Have you heard of The Four Temperaments? I hadn’t, till a tree in Dreghorn Woods put me onto them. Apparently they’re the oldest understanding of personality categorising, split into four types, that we humans wrote down and kinda understood. Throughout history we seem to have dealt less with nuance than we’re open to now. I took the test at Psychologia and found out I’m primarly Phlegmatic. At last, an explanation for why I’m never far from a pack of pocket sized tissues and pretty much always poking around in other folk’s stories.
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In Scotland, another place is never far away if you need a change from where you are. When we first moved from Deeside and started exploring Edinburgh and surrounds my kids nicknamed East Lothian ‘California’.
East Lothian was how they imagined life on the western US coastline to be – sunshine, beaches, big skies, ice creams and ocean.
I like being close to farmland and watching the seasons dictate different things to people.
So on away days when we need to mix sand and soil with the city, we go to Scottish California.
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I’ve been thinking a lot about framing, about context and how things can simultaneously be different things to different people, depending on how experiences are framed.
Sometimes Edinburgh feels like The Truman Show. Boat times on Eigg were like that too. Ritual and repetition are framed scenes in touristy places, I guess.
A good view nearly always has an amazing, sometimes understated frame. Layers, texture, colour and cross sections sing to me when I’m trying to understand places.
I think it’s the same process for choosing cake – senses lead, recognition follows.
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