Last week was a fairly bizarre week of happenings for me. Thankfully the majority of these happenings were of the good kind, which makes a change. Much of it revolved around friends which is always pleasing, especially when you have not seen or spoken to them in a long time.
On the photo front, not too much going on as I lacked a bit of imagination.
For those not in the know, today in Scotland we celebrate the life of Robert Burns, a Scottish poet born on this day in 1759. Traditionally you have a dinner of haggis, neeps, and tatties, recite his poems and like any good Scottish tradition get hammered on whisky.
I did not do any of this as I was working but I did wear a wee bit tartan to work. To be honest most people just thought I was a bit odd as they did not know or realise the date. I thought it was nice to dress up for work for a change.
It may have become apparent that I like colourful things. Colour helps cheer up those dull times when everything looks and feels gray. I found some colour to kick start my day. I am amused by the simple things life has to offer sometimes!
Another beautiful Sunday morning today. Blue skies, mild temps and not too much wind. More good running weather. We ran a route going from Bonaly over to Glencourse then back to Harlaw and down Torphin hill. Beth's GPS informed us that it was 7.89 miles, although I added approx 4 extra miles as I ran from my house rather than drive to our meeting point and back.
It took me roughly 2 hours, but it was fairly tough going at some points as the ground was extremely water logged and slippy with mud. There was a fair amount of up hill too! The old legs were starting to get a bit stiff by the time I got home, but as ever it felt good for my mind and soul.
View from top of Bonaly.
I am still trying to keep up my photo a day project, so decided to play a little with my camera. Not much came out the way I had hoped, but at least I tried. Hopefully get better with more practice. Here are a couple of the not so terrible ones.
It has been a very cold but beautiful day here in Auld Reekie, so I have tried to take advantage of this great weather as best I can.
Started the day with fine hour longish run with the girls over Torphin/Bonaly way. Then took myself for a boulder down at Alien 2. Although indoors it was still quite baltic. Then raced up the crags at Arthurs Seat to try and get a photo of the sunset. I probably should have stayed a while longer but I was getting cold and I think I should have had my tripod too. Never mind, next time.
One of my favourite films is Zombieland. I have watched it so many times and despite all the zombie gore always makes me giggle. Partly because I love Woody Harrelson, but Bill Murray's cameo appearance is just brilliant.
Obviously trying to stay alive in Zombieland can be quite tricky, so there are some rules which are helpful to keeping ones non Zombie status, e.g Rule number 1 "Cardio" and Rule number 3 "Beware of Bathrooms", but one of my favourites that equally applies to a non zombie infested land is Rule number 32 "Enjoy the Little Things".
So take some time today to enjoy the little things. They often make you smile, or at least they do with me.
The Botanic gardens can often look a little drab during the winter months as there is nothing much in bloom, but after the storms on Tuesday it looks decidedly war torn. So many trees have been toppled in the high winds that much of garden has been roped off to restrict access. Hopefully they can use all the logs and wood chip for something useful. Mulch maybe?
Anyone in Scotland today would have noticed a bit of a breeze blowing. I missed most of it being inside all day, but was glad to get home to see that my house was still in one piece. Many people and places have not been so fortunate.
Granton harbour did look quite spectacular with the waves crashing over the wall this morning.
Well it's here the year of 2012 begins. So far so good!
The event passed without too much fuss, good friends, a few drinks and some sticky toffee pudding. A good way to start the year in my book.
Yesterday however I did have a slight case of new year blues. I managed to surface from my bed about 1pm. The weather was still good so thought I should at least get a little fresh air to blow away the cobwebs. I headed along the canal but soon realised that the whole world and their dog had had a similar idea so about turned and made a bee line for home. I decided the best idea would be to just shut it all out and go back to bed. So I did. Extremely lazy day.
This morning it was also very tempting to stay tucked in cosy beneath the duvet but thought better of it and headed to the Pentlands' to test out my new trail shoes. I am glad I did because it was another cold but gorgeous morning. I do love those type of mornings especially for running. Cold and dry. Just perfect.
Tonight was topped off with a good climbing session, so now don't feel quite so guilty about my duvet day yesterday.