This sunset was so gorgeous I had to stop on the way home last night, dig my camera out of the depths of my bag, and snap a few shots. I loved how in the midst of a cloudy, gray sky there was this incredibly vibrant show of sunlight. In fact it illustrates one of the things that I’ve come to recognize here in Scotland. While a dramatic sunset over a cloudless horizon has its own beauty, the most breathtaking sunsets require clouds: the interplay of light and dark, the way the edges of clouds become gilded, the rays breaking through.
I love Scottish sunsets. And I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Saturday and Sunday are “Doors Open” days. This means that buildings normally closed to the public will be opening their doors. Other places that are open to the public but charge admission will be free. I am excited to climb the Nelson Monument on Carlton Hill, peek into St. Bernard’s Well, tour Drumsheugh Bath’s Club, visit Lauriston Castle, and get to know my city a little better. I’m sure we’ll be dodging rain showers and crowds, but it should be a fun day. If we were back in St. Louis, I’m pretty sure we’d be visiting an apple farm and going pumpkin picking – really getting into the fall spirit. If anyone is doing that, will you enjoy a caramel apple for me? What do you have planned for your weekend?