“Snow is exhilarating”

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” ~ John Ruskin

I wonder if folk who live in places which are regularly and deeply snowy get bored of it – contempt breeds familiarity and all that?

For me, seeing snow never fails to delight. Yes, it can be a pain to get out and about. But there is nothing to compare with the thrill of seeing any kind of landscape, urban or rural, under a blanket of white. Everything changes: sounds are muffled; the air smells crisp; ordinary objects take on sculptural qualities. I love it!

We’ve had a couple of snowy days here in Edinburgh.

 

After all that busy-ness, things settled down beautifully.

 

The city looked gorgeous. Below, you can see the Castle, and Arthur’s Seat.

 

Hub and I had great fun tramping across the grassy areas of this park, where the snow was still powdery – just like big kids!

 

And I’ve had even more fun playing around with an app on my iPhone called Adobe Capture, which uses the phone’s camera to create the most marvellous kaleidoscope pictures. Here are just a couple of examples.

From this shot (yes, I know it looks a bit dodgy)…..

….you get this:

 

From this (it pays to turn the camera this way and that)….

 

…comes this:

 

And to finish off, a particularly icy, snow-flaky result from this shot:

 

 

Isn’t that just so fabulous? It is utterly addictive! Almost as mesmerising as the weather itself. 🙂

August in Edinburgh Part 2 – Celebration Time!

We have been firework- and light-tastic in Edinburgh this month.

Each night has seen a magnificent display over Edinburgh Castle, courtesy of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo:

 

To mark the end of the summer festivals, there is always a celebratory concert in the lea of the Castle, where fireworks are put to music. This video is a short taste of the 45 minute display:

 

And particularly special this year, we have seen the opening of the magnificent new Queensferry Crossing across the Firth of Forth. This display marked the start of a week of celebrations, culminating with the formal opening by Her Majesty the Queen, to take place on 4 September, exactly 53 years after she opened the current Forth Road Bridge:

How lucky we are, as I have said before, to live in such an amazing part of the world.  🙂

Happy New Year!

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A very warm welcome to 2017.

We thought you might like to see this footage of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay fireworks, taken by Hub from our apartment window.  The castle is about a mile away, and we had a great view.  It was also super to be able to hear the incredible noise of the fireworks, the cheering of the thousands of people who were watching in Princes Street Gardens, and their singing of Auld Lang Syne!

We hope you had an enjoyable festive season.  Hub and I send you our best wishes for a happy and peaceful year. 🙂

Edinburgh’s Summer Festivities

We are having a glorious few days here in Edinburgh at the moment.  Such good weather creates the perfect backdrop for enjoying all that our wonderful summer festivals have to offer.

All fingers and toes were very much crossed for the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival.  This was an event called Deep Time, and it was projected onto the side of Edinburgh Castle.  Here is a recording of this amazing creation:

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