Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sunshine and Showers

It has been raining outside this morning but thankfully l managed to get S into school before it came teeming down. We even managed a detour on route to drop some books off at the charity shop - part of the ongoing spring clearout.

The upside of living where we do (Scotland’s west coast) is the dramatic scenery but the downside has to be the rain (although my father-in-law might argue the Midge instead!).
Certainly we have ample vocabulary to describe the rain, describing the action of it, its direction and intensity. Perhaps we do this to help in our acceptance of it- like an Inuit with ‘summer snow' or a Texan with 'a baking sun'. Somehow by making it more interesting we build up forbearance and learn to live with it. To talk about the changeable weather is our national pastime - we don’t even realise we’re doing it anymore – like tapping the barometer on the way out of the door or packing wet weather gear in with packed lunch!
It must be noted however that there is also a special Gaelic word for when it stops raining- ‘turadh’- just don’t ask me to say it.
Yesterday it stopped raining so l took more pictures (below).

After picking up S from school yesterday we walked along the shore and climbed up c*astle hill. We bought an ice cream at the café below and before heading home bumped into my sis-in-law out strolling along the prom with her S also. Nephew S had such a wonderful smile for us and shared licks of ice cream with his cousin before we parted. Everyone was in a sunshiny mood.


Pearl said...

Oh my such beautiful photos. I can't imagine being able to just stop and enjoy such scenery.
Your son is so handsome!

Thanks for sharing.

Sling said...

Gorgeous scenery horizon!
I like the tapping of the barometer habit.

clairesgarden said...

its a beautiful place and the worst thing is the midge!!

PEA said...

Hello dear Horizon:-)

I'm finally back to regular blogging and trying to get caught up with everyone's news...slow going but I'm getting there! lol Thank you so much for your best wishes regarding my finding out that I'll become a grandma...I can't tell you enough how thrilled I am:-)

I so enjoyed watching your video with all those beautiful pictures of your outing...it does my heart good to see so much green! lol Still lots of snow here! Sigh! S is growing up so fast, I couldn't believe how big he's getting...quite a fine young man you have there:-)

All the best to you dear friend! xoxo

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Really beautiful there Horizon! I`m imagining that your midges are like our misquitoes ? Hope not that bad for your sake :)


Sharon Kay said...

As always just beautiful pictures. I know so many that would like to visit your beautiful country and you could be a video of just why they should visit.

Kerri said...

We had one of those 'cats and dogs' days yesterday. Better today though, and tomorrow they say will be sunny and 60ºF (15ºC). Yay - spring! Finally!
Your midges sound like our black flies which bite in spring and early summer. Nasty little beasts! We have mosquitoes too.
You have a wonderful eye with that camera. Beautiful photos!!

Susie said...

What lovely pictures of the seaside. Little S is growing so quickly. Such a handsome guy!!
Enjoy your little break from the rain, but I love how green everything looks!

MissKris said...

I grew up only a few miles inland from Washington State's Pacific coast, right along the southern border of the Olympic Rain Forest. Believe me, I know EXACTLY what you mean about the rain...I am not exagerrating when I say we probably had 300 days of rain a year! But, as children we learned to adapt and played outside no matter what the weather...we'd just put on rain boots and slickers is all! Your photos are GORGEOUS!!! I hope to spend a little time this afternoon after church and try to upload the photos we've taken of our newest grandson. I can not begin to tell you what it's meant to me to have him here safe and sound before I go in for surgery tomorrow, Sarah! To hold that sweet little life in my hands...ah, I am blessed! He has the most adorable tiny cleft in his chin and a dimple in his left cheek just like his big brother Dylan. I'll have Kaitlin do a quick post for me to let everyone know how the surgery goes. Hope this finds YOU well, too, dear friend! (((((HUGS)))))

Jeanette said...

Hi Horizon. Im slowly catching up with everyone.
Lovely slide show I ejoyed seeing the scenery and wee Sam. Maybe not so Wee..he is growing up fast,,,

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