Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight

Red sky at night
Originally uploaded by framboise.

Sometimes the gods have no taste at all. They allow sunrises and sunsets in ridiculous pink and blue hues that any professional artist would dismiss as the work of some enthusiastic amateur who’d never looked at a real sunset.

Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time (Doubleday p.180)

Pterry puts it beautifully when describing the pretty tasteless colours that make up the most beautiful on sunrises and sunsets. While they look stunning in real life, you wouldn’t really want to hang it on your living room wall, would you?

We’ve had pretty good weather all week in Edinburgh. It’s that old phenomenon where we get all of our good warm(-ish) weather in May, culminating in the usually hot and sunny holiday weekend. Then June, July and August merge as a wet and muggy season. The longer daylight hours also herald the sudden influx of tourists who think summer is a good time to visit. Little do they know… May is the best month, followed very closely by September and the early part of October. They’re also the best months for visiting the city, ‘cos the Festival visitors have left by then…

Photo taken at Yellowcraig Beach, between Gullane and North Berwick. Highly recommend all three beaches, along with Dunbar’s massive beach. All good for summer evening walks and flying kites, but still too cold to dip (unless you’re a masochist or die-hard surfer with an extra-thick wetsuit). Came across the strangest driftwood this evening.


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