Thursday, 29 December 2011

Sunshine Nonsense

Preserve us from Thy Wrath, O Ye Mighty, we prayed to the Celtic Gods of Thunder and Rain, as we booked our train tickets for Edinburgh. ’Tis fated that in December the Northerly and Tempestuous Land of Alba shalt be Cold and Blustery, but spare us from the Rain, for verily doth it Interfere with Sightseeing.

And the rain gods must have heard us, for indeed we had very little rain in our three days in Edinburgh.

But our quota of fair weather ran out on the bus trip to Loch Ness. Scarcely had we crossed Dunblane, when the clouds blotted out the sun and the rain came down in sheets. “Aye, that’s more like proper Scottish weather, that is,” cried our bus driver. “None o’yer silly sunshine nonsense.” And he pressed down on the accelerator and swerved to avoid a minivan.

Initially the rain seemed like a bit of a dampener. But I came round to the view that the Highlands are at their most awe-inspiring

under brooding skies

in falling rain

when the trees are bare

and the waters of the loch are storm-tossed and steely black.


fleur-de-lis said...


Shrabasti Banerjee said...

“None o’yer silly sunshine nonsense” is the most delightful thing I've heard in a long long time. :D Lovely photos!

Srin said...

What better weather than rainy, cold and grey? Love the Loch Ness photo, do you have a high res version that you could maybe upload? The forest photo is sinister.

(WV: scrien - sounds Feegle-ish)

Sroyon said...

@Srin: Emailed.

Indecision Personified said...

And this is how Loch Ness looks with the 'silly sunshine nonsense'. :)