Monthly Archives: October 2021

The Talented One —

Helen may be on her way to Ireland but she did leave Seamus – Loki and mesel something to take care of —

A wee bit of herself —

OK – I may be biased – but I love it —

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Posted by on October 28, 2021 in out and about



Africa Burning —

It’s over fifty years since I first worked in Africa and to be honest – it feels like it was only yesterday —

Every time I left that continent all I wanted to do was go back there —

Having just watched a documentary on how some of the parts of Africa where I worked have run out or are running out of water – I know where I would rather be right now —

Even Comrie on a wet day is preferable —

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Posted by on October 26, 2021 in out and about



Ardrishaig – Crinan Canal —

It’s a dull day out there – even Loki isn’t impressed.

Here’s a few shots from a lovely day out down by Ardrishaig —

Down the Crinan Canal —

Into the final lock —

Ably supervised —

Almost there —

Southbound from the last lock on the Crinan Canal …

There she goes —

Gone —

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Posted by on October 26, 2021 in out and about


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Back on the Island With the CRF250 Rally —

Now then? Even I don’t know where this pic was taken —

On an away day to the mainland somewhere – Loch Lomond – Loch Awe – Loch Earn? Take your pick —

Got this one sussed – it’s on the eastern flank of the Isle of Luing – not far from where my son lives —

This time I’m down on the shore below his house – by the moorings – looking over to Torsa —

another one from the eastern flank —

This will be at the Trig Point – the highest point on the island – I rode up there on my birthday – either 75th or 77th – or perhaps both —
Looks like I’m on my way down —

I think I will stop here while I’m still shiny side up —

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Posted by on October 25, 2021 in out and about



Sunflower Savvy —

Had a rough night leading to a slow start to the day and a surf through the old photo albums —

I’ve been much worse — this pic was taken a few years ago when I was recovering from a bad bout of scepsis after an operation that went horribly wrong. As soon as I was able I took over the neglected front garden where I was recuperating and got so much back from it. My first ever attempt at growing sunflowers was a great success with blooms like dinner plates flowering at the eleven to twelve feet mark.To think I was never much of a gardener during my working days – I get so much pleasure from it now.

OK – if I am to prolong active life I’d better take myself into Perth for my covid vaccine booster jab – every little helps —

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Posted by on October 24, 2021 in out and about


Dancing Girl —

Can’t remember where – or when —

But this girl was born to dance xx

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Posted by on October 24, 2021 in out and about



In the Ochil Hills with the X-ADV750

I don’t mind using this particular pic again so soon cos it’s a good ‘un — parked in a farmer’s gateway while looking back over Dunning and Strathearn to the hills by my home —

It’s all so beautiful and made a welcome stop yesterday after feeling my way round a few blind corners on the winding upslope from Dunning while being blinded by the sun —

Then it was over the top and down the south side of the hill to park by the cairn for local skier Tom Black who had enjoyed the hills too in his day —

After ‘hopping’ over the style for a brief walk in the woods —

it was onwards to the Yett’s of Muckhart before a right turn to the north up Glendevon for Gleneagles – Muthil and home —

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Posted by on October 23, 2021 in out and about


Bunkered at Gleneagles —

Found a nice backdrop for the X-ADV —

while taking photos at Gleneagles King’s Course yesterday —

And just along the road a few yards was where I watched motorcycle scrambling in my mid-teens —

I decided it was too dangerous for me — the chances of being hurt and off work were too high. Little did I know what was to come in my future —

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Posted by on October 23, 2021 in out and about


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The Kindling Express —

We went off in the Yeti – a beast of burden if ever there was one – to grab a few big bags of kindling at source yesterday – we being Helen – myself and Loki —

We can get kindling on our doorstep – but only in small bags and when it’s all added up in the spring it has cost a fortune. Unless – we buy in bulk – with the added bonus of enjoying the scenic route to our supplier —

So we chose our day —

with sunshine and a fresh capping of snow on the hills around Glen Quaich —

plus the white church in Amulree —

Further up the road we have views over Aberfeldy and if your eyes are good enough they go all the way to Schiehalion —

and the mountains around Blair Athol —

I think the quality of the pics shows I had help in that department and here she is – Helen trudging back to the car after taking a c;lose-up of Schiehallion — I jest — Luckily we didn’t have to go all the way to the horizon for our kindling and we should have sufficient now to light our wee fire through till spring — Magic!

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Posted by on October 22, 2021 in out and about


Cat in the Bag —

A young Seamus – butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth —

Like children – they grow up far too quick —

There’s no messing with him now at 5 yrs of age —

All he thinks about is FOOD – turns his back and goes in the huff if he doesn’t get his way —

Here he is teaching his mate Loki to ‘hunt’ – it involves badgering Helen and I till we give in and put something in their bowls —

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Posted by on October 22, 2021 in out and about