Thursday 9 August 2012

August afternoon in Aberdeen...

So that shy stranger the Scottish sun (try woofing that one out loud, pups) finally appears, and for my afternoon walk in the park I am made to wear my lead, an unnecessary precaution I'm sure you'll agree.

I have so totally grown out of chasing after noisy little children with flappy arms and trying to eat their ice-creams.

Anyway, we walk over the bridge to the other, usually child-free side of the river and I gain my freedom.

Now I can hear what you're thinking. "Bertie, how come you are always moaning about the grey and gloomy weather, it looks just lovely, over 20ºC surely".

Er yes, it was. For a couple of hours. One learns to seize the moment.

'Cos you just know, that a cold wet blanket of haar, which the sharp eyed amongst you might have spotted hovering in the background on the river photo, is about to move onshore from the North Sea and pounce on my neighbourhood.
Bye bye sun.

Will ye no come back again?

PS Gail wants me to say a couple more things about the cloudberries which featured in my previous post. Firstly, that we did find more than one! At least half a dozen made it back home and into the dessert, only to be smothered in the whipped cream. And secondly, that in Europe cloudberries are little known outside Scandinavia. In the UK they are restricted to a very few upland localities, where their requirements for moisture (hence 'cloud' berries), acid soil and low temperatures are met.


  1. Bertie, I am glad you got at least a bit of sun to enjoy. I like the idea of a game of chasing little bipeds and stealing ice cream. Why does Gail not want you to do that. It sounds like fun. Thanks for the info on cloud berries, Mommy thinks it is really interesting and very cool.

    Loveys Sasha

  2. Hey there Bertie,
    Your weather looks fabulous!
    Here's a question: When it rains and the sun shines at the same time, we call it a 'Monkey's wedding' here in SA.
    This week we had SNOW and sunshine at the same time...what must we call this strange phenomenon?
    MAXMOM...and the Hooligan.
    ps. I think you and I would make great TV Olympic companions. I don't know what I am going to do next week when it is all over. Thoroughly enjoying the games. Have watched almost ever single discipline. :) (And, of course, our weather is conducive to simply sitting and watching the telly :)

  3. Beautiful--while it lasted. We had 20 C the other day, and it's winter.

    But as Billy Connolly says 'there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad wardrobes.'

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  4. Oh it sure does look sunny and lovely in those top photos, but that misty fog is quite gorgeous as well.

    urban hounds

  5. Bertie - You have our sympathy. Cloudberries are very well known in this household. Some folks seem to love them, others think they taste like soap. Not even whipped cream can surely obscure that taste ?

  6. Wishing you more sun Bertie. Have a great day.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Your park is just beautiful Bertie! So nice that you got to run free for a while. We're sorry that the sun went away, but fear not, it will be back another day.

    Lily Belle

  8. I feel for you Bertie...... we get lots of those nice clear sunny days here (in winter)...... in summer the sun makes the peeps' skin burn and bubble.

    I looked at those cloudberries, and my assessment is - let Gail eat the berries - I'll take care of that CREAM!!!!!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

  9. Seize the moment is the best way to live.

  10. Tell you what, Bertie, I'll make a deal. I'll lend you some of our Texas sun, and you lend me some of your Scottish rain. Win-win!

  11. What a wonderful day Bertie. Forget the kids, go for the I-Scream
    Benny & Lily

  12. I'll try sendin' ya some California sun to enjoy! You can keep your fog, we get enough of that here, too! I hope it makes it there!



  13. Thanks fur the Cloudberry info. VERY interesting.
    Love that BLUE BLUE Water. HooRay fur SUN.

  14. Bewtie
    So glad you could seize the houws and fwollick in the sun
    Wish I coold be twusted off lead like you (I'm vewy jelly of youw fweedom) coold I possibully move in wif you? I'l even put up wif the haaw wifout complaint
    smoochie kisses

  15. So, Bertie, you write and tell me you can send me fog, wind, rain and cool temperatures, as I wish for snow. But this blog tells the truth, you are having gorgeous summer weather (except for that dinky bit of fog.) You seem to, what,
    exaggerate things a bit?

    Cheers, Bertie, and enjoy that lovely weather. When the temps get up to 95 F, well, thats another story isn't it?

  16. Howdy Bertie, at least you got sun for a little while. We get fog here in our Hills too and its kinda amazing. Sometimes we can't even see across the other side of the paddock. We will take a photo next time to show you mate. Have a good weekend. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory P.S. What's wrong with chasing little kids to get their ice cream??? Sounds like fun to us.

  17. Bertie, time for you to get to work on one of those planetary weather control systems that are so popular in Star Trek, so you can have more sun and warmth in summer and we can have a LOT less! And your rain would be worth its weight in gold across much of the U.S. right now.

    Jed & Abby

  18. Beautiful river! Glad the sun came out for yaz :) Good to know you did find more than one berry. Enough to share! :D

    Waggin at ya,

  19. hey Bertie,

    What a great walk and great weather. Glad you got to enjoy it before the haar ruined everything.

    I don't think that I could ever tire of "chasing after noisy little children with flappy arms and trying to eat their ice-creams." Sounds like too much fun, plus the ice cream treat at the end! But then again, freedom from the lead is a good incentive. But then again, ice cream. What a dilemma!


    P.S. Fifth picture down, the lovely one of your beautiful side view, what is the monument off in the distance? Just curious!

  20. How could you ever get bored with chasing children with flappy arms to get their ice cream.
    Kids are the best food dispensers EVER!

    Wyatt and Stanzie