Repeated rainbows today.
We are keeping a careful eye on the weather forecasts tonight. I am hoping to meet a friend in Glasgow (two and a half hours away) but strong winds are forecast and the ferries are usually cancelled in a gale force 8 or above. That's 37mph or more. 34mph winds are forecast, but with gusts of 70mph or more.... My friend is travelling from Inverness (three and a half hours) where the threat is snow! Blizzards have been mentioned. And flooding for good measure.
This has happened to us before! Will we make it this time?
We will decide tomorrow morning, early, whether or not to venture forth....
We have a temperate climate here in UK, but weather plays a big part in our lives, largely because it is so very unpredictable.
On this one..
a fine Steinway,
the young Swiss-Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi played Mozart, Ligeti, Debussy and Schubert's last sonata tonight, at Glasgow's City Halls.
It was stunning.
Of this one....
If you watch nothing else this week, do watch Professor Hans Rosling talking about world population on BBC2 Thu Nov 7 (It's on iplayer). Clever and entertaining, and
his message - that the world may not be as bad as we think - is so worth hearing!
There is snow on The Cobbler
, a mountain at the head of Loch Long....Can anyone tell me where autumn went?
Charmingly put. (Tate Modern)
Not quite as charming was the teenager in the Tate Cafe moaning 'I'm well bored' (!)
and the real thing. Absolutely brilliant.
Tate Modern extension and The Shard.
Swish Pop Up Shop at Bankside. See more here
On the Tube (London underground) - this kind of thing helped me not to think about being in this dark hole in the ground hundreds of feet underneath a huge city and a deep river, getting into a metal tube squashed with millions of other people and zooming along at speed....can you tell I'm a little claustrophobic?
Teenage girl overheard at Ballet Rambert: 'Contemporary Dance is really a Marmite question'.
LONDON? I LOVE IT!
I aim to live simply. This is why I moved thirteen years ago to a wee village on the shores of Loch Long in Argyll on the rugged and quiet west coast of Scotland. But, as you know, every now and then I love a bit of city buzzy energy....
Last week I was in London (I'm so glad it wasn't this week in the storms!) and this morning I took a short walk in the forest behind my home.
I leave you with some contrasting shots and no comment, other than I do appreciate how very lucky I am to be able to enjoy both!
Quote of the day..
It doesn't take much to be a successful artist - all you need to do is dedicate your entire life to it.
I wonder if we sometimes overstimulate little children.
The children I photographed in yesterday's post played in that empty open space for a good half hour. There was one small plastic car which lay unnoticed on the ground most of the time.
It reminds me of the Mum who decluttered her child's room, wondering all the while if her daughter would miss all the things she was putting away in the loft. The child's response was 'Oh, now I've got room to dance!' Which she then proceeded to do. Every day.
Children might like to live more simply too. What do you think?
Tiny children just love
to run across this big open space, and I
just love to watch them!