I am writing of a good week to remind myself at some future date that there are often times which pass in friendship and pleasure even though at the same time there is news of grief [death and illness of friends of friends], and wider news or non-news of climate emergency about which little seems … More A good week
I have had a Happy New Year walk to one of the favourite places: Blackford Pond. As most who read this know, I like walking. After last year’s descent into difficulty with maybe sciatica, maybe stenosis, maybe just too sore to walk much, I am now really really appreciative of every step taken, and full … More First Walk of 2023
Christmas at the Botanics in Edinburgh. Let the photos tell you a little bit of how magical it is. We were very lucky that the night of our visit had a clear sky – Jupiter and Mars and a waning crescent moon up above. There is also a video of the pond lilies on the … More Botanic Garden Lights
There are bright frosty mornings this week, encouraging walking. Having watched the not-so-well old trees being carefully brought down on South Meadows walk, I remembered that quite close by were some of the best trees in town, that I love to see throughout the year. In Grange Cemetery I suppose trees are well nourished, though … More Living in Winter
I am not often out at night now, but it happened that I walked home late afternoon on Wednesday and then was out again that night when the moon was hanging in the sky, as it does. I took photos of the trees and sky as the light went, and then tried to take a … More Nights and Mornings
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