Today I set out for a Saturday morning stroll while "the other three" attend swimming lessons and visit Grandad.
There was quite a hard frost last night and the roads are a little icy for me to risk cycling (6 ft height + large cake habit = a big lass & a potentially sore fall!)
I take the opportunity to walk where I wouldn't normally cycle, it involves a short stretch along a very busy road, there is a pavement but it's altogether rather narrow and even walking this section isn't particularly pleasant as the cars zoom past just a little too close for comfort.
Today it also means descending from sunshine into gloom as there is a little bit of a temperature inversion happening.
I'm not on the main road for long and after a short section along a lane I join the cycle path.
Despite being surrounded by a soft mist the sky above is remarkably blue.
I stop frequently to admire the frosty plant life...
I'm rather taken with the brightness of this ivy/creeper. It's entwining its way over one of the stones on a bridge high above a river beside which is a handy path for descending on a troll hunt...
...no trolls under the bridge today, just a lovely (though drippy!) view from under one of the arches.
Shortly after the bridge I leave the cycle path and head back onto to unclassified roads...
...one of which passes by a cattery, here's a detail from their rather attractive sign.
As I climb further uphill more views appear. The far away mountain on the left is Ben Lomond.
I'm now as high as I'm going to go on this walk. From here you can see how the mist lies on the low ground along where I've just been.
Not far to home now. This fellow is in the field next to the village.
I've just enough time to upload the photos and write this brief trip report before the others arrive back home. Here ends the peace & quiet! Enjoy your weekend.