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August in Edinburgh Part 2 – Celebration Time!

We have been firework- and light-tastic in Edinburgh this month.

Each night has seen a magnificent display over Edinburgh Castle, courtesy of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo:

 

To mark the end of the summer festivals, there is always a celebratory concert in the lea of the Castle, where fireworks are put to music. This video is a short taste of the 45 minute display:

 

And particularly special this year, we have seen the opening of the magnificent new Queensferry Crossing across the Firth of Forth. This display marked the start of a week of celebrations, culminating with the formal opening by Her Majesty the Queen, to take place on 4 September, exactly 53 years after she opened the current Forth Road Bridge:

How lucky we are, as I have said before, to live in such an amazing part of the world.  🙂

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August in Edinburgh Part 1 – Party Time!

Edinburgh is well and truly in full swing during this, our main festival month. The sun has been shining. Everyone is having a marvellous time. Here are a few shots which I hope give you a flavour of the atmosphere. Wish you were here?…..

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Despite all the crowds, it is still possible to find a few corners for a bit of quiet time.  Tourists and performers all need a bit of space…..

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And all the while, the city keeps on being timeless and breath-taking. How lucky we are to call it home! 🙂

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Happy New Year!

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A very warm welcome to 2017.

We thought you might like to see this footage of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay fireworks, taken by Hub from our apartment window.  The castle is about a mile away, and we had a great view.  It was also super to be able to hear the incredible noise of the fireworks, the cheering of the thousands of people who were watching in Princes Street Gardens, and their singing of Auld Lang Syne!

We hope you had an enjoyable festive season.  Hub and I send you our best wishes for a happy and peaceful year. 🙂

Christmas Fairies at Edinburgh Airport

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Just when you thought it was safe to dry your eyes after watching the wonderful Christmas advert from Poland which I wrote about last week, here’s an even bigger tear jerker.  And what’s more, it was filmed a short distance away from me at Edinburgh Airport.

I am indebted to my dear friends Clanmother and Gallivanta for telling me about this one. 🙂

Decorating The Christmas Tree – a quick guide

I love having our Christmas decorations up.  But I’m not a big fan of actually putting them up.  I am therefore extremely lucky that my dear Hub is prepared to do it.

We normally decorate nearer to Christmas itself.  For various reasons, and bearing in mind the timing of various visits this year, this past weekend was designated as decorating day.

I love being able to get out all out the various Christmas bits and bobs.  These mugs give me a ridiculous amount of pleasure, for example…

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Edinburgh’s Christmas has arrived!

This weekend saw the launch of Edinburgh’s Christmas season.  It is a magical time and there is much to enjoy.  I’ll be posting a few shots of the various treats available to us in coming posts.  For starters, here is a view of the Princes Street Gardens, where you can visit the European market and Santa Land.  As you can see, we had glorious weather on Saturday.

 

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Of course, it all really comes into its own at night…

 

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The black ‘blobs’ you can see at the foot of this last shot are the heads of people.  There were huge crowds taking in all the sights and sounds.  Very sensible – there is no better place to celebrate the season! 🙂

Bad News, Good News!

My Dear Friends,

Oh!  How I have missed you all this past week.  My usual routine was unexpectedly thrown out the window when I experienced an nightmare tear in my left cornea – ouch!!

I must first say what wonderful support I received from my GP and my optician.  I was treated within a few hours of contacting them.  And the medicine they prescribed starting working immediately, with the result that, one week on, my eye is pretty much completely better.

So I have gone from being in agony, not being able to bear light, unable to look at anything or read or type etc, to virtual normality (or as normal as I am ever going to get, as Hub might say!).

This is handy timing because it is today my birthday. 🙂

I have spent a lovely day with Hub and my Mum and step-Dad, having a delicious lunch out and exploring a new-to-us garden in Edinburgh.

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Right here, right now….

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.  If you are attentive, you will see it.

~ Thich Naht Hanh

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram (see links at the foot of this page if you are interested!) will know that I am slightly obsessed about posting photographs of the beautiful sunsets with which we are blessed here in Scotland.  Hub and I are lucky enough to live in an apartment with a fabulous view – it is an excellent vantage point for weather-watching.

Last night, I shared this photo – a stunning example of the evening skies to which we are treated:

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