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ALONG THE DUNES

5th April 2022

I’ve shared about this walk in two out of the last three posts here, which tells you something: we love this walk. This stretch of coastline between Yellowcraig and Gullane has become our favourite walk so far this year – after John Muir Country Park that is, as my second home will always hold a very special place for us.

But we keep coming back to this walk for its views, its variety – beaches, dunes, winding paths, rocky shores – and its quietness.

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GOLDEN

8th March 2022

Where to begin when writing a blog post about peaceful scenes and the beauty of nature when faced with the trauma in our world at the moment. The brutality and horrifying inhumanity of the war in Ukraine. Watching hundreds of thousands of (primarily) women and children leave the security of the lives they’ve known; their homes, their jobs, their families; their husbands, partners, fathers, brothers, sons; leaving behind their identities, for a displaced life as refugees. As I’m writing this, there are two million people, refugees, who have left Ukraine. It’s unthinkable.

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FIDRA

22nd February 2022

Last year, before our first walk along this stretch of East Lothian’s coast, if you’d asked whether we knew Yellowcraig well, I’d have said yes, absolutely. We’ve walked at Yellowcraig for years and this is one of our favourite beaches. And not just the beach but through the woods, across the grassland, and along the dunes. This is a very familiar place to us.

Yet somehow, over the years, we’ve missed this walk, heading west from Yellowcraig in the direction of Gullane. It’s amazing how simply taking a different direction one day – in this case, heading left when you reach the beach rather than right – can lead to a completely new perspective of a familiar setting, with new views to Fidra, and the discovery of a stretch of coastline that has now become one of our favourite walks.

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A NEW YEAR

4th January 2022

The last time I shared a blog post here, I started by writing: How did we get to September? At that point, I hadn’t shared a post since July and couldn’t believe how the time had just passed. And yet here I am, writing this post at the beginning of January, a whole four months later. I’m not really one for New Year resolutions. I think it’s good to have some ideas and hopes for the year ahead, but resolutions feel too inflexible for these evolving times. I clearly recall starting 2020 with resolutions (didn’t we all?). So, no resolutions, but perhaps an intention or two would be okay, starting with making/finding the time to sit down and write here. Just to sit and write.

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LOW TIDE AT GULLANE

9th September 2021

How did we get to September? Looking back, I realise my previous post was from the end of July, and I certainly didn’t expect to skip the whole of August. The whole of August. And it was a good month (heat and humidity aside) as we had a week’s holiday with day trips to Northumberland and Fife, so yes, I have a bit of catching up to do here.

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GLOW

29th July 2021

After finishing this week’s work, I’d settled down this afternoon to edit some photos from the weekend to share here, but then as I was scrolling back looking for something I came across this set of photos from a walk at Yellowcraig in April. I thought I’d shared them here already – I had posted this walk on Steller – but no, I think I was probably still in that in-between stage where I wasn’t sure about sharing walks here. I was in the ‘to blog or not to blog’ phase. So, I thought I’d rewind to these cooler days of early April when these beach walks were still chilly, and when we were starting to enjoy evening light again.

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