Saturday, 13 September 2014

Saturday Morning Bike Ride.
















I managed to get out for a short bike ride this morning - only about 10 miles but better than nothing. I saw some curious cows, runaway sheep and hungry horses as well as the familiar signs of early Autumn. We have been having a run of gorgeous, warm, dry weather. It was a little misty this morning but not at all soggy or cold - the photos are perhaps deceptive.

I am still incredibly busy but think I may manage to stick at the teaching and am even enjoying it at times. I find myself to be rather uptight and worried about things though, but experience should sort that out.

Also, there's a decision to be made for Thursday. On the 18th September Scotland goes to the polls to decide whether to take independence or stay within the UK. Discussion are becoming more animated, issues are being raised now that should have been sorted months ago. The scaremongering is, in my mind, completely unacceptable - this should all have been discussed in a reasoned and timely manner, too much is at stake. I confess to being undecided and seeing value in the arguments of both sides. A vote for YES is a step into the unknown, but a NO vote does not guarantee the status-quo. There is much in the way the UK is governed that I disagree with, but is independence the answer? Making the separation would not be easy, but does that justify staying? There are so many arguments and responses to consider. I'm sure many are fed up hearing about it already and I do not usually share my political opinions on my blog - I just feel I should mention it as it is a major issue here and it would seem strange not to. What shall we wake up to on Friday?

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Saturday Morning Bike Ride.

A lovely morning, perfect for a bike ride. I set off at about 8am...

After a long steep climb with many pauses for breath, I am rewarded with breathtaking views of the hills when I look back. Once up here, the roads are flat and it's a wonderful spot for cycling.

 Tree silhouettes.

 The tree avenue. This time, for a new take on the shot, I have my camera almost on the road.

Sneezewort I believe.

A closer look.

 Pretty countryside and skies.

 Looking over to the mountains, Ben Lomond is on the right.

Three sheep, sunbathing?

Cottage on the corner.

 Mountain view.

 Resting cows.

The road ahead.

 Field scabious.

 A wildflower I did not know, after consulting my book I think it is tormentil.

 Shadow shot.

 Knapweed.

 Cow and calf.

 Heather.

I like the nosy cow on the right.

Feathery grass.

 Bike shot.

 And again, from a different angle.

 Approaching a farm yard...

 ...gorgeous flowers add a splash of cheerful colour.

 Past a reservoir.

 And another one.

 Knapweed with hoverfly.

I've not seen a fly like this one before. I've had a look in one of my books and believe it to be of the type polietes lardarius. Apparently they're common in England but less so in Scotland.

 Umbellifer.

Downhills to come.

 Twisty wire #1.

 Twisty wire #2.

 Up and round the corner to where the view opens out. In the clump of trees ahead lies the farmhouse I am always trying to get a photo of. usually there are too many people about...

...but today all seems quiet, and here it is. Not close enough to show much detail though. 

Round the corner is the view I normally take of the buildings. 

 Twa craws.

And to finish, a view of the loch before I head home along the cycle path.




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