Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Eerie Lighting

Our new street lights are similar to this one
 
Our local Highways Agency has decided to experiment in our village with some new lighting.  In fact on the road we live on and the road below us on the hill.  Unfortunately I cannot get a picture of the lighting as it just won't photograph properly.

They are new light posts with daylight like bulbs, or a white light, in but they only illuminate the area directly underneath them, leaving the rest of the road in a semi-darkness.  So far no one seems to have a good thing to say about them!  I know they are probably energy saving and I know that is something we all have to do now but I don't think these are the solution.  
One set of friends did say that it will be good on Halloween for trick or treating!!

I have had that sort of week, where everything I have touched has managed to go wrong or be awkward.  I think I will go hide under the duvet with my book!
Susie x
 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Burns's Night

Today is Burns Night when in Scotland the birth of the Scottish Bard is celebrated on his Birthday, January 25th.  

Having Scottish roots and relatives it is a tradition which we carry on in our house and for dinner tonight we will be eating Haggis, Neeps & Tatties (English translation Haggis, swede and potatoes!)  For the adults a dram of whiskey!

As some of you know from reading by previous postings we go to the Highlands each year for our holidays and see friends up there and here is my favourite poem of Burn's :

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birthplace of Valour, the country of worth!
Wherever I wander, whever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

Susie x

The Painting by Alexander Nasmyth, 1787
(Scottish National Portrait Gallery)