Sunday, 10 December 2017

n ' i c e

Having little in the way of a plan for today, the general feeling was the Pentlands might be nice. Apologies for not meeting Richard's group or taking along any passengers, we were having a busy enough morning just charging the spare battery (the Berlingo used to require a jump start in cold weather) and getting out the door. Turns out the Pentlands were a VERY good call as a heavy frosting overnight left them with an impressive dusting of sparkles on the higher shelves.

This is art. I'm calling it Joys of Christmas. Possibly this year's card.
And yes it really was left near our front door by a local.

had to scrape the Berlingo wingos

Obvs too many crumbs in the Flotterstone car park,
this is not a tree decoration.

After a scone and coffee at the excellent Cafe we headed off up Turnhouse.
With moon attendant.

We had to make adjustments to clothing as we had both slightly overdressed although it was very cold in the shadows. I wore gloves and hat the whole way. M had hers on and off.

there was a not-quite-cloud-inversion south-east of the ridge

big frost crystals

I have enlarged a close up of the frost crystals on heather from the above photo (central upper section) in the photo below and you can just about see the crystaline structures. There were lots of amazing and weird things going on, mostly of the frozen water variety.

standing water

solid water going downhill

mount fuji-kip

Some people, stricken by poverty of imagination, are forced to skate on a dreadful little pond at the end of George Street to ghastly music. We found this private rink up Black Hill and although I was a little cautious to start with, the ice seemed to be frozen about 6 feet deep or until it melted near the earth's core. Cue quite a lot of monkey business. 

photos Mary (obvs)

everything in sunlight was frost free, everything in shadow, frozen

A very special day. 3.5 hrs, 3 running. 12 hilly miles.

jumping for joy

Usual Gullane Saturday run. Very cold, very sunny, very glorious. The second of 3 rather splendid runs on consecutive days. Nice recovery run and wrapped up well against the BALTIC weather. First up a Costa coffee machine in the Day Today shop next to defunct Falko's. (Was The Day Today not a Chris Morris news spoof?) Anyway the dude in there was very helpful and the coffee hit the mark. Bakeries from Gannet Deli although they were out of scones. Still overbudget and haven't quite nailed it. Reluctance to leave warm Berlingo and interact with cold.

a while since I have done any of these
must have been the bright weather casting shadows that inspired this

It really was bright. Sort of like a sun lamp, but without the radiating warmth. Mary thought it was a bit like a floor based fan heater when you switch the element off or it breaks and you are just left with a cold draught. The car heater has been a bit like that also. The engine only ever getting up to the sort of temps required for heating the interior by the time the journey is over. 

Mary did a very good job of taking this photo at JUST the right moment.
Just as well you can't see my monkey face of concentration.

The downside of the low sun is that early on it goes below any land mass. However although the first half of Gullane Bay was post sunset the second half was still catching the dying rays. We ran on to go through the wind protected woods and visit the tree troll but the last of the best photos stops about here! And so do I.