I’m a big fan of Henry Thoreau and would love to have a go at ‘doing a Walden’. It wouldn’t be quite the same of course because I would want to take Mr Tracks with me. But I’m sure I would still get the benefit.
Anyhow, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the simple pleasures of just having time out in the open air, enjoying all that nature has to offer – especially here in the glorious part of the world where we live – I don’t think I have ever mentioned how fabulous Edinburgh, and Scotland are, have I….? 😉 .
Mr Tracks and I had a day off together today and took the chance to spend some time heading East out of Edinburgh along the North coast, where we have the most fabulous sweeping beaches. We stopped at a number of places, but spent the most time at a glorious place called Gullane.
Here’s a small sense of what it looks like:
We went down onto the beach for a lovely stroll and a bit of bird watching. There were plenty of oystercatchers, some godwits (probably bar-tailed, but possibly black-tailed – it was a bit too windy to tell). Here’s a picture of one single oystercatcher for the record. It’s very grainy because I took it with my ‘point and press’ camera, rather than it being a proper photo by Mr Tracks and his mega cannon-thing. But I like it because I think it looks a bit like a Monet picture, and I think it also gives a sense of the rather persistent breeze which accompanied us along the shoreline!
And for the romantics among you….
When we got back to Gullane itself, we stopped in this glorious little cafe. No outing would be complete without a visit to a tea-shop, now would it?
Gullane’s Village Coffee Shop comes highly recommended by us – so pop in whenever you next find yourself in the area!
Back home, with that tight feeling on my skin that one gets after a day on the coast, and a happy heart from a lovely day out, my thoughts return back to Thoreau. What might he have said over a nice cup of tea if we were sharing stories about our respective days? Well one of the things he said in Walden was ‘Nature spontaneously keeps us well. Do not resist her!’. That seems to me to be excellent advice and I can’t wait to get back out again some time soon.