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 ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Courtesy Scottish woods and the BBC:

 

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Snow

Edit – click on the images to enlarge, i’ve figured out how to do it!

Sorry everyone, i know this place has been somewhat lonely lately. Still working through stuff and things just keep dropping on the pile accumulating… But more about that sometimes when it won’t be just an unreadable windge-fest.

On to more seasonal things.. or not, as you will see shortly ๐Ÿ™‚ The lovely Herba and Poe have been setting monthly creative themes, which have been much fun to read and see so far. I got in late for the Oktoberfest one with a theme inspired meal of Schnitzel and potato salad but this was a no-brainer!

Herba’s monthly theme was snow ๐Ÿ™‚

So, here it is:

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Isle of Skye – Cuillins

And you’re probably asking yourself: where??? Well, on the top of the mountains, where else! Of course, there is a bit of fog so you can’t quite see it well, so here’s some more:

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There it is, between the peeks…

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and on the tops… (yes it was raining as you see, and it rained…. and it rained and rained and rained…)

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Wet did not tarnish the beauty, at least i didn’t think it did….

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Since i am not sure you can see in any way when these were taken.. it was 2nd of June 2015…. yes, snow… in summer ๐Ÿ™‚ Quite unusual even for the highlands and the isles, but it was 8 degrees C and snowing that weekend and the temperatures stayed that low all week.

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It had the major advantage or saving us from the highland monster – the midges- and giving us dazzlingly fresh air to inhale up and down these mountains. In spite of appearances it was not really mucky, just wet and pretty slippery. The ground is mossy and it absorbs water like a sponge. The season had been however unusually wet so there were waterfalls and ponds everywhere and you had to watch your step if you didn’t want to end up with wet ankles.

Oh and it makes for perfect weather for a wee dram ๐Ÿ™‚

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For those still doubtful here are some wobbly speed snaps from the bus on the way around Skye ๐Ÿ™‚ Fresh snow, our guide had been skiing there that very weekend.

But it wasn’t all grey, the very next day i was on a boat at breathtaking winds and mostly clear skies (dolphin spotting trip).

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The Cuillins in the distance and parts of the Black isle closer by.

It was Burn’s night the other day and i got email from my usual restaurants in Edinburgh with evening menu of cullen skink, haggis, cranachen and i thought of snow and Inverness and Skye and missed Scotland terribly… and had the taste of Singleton of Glen Ord in my mouth. Now i wish i had found a way to squeeze a bottle in my backpack last summer…

I just want to close my eyes and be back in the highlands, with the patches of snow in the summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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and back to this place where i had the most amazing lunch bap with fresh crab, salmon and Scottish langoustines! It’s heaven on the palate.

Love of the Highlands

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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…

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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. …

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 alsoย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

enjoy your Friday!