autumn weather in scotland is rather brilliant I think. when it’s bad, as it often is, it’s very dramatic, with howling winds, dark ominous clouds, and, of course, rain. but when it is fine, it is absolutely beautiful 🌸
what a wild and windy night we just had! it felt like being on a small boat in rough seas as the cottage creaked and shifted around us 🌬
it is officially autumn in my corner of scotland, which means knitted jumpers are once again essential (they disappeared for a few whole weeks of summer) and more importantly, my garden is jam-packed with fruit (pun intended 🍓). there are no less than FOUR apple trees with at least some part of themselves in my garden, as well as strawberries, blackberries, and the world’s most enticing ripe plums (also elderberries, which I haven’t worked out what to do with yet). also every walk we take seems to lead us past laden boughs leaning alluringly out of other people’s gardens, offering pears, quinces and damsons. as someone who has to be very careful about my consumption of fruit sugars, this is a season of torture...
we are on a mission to tidy up the garden! so far it is going well. I have a hard time with keeping the garden tame because I love all plants quite equally, and feel guilty for tearing out weeds. but I realise they are starting to take over (and some are taller than me!) so most of them have to go. I tend to leave one or two as a gesture of good will though 🌾☘️
I was walking on the beach without shoes and one half of my favourite pair of walking socks fell out of my pocket and vanished ☹️ but today I get to collect my favourite person from the airport, so I guess it’s ok 🙂
a man I met on my walk today said, “essa fenny kenna weather tedeh, ennet?” (it’s a funny kind of weather today, isn’t it?). he was digging up shells of some sort and dropping them in an orange bucket. even though it was quite warm there was no sun, only an endless sea of thick, low cloud ☁️
I am in a period of flux right now, with a lot of uncertainty and currents pulling in different directions. what I ought to be doing is cleaning my house, but instead I have been spending a lot of time standing ankle deep in tide pools, thinking about things.
more rain and low lying fog banks in fife 🌫 I actually really like this weather 🌬 I have been experimenting with making my own shampoo; the current recipe is hemp milk, castile soap, baking soda and vanilla extract. it lathers up well and smells lovely! I’ve also been rinsing my hair with everything from apple cider vinegar to tea just to see what happens 🍎
we had unbelievably hot and sunny weather for a stretch here, but recently the sea breezes, fog, and rain have started to appear intermittently again. to be honest I’m relieved; somehow being hot and dusty doesn’t really suit scotland.
life has been so hectic lately. very grateful for the time I get each day to go for a walk somewhere pretty and just turn my brain off for a while 🌻
some atmospheric stormy skies over the loch behind my house 🌬🌊 we’ve been having rather exciting weather for the past few days, I’ve actually been quite enjoying it. sun and warmth all the time is nice but it doesn’t feel very scottish! and the air smells so good after a good storm 😌
my mother and I spent about half an hour watching razorbills and guillemots divebombing off these cliffs into the sea. they looked like they were having the time of their lives 🐧