Category Archives: Nature

Syringa Spring

sunset

As the sun sets on winter, spring is already bursting forth.

See the new growth on the Syringa tree, silhouetted against a pink and lilac sky.

A Syringa Spring!

 

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Chariots of Fire

West Sands 1

This is the beach where the famous opening scene was filmed for the 1981 Chariots of Fire movie: West Sands in St Andrews, Scotland

There is still a plaque here, commemorating the film. West Sands was used to portray Broadstairs in Kent, where the runners actually ran.

West Sands 2 Plaque

It’s a lovely stretch of wild sandy beach and on the day we went, fairly deserted. It was late July and though not raining, there was a strong breeze, which I think there always is!

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There were many birds in this small river inlet to the sea; mostly seagulls, but also a few dark birds.

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It’s hard to see exactly what they are, but some of the dark birds had white on them.

As I’ve mentioned before, my little Canon camera really battles to take a clear picture in dim lighting; the photo is grainy and pixelated.

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And just to prove I was here; here I am – wind-swept and freezing!

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Instead of the well-known opening clip from the Chariots of Fire movie, with the lads jogging along the beach (also looking wind-swept and freezing!) here’s the comedic genius of Rowan Atkinson showing them a thing or two at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

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After being blown to bits on the beach (which I find refreshing; plenty of oxygen!) we went for sustenance at a lovely little hidden away cafe and had the best scones ever!

Scones

There was a choice of the most delicious fillings such as fresh fruit, all with great names, like the Prince of Wales etc

I just had a plain one, with butter, jam and clotted cream, but it was scrumptious and basically, that was my lunch!

 

Heaven Scent

Freesia

Heaven Scent

Even the brightest Sunbeam

Needs a little rain

Sometimes

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post script: The answer to last post’s movie trivia quiz, “Who said ‘Like molten steel’?” is Leslie Nielsen in the 1995 comedy “Rent a Kid”. He would compare the oddest things to molten steel. eg This glass is as clean as molten steel.

Points for effort go to Samanthamurdochblog and A Curious Introvert. Thanks for playing along.

 

Grey Heron

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I spotted this large bird as we walked round the lake, St Margaret’s Loch, in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.

I like how from a distance the water looks like molten steel!

Grey Heron 2

I think this is a Grey Heron. They are commonly found all over the UK around wetland areas such as lakes and typically stand with their long necks pulled in, as seen in the first photo.

Grey Heron 3

After I’d taken a few quick shots, the heron decided he’d had enough of me and my camera and slowly waded back towards the shoreline, to hide in the reeds.

 

It was a grey, drizzly day, and as I said recently, my little Canon point and click camera prefers bright sunshine, being South African!

Still, it did its best in the dim lighting and from quite a distance.

 

post script: Extra points if you know who said “Like molten steel” and in which movie.

 

I Survived!

Erica 1

Look who’s back!

Mr Spaghetti Legs’ plant, Erica Quadrangularis, is in full bloom once again.

It has survived a whole year, of sun and drought, and of barely hanging on with its tiny little stem and measly root structure.

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Now, as Spring approaches once more in the Western Cape, it is in full magnificent bloom. A myriad of tiny white bell-shaped blossoms adorn the dry stick-like stems.

Hooray!

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For size comparison: in the above photo, those dried up brown leaves under the bush are from my oak tree. It really is a tiny plant!

 

And because I know that secretly you all want to see some photos of the old boy, here is Mr Spaghetti Legs.

Mr Spaghetti Legs

LM and SL

Mr SL 3

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Mr Spaghetti Legs