Blue skies and sunshine - much better visibility than last week! Off at about 9am again. This week I have a quest...
First though, a little detour to see the tree at the corner in February. Love the strong shadows of the tree and hedge and the contrasting brown and green of the fields.
Now down from the bridge where I take the tree corner photos, and next to The Tree is this little clipped hawthorn tree.
On past the post.
This skyline catches my eye - in the foreground is the castellated rooftop of a country mansion, in the distance are the tower blocks of Glasgow.
Lovely rolling countryside.
Some big puddles around though.
I like how these wiggly tracks lead to the cluster of trees in the dip of the field.
Looking to the other side of the road I see this striking tree silhouette.
Cows at breakfast.
Further on, the road passes through more pretty countryside. It's not a part of Scotland famous for it's scenery but is still attractive in it's own way. I like the cottage at the brow of the hill, the road I'm on passes right by it.
The road to follow, a few miles further on. I've been caught in a hail storm and almost decide to cut short my ride, but the shower doesn't last long. Besides, I've been eating far too many cakes and biscuits recently so really need the excercise. This photo is taken from a bridge above the road.
Here is the view from below the bridge, looking back.
Another few miles on. I love the shapes of the bare branched trees (though I am looking forward very much to when the leaves start to appear on the trees, typically that's not till April so I've a couple of months left yet to appreciate the silhouettes). Also here I like the mossy round stones on top of the little wall at the base of the tree. And I like the blue sky! I park the bike here and go for a wander round the nearby ruins of a castle.
There's not a lot left to be seen of the castle but I do like to have a look round when I'm passing. It's easier to explore in the winter months as in the summer the ground is very overgrown with brambles and nettles. The castle lies atop a rocky outcrop between two rivers and this visit I discover how to get down to river level.
Further on again and the countrside really opens up rewarding me with expansive views.
A long abandoned cottage.
So blue and bright - magic!
However, behind me more storms are on their way.
You can see the stormy sky again behind these pregnant ewes. Which brings me to my quest...
I'd heard there were lambs to be seen round here. It's a particular breed which lambs early, "normal" lambs won't be appearing for a while yet.
Lovely to see them though. I take loads of photos then the hail storms catch me up and envelop me as I cycle the last few miles home.