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You Can’t Beat Heavy Metal —

My X-ADV750 was a lovely bike in it’s own right – yes I did say ‘was’.

I’m pleased I mastered the ‘Plastic Rocket’ – and enjoyed it’s idiocyncrasies to the full. But – during the soul-searching most of us do after a daft ride – I had to keep reminding myself I was an octogenarion and as such probably wouldn’t bounce as well as I did when I was younger.

The outcome being that I have traded the X-ADV for a Royal Enfield 350 Classic —

It’s the latest – ‘Made in India’ version and none the worse for that —

The new bike arrived by van mid-morning – a quick check over showed the tyres were a few p.s.i. above the recommended 32 front and 32/34 rear for solo riding and a loose bar mounted rear view mirror. Minor adjustments made – I was soon off to meet the missus over an out-of-town coffee —

Helen seemed suitably impressed with all those shiny bits and – pass gained – I was soon into proper bike gear and out on the open road —

First impressions are much better than on-line reviews had led me to believe they would be. Not only is she a similar black and gold colour scheme to my first road bike sixty three years ago – a 350cc Velocete – but the power is roughly the same.

Unlike the modern style of the X-ADV where handling shows a front-end bias and spirited riding wears the front tyres out in no time at all – the RE350 classic is very neutral and being a docile 350 cc’s – should be easy on its’ Seat rubber.

A brisk ride along my favourite Loch Earnside Twisties where I first crashed my long-suffering Velo as a tear-away seventeen year old – gave me hope that when running-in is complete – the wee Enfield will keep me in motorcycling for a few years to come. 😎

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2022 in out and about

 

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RIP Ma’m —

Our thoughts are with you —
 
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Posted by on September 19, 2022 in out and about

 

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The Shrimpers —

Been a busy day – I’ve carefully cleaned and hung my new ‘pic’ —

She is looking good —
better than good —

From around 1888 – fisher women netting shrimps – possibly on the mudflats left by the receding tides of the River Tay estuary.

As for copyrights – in the UK they last 70 years. I think this pic is over 100 years old so I should be OK on that score 👍

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2022 in out and about

 

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Helen’s Studio —

This is only one small part of it —

That gannet is truly spectalular and shows those daily crossings of the Cuan Sound on her way to and from work in Oban were not wasted 👍

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2022 in out and about

 

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The Shrimpers by Robert McGregor —

With H off to Ireland for her grandson’s birthday I came across a note in her studio asking me to frame her latest landscape painting which I have called ‘The Water’s Edge’ —

I had a mount that I thought I could make fit but no suitable frame —

Nothing daunted I took the easy way out and headed off to a major antique centre thirty five miles away – thinking I might find something suitable containing a non-descript painting or photo which I could pop out and replace with Helen’s offering.

Well – I did find something interesting tucked away in a corner gathering dust. The sizes were about right and I thought – ‘thistle doo’ and got it for a song —

It was only when I got home and inspected it properly that I thought – ‘wait a minute – this looks interesting’.

Signed by the artist – Robert McGregor it said on the sales label ‘The Shrimpers’ and Google soon provided a whole lot more info. A Scottish artist who lived 1847-1922 – Robert painted mainly fisher folk and farm workers going about their daily toil.

His paintings are well sought after nowadays with prices running into thousands of pounds when they come on the market. My purchase certainly looks old enough and tired enough to date from Victorian times – I wonder 🤔

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2022 in out and about

 

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Helen with the V-Strom 650 —

Looking across Loch Leven to Glencoe —

Those were the balmy or perhaps barmy —

high-kicking – pre-covid days – when we would nip off the island and up to Mallaig or wherever for an ice cream —

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2022 in out and about

 

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Thirty Years Ago —

Heading out on the Exup —

perhaps I should have stopped riding motorcycles then and taken up gardening —

but just think of all the ‘fun’ I would have missed 😎

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2022 in out and about

 

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Bramley Apples are Looking Good —

We have spent our third summer in Comrie and a need for something to do during the pandemic saw Helen and I dig in five different fruit trees.

Of the five – two have produced fruit this year and pride of place goes to the Bramley Apple —

The recent rain has played it’s part and the apples filled out nicely after a slow – dry start.

I can see ‘apple pie’ being on the dinner menu a few times this winter 🤠

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2022 in out and about

 

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Sunrise – over Loch Earn this Morning —

Thanks for the pic Helen —

Looks great .. 👍

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2022 in out and about

 

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Hidden Gems —

The viaduct carrying the disused railway over the River Fleet in the forest covered hills of Dumfries and Galloway —

and the bold Yamaha Tenere XT660Z was the perfect tool to take me round them 🤠

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2022 in out and about

 

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