The Winter Solstice, the point at which we are tilted furthest away from the Sun in Earth's Northern hemisphere, is at 11.12am on 21 December in 2012.
The Summer Solstice is the point at which the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. It falls at 12.08am on Thursday 21 June bringing the longest day of the year. It will bring Edinburgh a total of 17 hours and 37 mins of daylight.
Online woodland database VisitWoods is holding a Photography Competition. VisitWoods (which I've posted about before) is a publicly funded web project designed to encourage greater awareness about British woods. The competition is a way of encouraging people to find out more about their native woodlands and to get out and share photos of their explorations.
Edinburgh marks UK-wide Bike Week with a small number of cycling events such as commuter challenges, communal rides, and various other events aimed at encouraging people to get on their bikes.
International Guerilla Gardener Kate Gilliam joins the Edible Gardening Project team at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, providing fresh insight into growing and foraging for food. The event, takes place at the Demonstration Garden (enter via the Botanics North Gate on Inverleith Place).
Over 160,000 visitors are expected to attend the four-day annual trade show for those involved in the farming, food, and countryside sectors. Huge numbers of different classes of pigs, cows, horses, and other livestock are on parade as well as farm machinery and locally grown produce. There's also a broad range of events for the lay person, with culinary demos in the Food Hall being one of the big draws.
The Royal Highland Show and its organisers the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland are well accustomed to handing out awards to prize winning livestock, food and drink products and innovative farm equipment.
Engineering buffs, students, and those curious about how we tap energy from our rivers, will welcome a forthcoming joint project between Scotland and Norway to document the development of the hydro-industry.
A tip-off by an alert resident on the isle of Rum National Nature Reserve (NNR) helped catch egg thief Matthew Gonshaw.