Almost a month since I was on my blog – must admit to feeling detuned when our deer disappeared with suspected lead poisoning just before Christmas. Couldn’t help but feel that by posting pictures of them around the house and garden I had hastened their end – a shame really because they were so tame and trusting. Hansel and Gretel may have gone but I notice our new hedge plants are getting shorter by the day so we have still got some nocturnal visitors with a taste for holly and associated greenery..
No worries – just got to accept it’s the way things are and get on with it – let’s hope cats aren’t considered ‘fair game’ by the shooters for that’s the latest addition to our family at Bardrishaig.
Seamus our ginger tabby kitten at play on his scratching post —
and letting us enjoy a quiet spell — which doesn’t happen very often when he is around —
Coming up for twelve weeks old now – he is certainly growing and his favourite perch is on my keyboard which brings an added dimension to blogging. At this moment he is laying upside down with his head on my keys – purring like a good ‘un.
But I’ve still found the time and energy since Christmas to get out there and climb the odd wee hill —
and last week I did the four hundred mile round trip to haul the Honda Pan European and Yamaha Tenere north to the Isle of Luing.
I even managed a few hours off the island on the Ten today with a trip into Oban where I ordered a replacement rear Anakee 3 and watched two otters in the bay not fifty metres from the main bus station and shopping street. After watching the wildlife at play and visiting the nearby Costa for the requisite dose of caffeine the Ten and I trundled down the main road in the direction of the Green Welly as far as the hamlet of Taynuilt. There we took a ninety right by the pub and followed a muddy – winding – undulating single track through the hills to emerge on the main Oban – Lochgilphead road at Kilmore.
Back on duty – the Ten in customary pose a few miles up the road —
and another shot before I lose the fight with Seamus for the keyboard altogether —
It felt real good to be back in the saddle –
The first of many rides from our new home – Seamus permitting – to the hills and islands in this lovely part of the world 🙂