We had a beautiful sunny afternoon today, and in the golden afternoon sunshine a friend, the dogs and I had a short walk along the coastal path from Gullane towards North Berwick. We were only out for an hour from 3pm but during that time the November sun quickly changed from being warm on our backs on the way out, and sinking very low and dazzling in our eyes on the way back.
The sea buckthorn bushes growing throughout the dunes behind the beach at Gullane, are laden with their glorious orange berries. They are rich in vitamin C and I would love to be able to pick and cook with them, but they seem to be impossible to harvest. If I try to take one off the tree, it just squishes and explodes in my fingers! If anyone has any good tips for picking these berries, please let me know! I once had a sea buckthorn souffle at Tom Kitchin's restaurant in Leith, and it was absolutely delicious, but any attempt to recreate it has been thwarted by the tree, every time!
At this time of year large skeins of geese commute daily across our east coast skies. Out in the morning, back in the evening. They are a wonderful sight.
By the time we were almost home, the sun had gone down and the bay between us and Edinburgh was a glowing golden yellow and the sunset picked out the distinctive outline of Arthur's Seat.