Saturday, 27 July 2013

Hola!

There's a little clue as to where I have been during the last fortnight.  That's pretty much all the Spanish I have picked up, apart from 'grassyarse' of course.  We have been away with our daughter and her four children and they totally clocked that one!  Our son-in-law joined us once The Open had closed.  It was held just up the road from home so that was a major event not to be missed.  Meantime, in Spain lots of flopping in and out out of the swimming pool and loads of sunshine which has been great.  

There was no wifi in the villa hence no blogging and the only contact with the outside world has been via my daughter's iPhone.  

I have a mass of photos to go through and I am looking forward to picking out my favourites to post here.  In the meantime let me share a little of the jungle we have come home to!
Lovely hot Scottish sunshine and a certain amount of rain and watering on the part of friends has resulted in a veritable explosion of growth in the garden.  I have just spent nearly an hour picking sweet peas, purple French beans, peas and staggered in under the weight of a number of courgettes who have grown up to become marrows.  Remind me not to go away in July again!  
It's the local airshow this weekend.  It takes place a couple of fields away at the site of the Flight Museum.  It started at 10 am this morning and I was about to comment on the fact that we had heard not a peep nor seen any air activity when, out of nowhere, our world was torn asunder by the loudest noise I have ever heard.  Not so high in the skies above the house a huge jet, a Typhoon combat aircraft, has been doing an acrobatic routine.  Absolutely terrifying.  My daughter's Labrador has taken herself off to the dark and refuge of our walk-in wardrobe.  Even Mr Gaucho, who is profoundly deaf, appeared to find out what the commotion was.  Holy moly, that was not a peaceful start to the weekend!  And there will be more I have no doubt.

I will be back in due course with photos of sunny Spain.  In the meantime thank you for visiting therunningwave while I have been away.  I will try and make up for the lack of content very soon!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Hooray!!!

The whoops of encouragement and delight coming from our household this afternoon must have mingled in the stratosphere with all the other positive vibes being generated by the entire UK as we willed Andy Murray on to such an epic win at Wimbledon today!  

We had a feeling it might be a good day.  Here was the omen in the sky this morning!
Well done Andy!!  We are very proud of you!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

A busy weekend so far

We have a much loved friend from Hampshire staying with the family this weekend.  Yesterday he came with me to the beach where we walked with my two younger grandsons. The boys made the mistake of taking their father's rather expensive British and Irish Lions 2013 commemorative rugby ball with them.  It was temporarily forgotten about while they larked around doing a spot of dune jumping.  
When they remembered about the ball it had blown a long way back down the beach to the water's edge and was bobbing about in the running waves.  The labrador took it upon herself to try and retrieve it but each time she tried to grab hold of it in her mouth she was actually nudging it further and further away from the beach.  It was quickly a long way out to sea.  You can just about see the ball and the dog at four o'clock from the sea gull!
Our heroic weekend guest was then required to take off his top layers and wade out until he was chest deep in the very cold North Sea in order to grab the dog and say a fond farewell to the rugby ball, which is probably knocking around off the coast of Norway by now.  Maybe it's caught up with Wilson, who knows.

Walking back across the salt marsh we passed some ragwort covered in clusters of cinnabar moths (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnabar_moth).  I haven't seen any for years, probably decades, so I was very delighted to see them again.  They are so handsome.
Just by the car park at John Muir Country Park there is an excellent play area.  Typical of East Lothian Council, the landscape planting is lovely.  Whoever is in charge of municipal planting in the local authority has a very nice and sensitive touch.  Every year I am impressed!  The whole of the play park is extremely well done.  Nice rope too.
 On the way in to the play ground you are met by these two upside down characters.
If the weather stays fine I might pack a picnic lunch next week and take the mob there to work off some energy.  It's a very good place to be.

Today I have been on Traprain Law again, continuing with the grassland survey.  The sun has shone all day long.  We even managed breakfast in the garden which was a great way to start the day. 

The views from the top of the Law were wonderful, as always.  To the east, out to sea

 and to the west, towards Edinburgh and the Pentlands, faint in the distance.