Tuesday started with sunny skies and a knock on our door from tradesmen ready to address our flat’s and the building’s snagging list. So we cleared out and made for Holyrood Park and the Salisbury Crags.
(Our building is Very New, as in, it was built last year. A snagging list here = punch list in the States.)
A timely visit last Friday to the Royal Botanic Garden and its Scottish Heath Garden revealed to us that this severe and yet delicate plant is gorse.
And that further explains why, during last Thursday’s walk along the River Tyne, E was wondering, “WHY do I smell sun tan lotion out here?” It’s the gorse, of course! It smells exactly like coconut oil. The smell — and the sunny sky — evoked a day at the beach, only we were well above sea level.
What a nice way to spend part of Earth Day Eve, John Muir’s birthday, and the Queen’s birthday, too.