Saturday, October 18, 2014
Walking in East Lothian
It was such a beautiful day today, as warm as summer. We walked in East Lothian, to the east of Edinburgh, with friends from church -
between ploughed fields,
through a wood where shadows striped the path,
which crunched beneath our feet,
through a farmyard - the pink stone and tiled roofs so typical of the East Lothian countryside -
beside fields newly sown with winter wheat
or full of leeks which are ready to harvest
and down to the sea
where the sand was yellow, the sea was blue, the breakers were energetic and the wind was persistent,
with the Bass Rock in the distance, glittering white and home to 150,000 gannets, lots of guillemots, razorbills, puffins, cormorants, eider duck and various types of seagull. The whiteness is... the result of all those birds.
And then we didn't go on to this headland but instead turned back inland
through the woods
and towards the cars, then to
a tea shop, where we replaced the calories that we'd burned off over the last six miles. A lovely day.