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Monthly Archives: October 2021

St Fillans is Full of Surprises —

There’s more to St Fillans than meets the eye. With the A75 skirting Loch Earn – at first glance the village would appear to consist of a few large sandstone houses and a few hotels – squeezed between the main through road and the wooded hills to the north —

But there’s more to it than that – in addition to a well furnished children’s play area twixt houses and hills there’s the old railway line – now a public footpath complete with a hundred yards of tunnel —

Loki’s first tunnel – he was as surprised as I was to find it running through the hillside after our tough scramble up the high embankment —

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2021 in out and about

 

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

 

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Tooth Fairy —

I’m delighted to say the Tooth Fairy has been .. the floater in the jaw that was causing me grief has gone so the only way is up and hopefully out on the X-ADV —

Magic!
 
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Posted by on October 27, 2021 in out and about

 

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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

 

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In Loki’s Wood Today —

Spent the morning hoping the rain would go off but it was not to be —

So it was on with the waterproofs —

At least we had the hilltop wood all to ourselves —

Apart from busy birds clearing the branches of nuts and berries before winter sets in —

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2021 in out and about

 

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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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Both Ends of the Rainbow —

Does that mean I get two pots of gold?

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2021 in out and about

 

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Highland Clearances —

Everywhere we go in the Highlands there are empty houses – some are in ruins —

Others are in good nick —

This one is a cracker with a view to die for and even has a few sheds out back —

So where have all the people gone?

 
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Posted by on October 25, 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

 

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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