Scribbles for the weekend #6
Today our coffee is by bike, the sun is shining, one of the nicer days of the week. It’s a T-shirt kind of day. The last of the years sun, the warm September days that should be bottled in order to carry them through into winter. There are people swimming in the sea, the usual noises of children playing on the periphery. The tide is in and the sound of the waves crashing over the sand is a tonic for the soul.
Portobello beach front meets a number of demands, a clash of cultural differences. Kim Wilde the ‘Kids in a America‘ blasts out the small arcade which feels like a small part of the 80’s wrapped in a bubble, outside an upmarket coffee van tapping into the coffee culture. Further down the promenade next to the boat huts is the beach house café serving great food, great cakes and where we pick up our scone to go with our flasks.
From here we cycle along the promenade towards the old port area of Leith and the north Edinburgh cycle route which is just a brilliant network of disused repurposed railway routes. Our ultimate destination is iconic Forth Railway bridge taking in the village of Cramond along the coast and through the country grounds of Dalmeny House. A 30 mile or so round trip which my wife called out as one of her best ever days cycling.
We make it back in time to catch the last of the days sun in the garden, a small beer and a gin and tonic. So if you prefer that to your coffee, your welcome to an aperitif.
Dinner this evening…. Sea Bass, picked up from the high street in Portobello (a wonderful little fish shop) served with samphire, warm mixed grains and z’atarr roasted squash.
The apples are starting to fall from the tree in the garden, a clear sign they are ready for the taking and with my son having a pal staying over a perfect opportunity for a crumble without feeling too guilty or eating too much as there is an extra teenager needing the fuel! Apple and Rhubarb. An excuse to use the spoils in the garden.
The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.