As my running has been improving so much over the past year or so, next year I might have another go at a marathon.

Unless I can talk myself out of it.

Oh dear…

The 25th of January is an important date in Scotland as it is the day when Scots celebrate the life of Robert Burns who was the author of many Scottish poems.  I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of Burns’ poetry.  I find it is written in a form of Scots language which is very difficult to understand (but that’s just a personal opinion – Burns is loved by many).

However, what I do like about Burns Night is the fact that the day is marked by eating a traditional Scottish meal called haggis. You may have heard of haggis, indeed you may have even been brave enough to sample it.  Haggis is made from all the parts of a sheep which would normally go to waste, and mixed with oatmeal, onion and spices.  Traditionally, haggis was contained with the sheep’s stomach (delicious, I know!)

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Haggis is normally served with neeps (turnip / swede) and tatties (potatoes).

I have to confess I don’t eat traditional haggis anymore, on account of being a vegetarian for the past 13 or so years.  However there is such a thing as vegetarian haggis made from beans, nuts, oatmeal and various spices (highly recommended!)

So if you ever have the chance to sample haggis then I would encourage you to do so.  You might be pleasantly surprised!

A couple of days ago there was a very colourful, unusual looking sky.

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A mere ten minutes later and it was gone.  Nature is a wonderful thing!

Well it’s a sort of pink / red sky.  However you would describe it I thought it looked rather nice against the backdrop of the black trees and roof tops.

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Very high winds over the past week and here’s the result.

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Thankfully it didn’t do too much damage, but it only just missed some houses on the right.

Oh no, it’s snowing.

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I might have already mentioned that I don’t like snow very much!

Why do people persist on making New Year’s Resolutions?

I mean, come February is anyone still sticking with theirs?

Years ago I resolved never to make another resolution and it’s worked fine so far.

C’mon folks, enjoy 2015 and don’t put too much pressure on yourselves.

Back in 2012 I saw a lovely film called “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.  The story concerned a group of British retirees travelling to India, to what they thought was going to be their retirement home.  What they find is the crumbling Marigold Hotel, run by the eternally optimistic Sonny.  Eventually they set about returning the hotel to its previous glory.

Starring the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith it was a charming, undemanding watch.  I know that sounds a bit like damming with faint praise but its not meant to be.  Anyway, next month there’s a sequel coming out and I can’t wait!

I took this photo at 11am yesterday morning when I popped out to post a letter.  The clouds were sweeping over bringing a heavy snow shower.  As you can see it was very dark and dramatic.

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Last week I posted a photo as the sun was going down, so it seems only right that this week’s photo is of the sun coming up.

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The lovely clear winter mornings can make for a beautiful sunrise.

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