since I went on a visit to Kenilworth. This is a place of beauty and history that I had heard of, but never before visited. I stayed just opposite Abbey Fields – part of its history says its abbey fell due to the diktat of Henry VIII in the 16th Century. … More Abbey Fields, Kenilworth, Coventry Cathedral.
Not every day is beautiful, not every morning begins with gladness, however I might wish. This morning, I wakened from restless dreams. Thanks to the bounty of apples from a friend’s allotment, breakfast was good, but restlessness was still present. I thought a walk to George Square and the Labyrinth would keep me sane away … More Beautiful Day
Edinburgh last week – as everyone knows who has any access to news – had a lot of people. I went out on the bicycle knowing that the Innocent Path would probably be a quiet place. I was right, it is never very busy, and was almost deserted. The summer seems over, but not yet … More Searching for a Quiet Place
During August, in Edinburgh, everything changes. There are some great shows happening … but for me it is too hard to find them among the enormous number of shows, gallery exhibitions, concerts, films, discussions, etc. that make up the festivals of Edinburgh in August. Look them up, the International Festival, the Film Festival, the Book … More Edinburgh – my city?
We all know that the weather happens to favour living in Scotland at the moment anyway, not subject to heatwave distress, just getting some rather nice days and evenings. I was worried that the garden wasn’t getting enough rain, and carrying water downstairs is tiring good exercise, but yesterday we got a good rainshower, so … More Summer activity
Back in Edinburgh, mid-July, I was filling time on a warm Sunday morning by walking to George Square and round the Meadows. First, fed-upness as it is that time of year before the Edinburgh Festival in August, and the preparation for the festival is taking over many of the favourite places. Like my lovely Block … More Time filling, time flying
Today was quite beautiful, so I cycled to Andy’s Way, which is an entry point to Block Island’s Great Salt Pond. First surprise was nearly 30 cars parked along the track in, it used to be only a few; second that the well-remembered narrow trail to the beach, where one had to watch the poison … More Fiddler Crabs on Andy’s Way
On this beautiful island, I am revisiting past activities. Yesterday I walked Finlay, the once energetic now rather more sedate family dog, to the “pebbly” beach, past the roses and the beach plum roses to the beach where I found the rocks a lot harder to walk on than in previous visits. I have only … More Dog Walk and Bird Walk
I am on Block Island, where I lived until 2019, when I moved back to Scotland to live more permanently in Edinburgh. I put the date, because I never thought it would be three years until I returned, even though I would come as a guest of US son and family, no longer in my … More Block Island Holiday