This post is in some ways a response to a recent post – Ciel Rosé, Climat Polaire – by a fellow blogger, Marie-Josée from Québec. Her post is accompanied by some lovely photos of winter scenes. Alas, my photos are not quite as atmospheric or evocative as Marie-Josée’s. This may in part be due to the differences in the weather between Québec and eastern Scotland. One of the many advantages/disadvantages of living in Scotland is that we get an awful lot of weather! It is a standard in-joke amongst Scots that we can experience all four seasons in one day. All too often in fact. However, this is because we do experience four distinct seasons over the year. The duration of each season may vary, but they are quite distinct. Probably a bit more winter than summer, but we can live with that. Winter it is just now and despite a couple of recent very cold and snowy winters, the tendency has been for winter to start later – well into December – and to be a bit milder and wetter than of yore. This winter for example we have, at least here in the east of Scotland, not suffered much in the way of snow or sub zero temperatures as have people in Wales and the south of England. Not to mention Québec, where the temperature seems to fluctuate between -30 and -40. Something I have never experienced, and am most unlikely to do so anywhere in Scotland. What we do get probably more of than Québec is wind. Usually very strong and often very cold. While we do get some lovely, bright and sunny days, most of winter is best summed up by that lovely Scots word – dreich – a mixture of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather. Like now for example as I write this. Not even a hint of sunshine. Anyway time for some photos. The first ones were taken on the rolling hills just ouside Ceres in North East Fife. Luckily it was a dry day, not much in the way of sun, but the ground had a light covering of snow, which is fairly typical of the countryside inland from the coast. Then a snap of the mouth of the harbour at Tayport showing a very high tide on the river Tay. This was a gey dreich day, windy to boot. I end with a photo of part of our front garden, just to prove that we do get snow and proper winter weather from time to time, even in bonny Dundee.