Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Blue skies and ice in Tillypronie




It's very, very cold in London -- the primroses in my garden are in danger of freezing, though I'm hoping the micro-climate of kitchen warmth will keep them from harm (thanks to simmering beef casserole for dinner last night and pasta with anchovies, pancetta, courgettes and broccoli this evening; yum yum). Dashed up to Scotland for 24 hours on Sunday afternoon -- plans to make, an even icier garden to explore -- and then made it back to London in time for supper on Monday. Since then, have been hibernating and writing at home; hoping that the fragile new beginnings of a book just taking shape...

7 comments:

enid said...

I do hope that your hibernation results in another wonderful book. We call it cocooning here but cannot do that until winter. It is so hot at the moment so we escaped to Hermanus a lovely seaside village where swimming in the tidal pools is just splendid.The sky was blue and we were surrounded by rocks and sea. Utter bliss. As for food. salads are all we eat so your description of your supper is yummy. Tillypronie looks very inviting and once again you are a maestro with the camera.

Lilac In May said...

With plans to make and a new book to write, life sounds full and exciting. Love the ying and yang symbol on the frozen lake. Enid, you paint a picture of paradise for us chilly Brrrits.

Justine Picardie said...

What a coincidence; I was just thinking about Hermanus last night, remembering lovely holidays there as a child, and wondering whether I could go back in September.
And Lilac: very pleased about your yin/yang observation, as I hadn't noticed it myself until you pointed it out!

The Scrivener said...

That has brought back memories of a few days spent in Kleinmond (very near Hermanus?) in 1995. We scrambled over the rocks until we were out on a tiny promontory, where we sat for hours watching three Southern Right whales in the bay. They were so close - just lazing on the surface, rolling over and waving their huge fins in the air. Wonderful and unforgettable.
Walking back along the beach we stopped to talk to a dogwalking local who cheerfully told us that they were called Right whales because the whalers had considered them the right ones to kill. So horrible - is this true, do you know Enid?
Kate

Justine Picardie said...

Over to Enid!

enid said...

It is indeed true but not peculiar to South Africa there are many right whales. We have the Southern Right whale. They are a great attraction and Kleinmond ( small mouth ) is indeed next to Hermanus. Justine, Hermanus is lovely in Sepember. I hope all of you are keeping warm. I wish I could send parcels of heat to all of you. I disagree with Checkov. People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.
-- Anton Chekhov

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