Saturday, August 30, 2014

the wrong way round

the plan was to find somewhere to park the car in East Linton / and then to walk along the riverside path to Hailes Castle / where we would eat our (packed) lunches, have a look round / and then return // but we drove through East Linton / then found ourselves on the road to Hailes Castle / where we parked (the car) / and set off towards East Linton ...

the positive outcome of this inversion was that we had ice creams in East Linton / and still managed to have a look round the castle when we returned to where we had parked (the car) / there were swans in the river, by the castle:

Saturday, August 23, 2014


no words / just (yet) another picture:

Saturday, July 26, 2014


especially when the dog has been chewing a branch, and gets a piece stuck between her teeth - I'm recovering now (hopefully), from a bout of upset tummy - probably viral ...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

will this ever end

another week of crisis management (or mismanagement) at work / and having to force myself, over the weekend, not to think about the stuff (pretty serious) which is unresolved / it's been five years, now (more or less) / I do question, sometimes, whether this life is worth living ...

Saturday, July 05, 2014

team Fudge

looking thoughtful ...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

the road ahead

the Herring Road, from Dunbar to Lauder ...

Saturday, June 21, 2014


I've been reading the (Old Testament) story of Gideon (with the help of notes provided by the Bible Reading Fellowship). It's been a strange experience, because parts of the story are familiar (to anyone who has been to Sunday School, I guess). The business of Gideon setting off with an army, and then being told by God that he has too many soldiers, is quite fun, in a way. You can imagine Gideon's dismay, when he ends up with just 300 men (those who want to fight, and who use their hands when drinking water).

Of course, it's exciting, when they surprise the Midianites, with trumpets and torches. And you sort of get the point - that God (presumably) is making. The victory is his, not theirs.

But there are complexities. Gideon has an argument with the Ephraimites. Then, when the men of Sukkoth are too scared of the Midianites to feed him and his troops, he returns, and takes vengeance (according to the notes - we were spared the actual reading, at this point). And then Gideon makes a golden ephod - of which the writer of Judges clearly disapproves.

The Sunday School stories depict Gideon as a hero (an unlikely, hesitant hero, admittedly). But overall, the bible story has elements of tragedy. Gideon has his day of glory, and seems to try quite hard subsequently, but doesn't quite get it right, sadly. Should we make more of an effort, when teaching the children, to describe the whole person, warts and all?

Perhaps those of us who stumble through life, and get things wrong more often than we get them right, would be reassured. Gideon does get a mention in the famous chapter of Hebrews which lists people of faith, whom we should admire ...