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Monthly Archives: November 2021

St. Andrews Casts it’s Spell —

Getting close to Christmas and my long-made promise to take Helen to St Andrews this year doesn’t have many days available if I am to fulfil it – so I threw a picnic lunch together and rousted out the ever-willing Loki. Helen didn’t take much persuading to go out and about either. For once she wore thermals under her outer clothes – even though she had no idea where we were to end up —

I didn’t hear any complaints when we arrived in a quiet St Andrews ki- found a handy place to park near the Cistercian Chapel and walked round the north side of the Abbey towards the harbour —

The group of families on the beach by the old chapel were practising their stone skimming in the ancient fish traps – no doubt with a view towards picking a team to compete in the World Stone Skimming Championships held on the old slate Isle of Easdale off the west coast of Scotland every year —

My days for stone skimming are long gone and the main abbey was closed for repair but Helen was delighted just to be there at long last. She was amazed at the what must have been the size of the original building which has no doubt been robbed of most it’s stonework and fought over by many factions for many hundreds of years —

The main site may have been closed due to investigations concerning it’s supposed unsafe condition —

but Helen’s prying eye wasn’t having any of it —

while Loki stood guard over the cannon above the harbour and Helen flashed her camera at every stone in the place —

I admired the wiggly wall and breakwater by the harbour where I had rowed dinghies as a boy —

A wonderful day out with not many people about and the weather stayed mostly clear throughout —

The sun was setting as we drove back through Crieff – about fifteen minutes from home – magic!

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2021 in out and about

 

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Honda CRF250 Rally —

She was fairly cheap and basic when she first arrived in my hands. By all accounts mine was the first in the country and arrived into my shed before the model was officially released in the UK.

She didn’t remain ‘basic’ for long .. Rental bars with one inch risers were an early mod. Then it was a Wilber rear shock followed by uprated K-Tech mods to the front forks ..

The icing on the cake was the full lightweight Arrow exhaust and I was pretty pleased with her when I was done.

Wish I could have said the same for mesel .. unfortunately my old legs were letting me down by this time and it was time to move her on to make room for sumthin more suitable —

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2021 in out and about

 

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On Rannoch Moor Today —

With a dusting of snow on the high tops and a wind that could skin you —

It was worth a little discomfort just to be out there with Helen and Loki —

Helen certainly made the most of it —

and Loki was like a dog with two tails —

Magic!
 
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Posted by on November 21, 2021 in out and about

 

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Chasing the Sun on the X-ADV750 —

Winsy says rain to the west and not so much in the east – it’s a no-brainer and I pointed the X-ADV where the skies were bluest —

Then it was a case of chasing rainbows —

all the way north-east to Pitlochry —

Where – not knowing where the blue skies would take me – I brimmed the small tank on the X-ADV and hung a right over the hill to the Perth – Braemar road where I turned left for more North —

Then I got a few more decent shots in the sunshine before stopping for a break at the Glenshee Visitor Centre —

Doesn’t look like much behind that ‘F-off’ Mercedes but the deer grazing just over the fence like it —

It looked gloomy further north towards the Ski-lift so I hung east down Glen Isla – a first for me as I’d never taken that route before —

There aren’t many roads in Scotland I haven’t ridden but boy was this one worth it —

It’s certainly one I will do again but it will be next year now as the weather is due to turn cold tomorrow and by Sunday the gritters will be out in force scattering their corrosive salt everywhere —

and this is one bike I want to keep salt free – so Mr Honda’s recall that arrived by post just as I was setting out this morning has come at the right time. The X-ADV750 has to go back to the Dealers to have the fairings stripped off and the wiring loom checked for dangerous chafing which could cause the motor to cut out anytime – anywhere – rather them than me —

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2021 in out and about

 

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Sparkling Two-some —

My Dodge Calibre with 12ft Eriba Troll taking a break near Munich on the way home from a long hot summer in Istria several years ago —

Magic!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2021 in out and about

 

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Arkansas —

As a state it reminds me of Scotland – not very big and with more than it’s fair share of pine forests – lakes and rivers. It was certainly punching above it’s weight when it sent Bill Cinton to the White House —

The happy-clappy Bible Belt stretches most of the way along it’s southern border with Texas – and – it’s a DRY state – in that there’s no liquor —

No doubt there’s plenty of moonshine available in the backwoods and if you really must have your drink and debauchery you can always head north and over the bridge to Branson Missouri —

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2021 in out and about

 

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Those Were the Days my Friend —

With apologies to Mary Hopkins —

but they were good days —

and with luck —

there will be many more of them to come —

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2021 in out and about

 

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Welcome to Hot Springs —

Hometown of Slick Willy as he was known in these parts —

I took that photo a couple of days after the Twin Towers had gone down —

I had flown from Paris on the 10th and was in the air same time as the perpetrators of the deed that was to change the world as we knew it —

Having landed in Dallas Fort Worth to find my luggage hadn’t been loaded on the plane in Paris it was a case of down to the nearest Walmart on the way through Oklahoma territory to buy the necessary bits and pieces needed for a stay in up-state Arkansas —

A quiet part of the USA became even quieter as they reeled at the shock of being hit in their own Homeland – now it appears to be our turn to feel the heat —

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2021 in out and about

 

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Is it a Bird —

Or is it a Plane —

Nope – it’s my missus at the beach – they always have that effect on Helen —

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2021 in out and about

 

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A Proud Mum —

My daughter Rainnie Rae and grandson Cameron – cool eh?

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2021 in out and about

 

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