Nature and relaxation

It’s an unusually balmy day in London, sun is shining between the clouds and we are promised 15C at lunchtime!

Makes one want to go and relax and reconnect with nature. And i came across this during my grumpy morning coffee and now i feel very relaxed, you should try it too πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Courtesy Scottish woods and the BBC:


Comments definitely open.

Love of the Highlands


Urquhart castle on Loch Ness in the rain

Urquhart castle on Loch Ness in the rain

I feel like i have travelled through time and history. … my mind is full of Stewarts, clans, standing stones and grave stones, legends and life stories,  music, plaids, broadswords, castles and struggles…
I’ve been at Culloden today and it’s a site of so much sorrow.. not only for the deaths that happened here but also for the consequences which have rippled through time. I’ve not been on a battle field before. ..
And yet you are always surrounded by so much beauty…


Loch Ness

Badly taken with a tired hand on mobile phone..
Tomorrow the long two part journey home begins via Edinburgh again.
I feel incredibly sad for having to leave. …

Blogger lost in the highlands….

I’m laptop-less, with potentially/maybe? WI-FI and Scotland bound.

I hope to see some of these… in fact i hope to be met when i am back ‘home’ (well it was for a few wonderful years) in Edinburgh by the lone piper just off Waverley station and by the smell of whisky distilling πŸ™‚

It will be a short week but i hope to pump as much fresh air in my lungs as i can Β πŸ˜‰

And don’t get all soppy at the idea of kilts and such, it is not Outlander out there! Men in kilts were part of life in Edi, fancy if at weddings, but the everyday variety which i mostly bumped into a rugby matches (which i loved going to!) is pretty much like this πŸ™‚ :

Although my friends are encouraging me to run off with a Ewan McGregor type in kilt should i bump into one… LOL i shall certainly endeavour to find either the man himself (supposed to be presenting himself as Jesus at Edi film festival in a couple of weeks ) or his clone πŸ˜‰

Ewan McGregor in Last Days in the Desert (never ages this one)

Jokes aside, Scotland is so much more than the Scott (as in Walter) inspired country of beautiful scenery and romantic castles and men in kilts. This is a good article to start you off about modern times Scotland:

I love both the romantic scenery and the modern day grittiness. And i can’t wait to be back in food heaven, especially the best fresh fish i ever had!

But, don’t think i am rubbing it in. Spare me some thoughts full of pity ( seriously πŸ˜‰ ), please watch a preview greeting Β message from Inverness :

I’ll be spending most of the week around Inverness, Isle of Skye, Outer Hebrides, etc and the forecast is: max!!! 11-13 C , effectively due to wind feeling like 8-9C and rain, rain, rain, rain… It’s the 1st of June.

Whisky please!Β slΓ inte!

click for more on the golden stuff

The universe is beautiful :-)

And i wish i was still in Scotland, which is where the best view of the eclipse was today on a truly stunning morning:

Sky looking clear for #eclipse2015 watchers on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.

and then the universe put on the show πŸ™‚

Roy Henderson photographed this detail from Falkirk.

George Chalmers captured this image over Alloa.

and finally, it’s not an eerie night it’s 9,30 am πŸ™‚

Colin Lawrie captured this stunning image.

Can’t wait to be back in Scotland in June!

And for geeks like me who love eclipses and all things universe, tonight at 9pm on BBC TWO in ep 3 of Stargazing ‘Brian Cox and Dara O Briain host their final night of stargazing from Jodrell Bank Observatory where, following the day’s extraordinary events, they have exclusive images from the solar eclipse. Brian alsoΒ reveals the latest discoveries and solar secrets of our nearest star’. Click on the photo for link to the program on Iplayer:

Brian and Dara (the professor and the comedian)

PS and in other news it’s been an absolute hell of slavery this week, but at least it is coming to an end (to be continued on Monday of course…) But, i just needed a little pick me up this morning, so i finally decided to change my desktop image to this:

because there are many beautiful things in the universe ;-)

because there are many beautiful things in the universe πŸ˜‰

enjoy your Friday!