Thursday, 1 December 2016
You could tell it was December by the chill under the blankets, the struggles of the heating to work properly and the thick, dull mist lying over the town. Eight O' Clock saw me wander past the many heading into town, few walking but countless others in cars clearing the mist one hand by their movement and adding diesel and petrol fumes to it on the other. I had to giggle as I saw them moving quickly into work while knowing that later today a long line of similar people will be slowly trundling back out again, grumbling against the hardship of busy roads. "Catch a bus?" say I to nasty glares and the question "What bus?" "The bus that would run if you had not all bought cars you canny afford! Vote Tory, lose buses, increase car ownership, increase pollution and the need for car ownership as there are no buses.
Watching the Heart of Midlothian take the grubby Rangers apart last night I was not in the least surprised to notice the Glasgow press ignoring the famous victory and instead playing this down, emphasising a disallowed (rightly) goal and wallowing in tears that their team had been beat. A more objective journalist would say the Rangers club ought to have died when it had the chance, the directors are failures and the chairman bogus, the manager out of his depth, his expensive players flops and injured at that, the rest inexperienced and out of their depth and the whole club urgently requires a make over.
They will not say this directly of course.
However the Heart of Midlothian will carry on as that sort of reporting has gone on since 1890 and before, nothing changes under the Scottish football scene. This team looked quite good last night however I felt a four goal win was what we required, just winning by two goals to nil was not enough in the circumstances. Hopefully we can do the same again in a weeks time.
You can tell nothing else happened today.
I wandered up to the shops for pillowcases, pillowcases of all things, red ones and black ones, that will brighten the odourous west wing. Then I sauntered the other way to upset the smiling girl at the Post Office as I posted my last parcel (have you done yours yet...?) and wandered back home testing my knees with a new exercise, walking too much!
The walk back reveals the weather in these parts. Cloudy yesterday, misty this morning, now as I hobbled round the pretty way far from traffic the sun shone brightly in a blue sky! Tomorrow we appear to be back to gray clouds!
The sun shining through the trees is a wonder. It is just a pity there is nothing new or exciting for it to shine upon! Most of this little town has been photographed from all angles and there is little new to find sadly.
The sun shining on the disused and now some form of accommodation water towers I thought would be a good shot but it was not quite as I saw it.
High above the housing a plane from Stansted airport heads into the sky above us. At that time of night it may be too early for those heading for the sun therefore I wonder if it is the commuter plane for Edinburgh, Glasgow or Belfast. It may be heading to Frankfurt or Warsaw, or some distant unheard of airport where it is cheaper for the airline to land. Once only the rich could fly and now almost everyone has done so at least once.
I would fly to Edinburgh if I could avoid the delays at the airport. On occasion I have been there early and there has been a delay as a window has cracked on the flight we should take. The replacement was held up by fog this morning in Glasgow and was on its way to us but held up by air traffic control. Over three hours extra we waited - patiently - and eventually made it there.
On another occasion we were also very late in taking off and on arrival at Edinburgh the plane dropped t 700 feet and rose again as the landing indicators on the ground were off and we were again in fog! We landed from the other end as the passengers decided if we had to continue on to Aberdeen!
The flight is off no more than an hours duration so the waiting on the ground makes the journey seem long. The view is good mind, usually I find I fly in bright sunshine watching the land below for anything interesting. I love the view as everything is very different from the air. There again I am easily pleased.