Last weekend saw the final episode of Homeland on the UK’s Channel 4. This was an intriguing series about a US soldier who is suspected of being ‘turned’ by Islamic fundamentalists, having been held in solitary confinement and tortured. He returns home a hero but we gradually see signs that he might be a threat to his own country. There’s a very good Guardian review of the last episode of this series. I don’t watch much on TV – OK I will watch football (aka soccer) when it’s available – but Homeland was well written, well acted and had an intriguing plot which kept you watching. If you get a chance to see this where you are – don’t miss it.
Today I was planting summer bulbs. It’s a bit late but it has been so cold this spring in Dunbar, that I’ve delayed the planting. Today it was oxalis which are pretty flowers but you have to contain them; sword lilies which produce stunning flowers; and freesia which have a lovely scent. One of the great things about this type of gardening is that it’s so simple. You clear a space with your trowel, plant the bulbs to the required depth and, a few weeks later, you have a great show of flowers which are admired by neighbours and visitors alike.
When I get the opportunity, I like to take photographs of chimney spoke. Very few people have coal fires now and visitors to Scotland e.g. from Australia, often wonder why many houses have chimneys, and some larger houses have an array of chimneys. In the case of the larger houses, e.g. those from the late 19th century, the reason for the chimneys was that each room had a coal fire and needed a chimney – no central heating then. The photo below shows smoke from a) the local cement works – I like this photo because of the contrast between the smoke and the darkening sky.