Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday 14.4.2017

No dramas out there today, just a spring day quietly going about its business, something of a relief after the freezing wild winds of the last few days.
Bird song and coconut scented gorse,








curtains of new larch







and luminescent fresh grass.


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Saturday 8.4.2017

Only one thing for it on a day like this - a quick scoot to the top of Oxen Craig after work this afternoon. Already starting to get a bit hazy on the horizon as we cleared the tree line




but the view from the top was still worth it.









It`s not often conditions are so perfect, the warm sun, a welcome cooling breeze: really didn`t want to come down although the walk back through the woods was also a delight.


And the cricket season is up and running. If I knew what the emoji for contented sigh was I`d use it. :)



Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday 7.4.2017

A lot of walking round one way and another this week: every day a little warmer than the last though the wind kept reminding us it`s still relatively early in the year. Changeable would some it up best, definitely stirs something...as Chaucer knew....

"WHAN that Aprille with his shoures soote
The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne,
And smale fowles maken melodye,
That slepen al the night with open ye,
(So priketh hem nature in hir corages:
Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages
"

Unfortunately no "pilgrimages" planned just yet but this afternoon`s walk was a good leg stretch. Felt like a leisurely Friday afternoon, the warm sun encouraging strolling rather than the usual brisk yomping, so stroll we did but took an extra loop round so we were out for a bit longer. Always good to get a few alternative viewpoints.....

Friday, 31 March 2017

Friday 31.03.2017

All about the wind by the time we got out this afternoon, wild but mild enough, unless presaging a short sharp shower when the temperature temporarily plummeted. It pushed at us as we tried to get up the hill (though by the same token we were wind-assisted on the way back down), set the tops of the trees thrashing about and gave the crows a chance to show off their swooping and diving skills.

As the morning clouds were blown away they revealed a palette of randomly daubed blobs of blues and greys, whites and browns over head and on the horizons wind turbines spinning furiously. Their presence may be controversial but this afternoon they only added to an impression of spring cleaning on a grand scale.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Wednesday 29.3.2017

Nearly didn`t go out at all as we were shrouded in a grey cocoon of cloud all day but this is where dogs add that extra bit of motivation so set off we did, late afternoon as a cold breeze sprang up, shifting the cloud a little and setting the gates a-wailing.

A bit of a shock after the three or four days of stunning spring weather which we took advantage of on Friday to climb a hill - Ben Vrackie,
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/perthshire/ben-vrackie.shtml,the obvious one to walk up as we were down to Pitlochry anyway for a gig that evening.

Forest walks and bridges,


Pitlochry, looking back,








the target summit ahead,





and one amazing view after another.

More bridges back down in Pitlochry......







....not to mention the best fish and chips ever.


The gig was pretty good too. :) http://moishesbagel.com/




Back to today, the wind getting stronger as we turned for home, somehow blowing the cloud back so visibility by the time we got home was virtually nil. Fire stays on for a bit longer.





Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wednesday 22.03.2017

Grey,sleety and a keen wind as we set off up the hill this afternoon, patches of blue and a late burst of warm sunshine on our backs as we came back down.

Recently hoof prints have been appearing on some of the tracks in the woods. Probably someone riding a horse but frankly I prefer to believe it`s a unicorn considering what else turned up a few days ago:







Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sunday 19.3.2017

Starships hanging about on Friday








but they ignored us and we rattled round, a beautiful spring afternoon as it was today, sunshine and showers, dramatic skies,








birds in full throttle and early signs of new growth everywhere.










So the Equilux is past, the Equinox is approaching and whichever way you look at it there`s never enough hours in the day, dark or light.