Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Our wonderful weather

I try to avoid simple weather posts, they’re just too easy to make if you live in Scotland.

But, when there is a point, they can be interesting.

Scots probably still remember this year’s Beast from the East and, if not too diverted by the festivities, may have noticed a Met Office alert to the effect that similar upper atmospheric conditions are already stacking up NOW, and might bring a similar freezing wave, only none months later.

The good, or bad, news is that they simply can’t tell if all the elements will combine to repeat the phenomenon, and that they’ll only be able to see this happen a week or two in advance.

Some years ago, our winters had become very different, and I recall one trip made to the Isle of Bute on 31 December (I used to play ‘Catch the last ferry’ in those days, as they don’t run at the start of the year – miss it, and you’re stuck there) to catch some of the geocaches planted there. It was so warm I dump my jacket, and was climbing around the island in a jumper.

Meantime, consider I’m writing this on a balmy Sunday morning with 11.3°C showing on the outdoor thermometer, on 29 December 2018, and took the pic below in Glasgow on the 28th.

Glasgow 28 December 2018

Glasgow 28 December 2018

Let’s look a little closer at one detail, as seen from the Observation Gallery of the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green.

People's Palace Picnic

People’s Palace Picnic

It was actually colder yesterday, probably closer to 8 or 9°C.

30/12/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

A neighbour’s interesting pair

It goes back a few years, but we used to have some friends who lived nearby. But they weren’t young, and we eventually lost touch, then noted their house was for sale, then sold, then tarted it up, then for sale, then sold again.

The buyer didn’t have far to come, and I thought they’d bought a second home, near their first, since I know most of the local personal plates.

This isn’t hard to do, especially if they’re particularly notable, like this almost matching pair.

Although there are one or two ‘close’ or ‘similar’ pairs that float around, I can never catch them.

But they’re not as good as these two.

Even the paint matches.

I don’t usually guess (wrong too often), but maybe this time, Ryan?

2011 Audi A6 [V7 RYN]

2011 Audi A6 [V7 RYN]

2016Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive [RYN 7V]

2016Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive [RYN 7V]

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Today is Bacon Day

30 December is Bacon Day.

Bacon seems to date all the way back to the Middle Ages, and is basically a popular method of preserving meat and adding flavour by soaking it in a specialized brine.

I was quite fussy about my bacon, and don’t thank anyone who serves up the type that is more fat than meat, unfortunately the type often hidden in anything with bacon added as part of a larger recipe. To me, the fat, or rind, just seems to turn into a rubber band on the edge of the meat.

Sad to say, I also meant to write “I was quite fussy” too, as I haven’t eaten it for years.

That came about when I started buying my own food, and saw the price.

Packets of bacon I used to buy for a bit of a nice fry up seemed to rocket up in price, and I felt like an idiot buying the stuff – I haven’t even looked for years, but when I gave up, I reckon a given weight of bacon was anything from two to five times the price of a similar weight of ham, which I could enjoy chopped and thrown into an omelette, or just fried alongside some eggs.

Sorry, bacon, but I’m not going to be a made a mug of just to buy you.



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