No Saturday morning bike this weekend (hubby was marshalling at a cycling race so I did Saturday swimming lesson duty). Instead, as it's a bank holiday, I get to take Monday for my ride. Weather-wise it's certainly worked out to be a good deal...
I set off at about 8am accompanied by beautiful blue skies.
There was quite a hard frost overnight. Even though the sun has been up for a couple of hours there are a few pockets of frost still to be seen.
I follow my usual route out of the village...
...turning right at the cross roads just after the big stone...
...and past farms with sheep dotting the fields like balls of cotton wool.
I'm heading up to Muirshiel Country Park.
I've a rendevous at 11am.
I'm a little early so I've time to wander about listening to the cuckoo and taking photos of butterflies (I'll need to look up what this one is, it's a new one for me)...
... and ferns unrolling.
And then I get to see these two characters! Hubby, A & N have driven up in the car so we can all enjoy a beautiful day in the lovely countryside together.
Much guddling in the river is followed by a picnic lunch (with hubby's best choc chip muffins!), a little walk through the woods, a pond inspection, and ice cream from the cafe. They then set off home in the car and I follow on the bike.
I go home a slightly longer route so I can get a little view of the hills.
One last look.
It was a beautiful day. This is a very small selection of the photos I took. It's just so good to see the countryside finally looking green again. I love May!