Sunday, 26 August 2012

Time stands still for no-one

For the past three months it seems that I have spent too much time  hoping each day, that the following day, would bring our much desired and well deserved summer weather.   Unfortunately, for the most part, my hopes have been in vein.  On the few occasions that we were treated to sunshine and blue skies, we were severly punished with days, sometimes weeks, of rain and cloud.

It has slowly dawned on me that every day of the wishing and hoping has moved us towards the changing season.  Autumn is on its way.  Evidence of this being the berries on the Rowan tree that I pass every day

 
that seem to have suddenly changed from unripe and very green to luscious bright red;
 

 
masses of brambles appearing all over the place (particularly in my poor overgrown and neglected garden borders) making rich pickings for the bramble jelly makers;
 
 
little acorns hanging from the oak trees
 
 
and - my most favourite sign of the beginning of autumn
 
 
- the golden sculptural landscape that has appeared, created by the many circular hay bales.
 

I think I gave up on summer weeks ago.  Now I am looking forward to autumn, my most favourite of the seasons.  The changing colours of the landscape and most of all the changing light that we are fortunate to witness here in Scotland.
 
Don't let the rain get you down - there is so much to look forward to. 

Monday, 20 August 2012

Edinburgh - the Festival City

I took a trip through to Edinburgh at the weekend to catch some of the festival atmosphere of the city at this time of year.  If you don't like crowds of people it would probably be best to avoid the centre of Edinburgh during, virtually, the entire month of August!   The city is over-run with tourists, festival concert and theatre goers, street theatre performers, ticket sellers, crafters, market stall holders, people watchers, chancers, madness, chaos and actually, particularly on a warm sunny day, lots of fun!

In addition to the main Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh hosts the  Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh Art Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and of course the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - all in the month of August!  

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It is a crazy place to be if you need to be somewhere in a hurry, but if you have time to meander at the pace of your own curiosity it is a fun-filled city to visit should you get the opportunity

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- and I would thoroughly recommend it! 

Monday, 6 August 2012

World Pipe Band Championships 2012 and the Pipers' Wellies

Glasgow will once again become the centre of the global piping scene as it hosts Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival and The World Pipe Band Championships from 6th – 12th August 2012. Around 40,000 visitors, and 8000 pipers, drummers and performers are expected to descend on the city for the world’s biggest week of traditional music.

Lots going on in George Square and around the City Centre all week.   (See video clip from 2010)

I popped into the shopping marquee this morning and spotted these natty little numbers,


which I thought were hilarious - and practical - for pipers and drummers plodding through muddy fields in our Scottish weather who want to keep their tootsies dry but maintain their look.

Modelled by the owner of the company who designed the wellies

Back in the day you would be reluctant and feel very humiliated if made to wear wellies as a young person in the city - but times change. With so many outdoor music festivals being hosted in our lovely Scottish summer months - some clever person had the wisdom to jazz up the common old wellie and now you can pay up to and beyond £100 for a funky pair of what is essentially rubber boots with a pattern and a logo on them.
 

Wellie companies have certainly scored a hit and made a boring old item trendy - and kept many thousands of pairs of feet dry and mud free into the bargain!  I've a feeling these will go down well this week - as a novelty item if nothing else.