Friday, 9 September 2016

Friday 9.9.2016

Two-part day and a salutary reminder to boot:

1. Blustery and cool, low slate-grey clouds racing across the sky, rain imminent.
Activity: three hours or so spent assisting The Shepherd as he wrestled (i.e. sheared) the sheep. "Assisting" involves standing in one spot (avoiding flying mud, wool and expletives) occasionally handing over essential equipment.
Result: stiff muscles and joints, getting colder, feeling older, hallucinating about hunching over a warm fire with several cups of hot tea.

2. Later, still blustery and cool, clouds lower and darker, rain closer.
Activity: walking-quite-fast for an hour round the woods with the dogs.
Result: muscles and joints loosened up, warmer, rejuvenated, no need for tea (though as the rain finally arrived it was nice to come in to a fire and a wee dram).

And the moral of this tale.....KEEP MOVING whenever possible or face becoming fossilized or, as the dictionary has it, "rigidly antiquated."

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Wednesday 7.9.2016 - later

Autumn sights.......

....summer temperatures, even at 7 o`clock this evening. The woods eerily still, the air motionless, the bird song ringing out across the evening hush, the swallows clearly confused about where they should be.

Wednesday 7.9.2016

A succession of beautiful early September days making walking the woods a delight: the light

....the scents and sounds, the warmth! So warm we`re now apparently growing cotton in Scotland........

Joyous shenanigans at Shambala over the bank holiday pictures don`t do as much justice to it as these:

but a particular shout out as always to &

Those almond croissants!!

Since then it`s been back to work before the next adventure: much driving up and down the country next week and then 2 weeks abroad ......trains and boats and buses and more trains and lots and lots of walking. :)

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sunday 21.8.2016

A misty moisty morning gave a warm afternoon and a perfect summer evening....and it was all about the light.

Autumn was knocked back into its box for a little while longer.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Friday 19.08.2016

Three walks on three successive days but at least two seasons. Yesterday and Wednesday full on summer:clear sky, light and shade, hot and panting dogs despite the good strong drying wind.

Today the wind was still blowing, rippling the barley, but it was grey and colder and there were definite suggestions of a change......


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sunday 14.8.2016

Perfect summer`s evening segued into even better summer night. Golden barley, golden moon: in fact a harvest moon and swallows gathering on the telephone wires all day can only mean one thing. Just rehearsing for now hopefully.

On my way to bed when realised tennis was on but it`s too nailbiting........yup, two second set points saved...can`t stand the excitement...goodnight....

Friday, 12 August 2016

Friday 12.08.2016

Just been out to have a last look at the world and it`s one of those nights...a golden demi-moon hanging in the southern sky lighting up the herringbone clouds spreading overhead and.....stars!...always a slightly startling sight as there are so few visible during the long summer nights so it`s one of the first signs of the shortening days. Still, peaceful and quite magical out there - a night for hearing the singing of the spheres. :)