Sunday, 28 May 2017

Edinburgh Marathon

It's a weekend for fit and energetic people!  Marathon runners.  They have my admiration in bucketloads, especially those turning out for the big event being held in Manchester this weekend.  

The route for the Edinburgh Marathon passes by close to here.  In fact, as I type, the wind is carrying the festive sounds of a steel band up the hill to me in the garden!  The dogs and I walked down to the coast road earlier this morning, but even by then there were some runners who were already on their way back to town!  Hooray for all them!  

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The not so humble broad bean!

I still haven't got round to sorting through the rest of my Colonsay photos, so just to keep things alive here, I thought I would do a quick post about the broad bean, Vicia faba!  The inspiration came from a lovely walk the dogs and I took yesterday, across Becky's Strip, near North Berwick. Wafts of perfume came from a huge field of broad beans, and on taking a closer look at the plant, I was struck by how beautiful it is!  Most of the time we just don't look properly at ordinary things like broad bean plants, but remedy that now.
And now read more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicia_faba because this plant has been cultivated for the last 8,000 years and has an amazing role in history.  Honestly, you just never know about these things until you start doing a bit digging!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Dandelion days

Apart from being the title of one of my favourite books, Dandelion Days by Henry Williamson, it occurs to me that the dandelion is a rather overlooked flower, despite its very sunny disposish.  Now that the sun has more or less gone in, and life is getting back to normal after a magical holiday on Colonsay, here is the lovely dandelion, which I think is doing its best to keep the sun shining in every corner of the UK, town and country alike.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

All good things come to an end!

We go home today.  For me, this has been the best holiday I have ever had.  Each day has been completely blissful.  The skies have been blue, the sun has shone from dawn till dusk.  There have been flowers at my feet, wherever I have walked, and I have walked in some very special places in excellent company and learnt so much about this extraordinary little island.  The Colonsay Book Festival, followed by the incomparable Spring Festival have both added a dimension to our visit that can really only be appreciated by being here.  I honestly could not have asked for more.  It has been just amazing.  So we will be back next year, for more!  

I have a multitude of photographs I would like to post on therunningwave.  They will have to wait until I can organise them a bit.  Until then, I think the photo below sums up the last fortnight on Colonsay quite nicely.