Thursday, 5 April 2018

Nothing Interesting

It was nice to wake up to sunshine this morning after having spent a rather cold and wet Easter at Beverley, but apart from the weather it was nice to spend time with Cliff and Margaret, who are excellent hosts. My travelling companion was Cliffs’ brother Kenny who kindly did the driving. We were rerouted due to an accident on the A66 which took us through the north Yorkshire Dales which would have been very pleasant any other time but when you want to get from A to B quick as possible it was a bit of a bind. We arrived but unfortunately the weather made photography rather difficult.....

......but I did like this one of Beverley Market Place

It was my turn to fill the feeders at the moorland station this morning and Tootlepedal kindly accompanied me and after filling the feeders  we spent some time in the hide hoping for something interesting to come along, but as busy as it was nothing interesting came along. 

It was nice to see some frog spawn appear in the little pond that was created adjacent to the hide.

After lunch I took a run out locally to see if I could make use of the good weather and get some local landscape shots on the Sorbie road which connects the Ewes valley with Westerkirk.

These are the results

Monday, 19 March 2018

Another Pleasant Stroll

I got a phone call just after lunch from Tootlepedal saying he had abandoned all thoughts of going  for a cycle ride and was I interested in going for a stroll along to see how the tree felling was progressing along the Becks Burn. 
 I stopped to admire the view of Whita Hill

Someone flying the flag for Scotland, possibly after our best finish in the six nations possibly since the start of the competition.

It'll be interesting to see what pops up in a years time, or maybe sooner

Maybe get some raptor shots in the future.

I like the way this blends in to the background. we made our way down to the Auld Stane Brig then up to the track on Warbla then home by Stubholm and through the park stopping to take shots on the way.

For a more detailed account of our walk click here

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Pleasant Sunday Walk.

After a lazy morning lounging about, and catching up with TV shows I somehow managed to get in the shower and freshen myself up.That done and some lunch I decided to attempt a walk up Meikleholm Hill and get some much needed exercise. The day was dull but reasonably mild which made walking a pleasure.

It was quite a pull up to the gate and on to the water reservoir but fortunately it's not to far and my planned route after that was all down hill.

It was nice to see and hear lots of small birds flitting about in the bushes.

 "A Wee Bit Toon"

 The water reservoir. 

One of many patches of snow still on the hillside despite it being quite mild.

 I find the contrasting bark on the birch very attractive.

A rather dull view towards Potholm.

The quarry at Peden's View is eating away at the hillside.

Along the way I noticed the what I thought was vegetation being eating by hungry deer but I quickly realized it must have been done by one of the modern hedge trimmers that can be attached to tractors as it continued the whole route on both sides.

Catkins a sure sign of spring, I'm sure we called them lambs tails when we were children.

The road winds on down to......

.........the main road to  Westerkirk and  Eskdalemuir

Asit was starting to rain I didn't dally too much but managed to get some shots along the way.

I've put this shot on to illustrate the litter I encountered along the way, I can reluctantly understand litter on the roadside as some people absentmindedly throw rubbish out of there vehicle as they travel rather than deposit when they get home, but what I couldn't understand was the litter along the track on the hillside especially the television that had been thrown into the wood  quite a distance up the track..

I managed to stop and take the odd shot of some lichen on the way home, maybe some of my more learned readers can enlighten to what they are

A nice touch of Spring as came back into town

Langholm as I saw it today.

All in all it was a good walk, although it took a bit of self motivation to get off my backside and get out, which I must do more, but it was well worth the effort, hopefully we'll get better weather and brighter photos.

Not the most exciting of posts but a very pleasant walk nevertheless.