Shadows

When I was taking this photo, I was so fascinated by the sunlight breaking through the clouds that I didn’t notice our shadows filling the bottom of the frame. Oops.

So it isn’t the most elegant picture, but I still wanted to share it because of the other shadows in the picture — the shadows of a medieval life on these hills. Those two hills that look like camel humps contain the remains of Deganwy Castle, a castle that looked over Gwynedd long before Edward I built the nearby Conwy Castle.

We didn’t get too close to those castle remains on this walk. The valley in between is deceptively soggy, and muddy, and those clouds threatened to roll in with even more rain. But we enjoyed the view and made plans to walk up from the other side of the hill later on for a closer look.

When Lemonade is Not Lemonade

When is lemonade not lemonade? When you’re an American in the UK.

When I think of lemonade, I think of a drink made from lemon juice and water, sweetened with sugar. I make it at home all the time. Half a lemon squeezed into a glass, a couple teaspoons of simple syrup, and water to fill it up.

So imagine my surprise when I ordered lemonade at a restaurant and ended up with something like 7 Up. I came home afterwards and consulted Wikipedia:

In the United Kingdom and some other English-speaking countries, lemonade is a commercially-produced, lemon-flavored, carbonated, sweetened soft drink (similar to lemon-lime sodas in North America without the lime).

Lesson learned.