Monday, June 4, 2012

An Arctic Adventure

Morning folks...what a weekend that turned out to be...after living in the far north of this little island for six decades you would think that I would have sussed out the vagaries of the British weather by now...I left home...blue skies and sunshine...bright and early on Saturday morning dressed in a short sleeved top and thin cardie with no back up plan clothing and little did we know as we crossed the Forth Road Bridge that we were heading for an Arctic Adventure...


A tad chilly doesn't even come close to describing the Edinburgh temperatures...it was BALTIC with a capital B...blowing an Arctic hooley...crikey even the goosepimples had goosepimples and the first coffee stop...a teeth chattering huddle in a draughty catering tent...did absolutely nothing to up the body temperature...there was only one thing for it...head to the nearest outdoor clothing stand to buy a jacket...I wasn't alone either...they were doing a roaring "I can't believe how cold it is" trade.  Turning blue by the minute and fearing the onset of hypothermia...we headed indoors...
 to admire all the gorgeous blooms...


 and the fabulous veggie displays...
 but my favourite was definitely the Bonsai exhibits...
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 my "finally cosy" fellow intrepid Arctic adventurers....
 posing in the Diamond Jubilee Union Jack Garden...
and at this point the camera battery died so no more "bore you to tears" Garden Scotland pics and hey it could have been worse...at least we didn't have to contend with snow or torrential rain. 
But I'm now back in the toasty warm cubbyhole...isn't "on-tap" central heating wonderful...yes can you believe it's really June...time to have some fun with Timmie's June Tag for "12 Tags for 2012" and a card for the new Card Challenge over at The Ribbon GirlsI'll see you all tomorrow and The Furry Boy will be popping in too...to announce his "Jubilee Tea Party" winner
Hugs Kath xxx

17 comments:

  1. ...our weather is a law unto itself & always full of surprises!...great pic's & still a little warmth left to smile...there's nothing quite like home eh...Mel :)

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  2. Sorry it turned out so cold for you Kath, unusual for down the road to be colder than up here. Your photos are lovely,the colours are stunning. The bonsais are facinating, I always fancied trying to grow one but thought I wouldn't manage to keep it tiny. Lots of patience needed there. It's nice to get away, but even better to get back home again.

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  3. I think the weather was cold everywhere yesterday Kath. I felt so sorry for the Queen - she looked frozen! She chose not to sit on her velvety seat but to stand behind it to shelter from the wind. Good to see the weather didn't put you and your pals off from having a good time.

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  4. Looks like you had a fab time once the goosepimples were taken care of! x

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  5. Great photos Kath, shame about the weather. We sat huddled watching the flotilla on the Thames and eventually gave in and put the heating back on! Great British weather....nice that you had a good time though - and have a new coat too.......Ax

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  6. The Great British weather has a mind of it's own.. you never know what to wear on a outing!!The pics look as though you all had a good time and those flowers and veg.. look AmAzing! Hugs May x x x

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  7. poor Kath, I hate the cold,I live in the NW of England,we had so much rain,some came in my extension.
    The flower pics where gorgeous, I love gardening,do it for a living now,thanks for sharing.
    keep warm and happy crafting. janex

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  8. Hi Kath, such a shame about the weather but looks like you had a good time. Your phtos are fabulous.
    All the best
    Sue

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  9. Hi kath was in Scotland too and we went over the Forth bridge too and was tad chilly but was well prepared for it, bit unfair when start in brill sunshine! Thanks for the pickies are really awesome thanks for sharing! Shaz in Oz.x

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  10. Pity about the weather Kath but at least you managed to buy a jacket. Pics are gorgeous, flower displays look amazing.

    Kat xx

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  11. Shame about the weather for you, but your photos look good, some fabulous flowers.Glad you had a good day with your friends.
    Lorraine x

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  12. Arctic conditions down south too. Looks like you had a wonderful time once you found the outdoor clothing & the photos are super.
    Worked my socks of selling books yesterday to campers huddling in their caravans/tents or the local coffee shops........ Astonishing!
    A touch of blue visible this morning & I'm on duty again.........
    Paula (PEP)

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  13. Sorry to hear your were frozen to the bone but by the look of the beautiful photos, well worth it. Thanks for sharing. Hugs x

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  14. Brrr, sounds bloomin cokd but wow, what fab pics, looks well worth the visit.

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  15. I agree, Kath, it was baltic here on saurtday. We went to Perth for the day swimming and it wasn't much warmer there until about half 2 when it brightened up slightly. Glad you enjoyed the show though x

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  16. Hope you are having a fab time - I remember my first visit to bonny Scotland back in 1986 - it was July and I packed shorts, t-shirts, sundresses etc and took a lightweight denim jacket. Day one was shopping for jumpers, jeans and a waterproof!!

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  17. Ahhhhhh those photos of the bridge make me homesick! I only live about 5 miles from the Forth Road bridge. Great photos of the show, pity about the weather though, the Scottish weather i do not miss! Take care, keep warm! Hugs, Jill (in sunny 42 degrees Dubai!) xx

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Thanks for taking the time to visit me in the cubbyhole...I love to hear from you.
hugs Kath xxx