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Missing my Plastic Warrior —

The photo was taken at David Stirling’s memorial on the Hill of Row – pronounced roo – on 1st Sept.

Must admit I’m missing my plastic warrior which is still with the Honda agents having some errant bodywork fixed.

No worries … so long as I have her back by Spring 🧐 —

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2021 in out and about

 

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Erosion by Quadbike —

The ‘B’ road across the moors between Braco and Comrie follows the contours for good reason —

The grassy sward between the camera and the road may look benign but there is a deep and wide drainage channel over there with it’s dark and turgid waters difficult to gauge. Elsewhere it’s easy with the waters laying on top in places —

But cut through the surface vegetation as some poor sod did with his quad bike —

and it’s a different story —

In fact – according to Loki —

the bike is still down there — 🧐

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2021 in out and about

 

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Seamus —

After a night on the tiles —

‘I didn’t get in till six .. I just want to SLEE-EP!’

😄

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2021 in out and about

 

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A Snow-capped Ben Chonzie —

Another pic from yesterday’s walk —

At 30054 ft in height – Ben Chonzie- which lies about four miles as the crow flies north of our house just makes it into the Munro territory reserved for mountains in Scotland over 3000ft.

I have never climbed it and now with my right knee joint worn to ‘bone-on-bone’ and the big 80 years on this planet just round the corner – I very much doubt I ever will —

No worries — I climbed my own ‘Munro’ yesterday —

And the views down to that River were so much better than I had expected 😃

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2021 in out and about

 

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Interesting Droppings —

I walked all the way over the moors earlier today and can’t remember spotting a bird. I understand there was shooting elsewhere on the estate in the morning so perhaps they were just laying low —

Question is —

What kind of bird left these colourful droppings behind?

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2021 in out and about

 

Doing the Walk of Shame —

Like most people who ate more than was good for them at Christmas —

I feel the need to walk it off —

Don’t know what Fiona at Braco Cafe puts in her coffee but there was no stopping me today —

Loki n I found a rare place to park on the roadside —

and we were off across the moors like a couple of jack rabbits —

Or at least one of us was —

but I had no excuse while wearing my German built size twelve boots which I had eventually found hiding in a cupboard after weeks of searching —

I have had the urge to walk the couple of rough miles in the hope of seeing the river on the far side of the moor —

and today —

I managed it —

fueled by two cups of Fiona’s coffee and a bacon butty —

Loki makes a good depth guage and I could have crossed there with him —-

but ever mindful of the return trudge I decided we had gone far enough and turned for home —

Magic!
 
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Posted by on December 28, 2021 in out and about

 

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The Aftermath of Christmas —

Who put that light on?

I’ve been out all night —

and don’t want to play with this stoopid flashing bally thing !

Wanna see wot I got?

And the ijit still hasn’t found the ‘selfie’ switch on his Nokia XR20

Natty bandana you got from your sister-in-law though — nice!

And some poor soul left his van behind on Christmas Eve and had to wait three days to have it lifted back over the fence 🧐

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2021 in out and about

 

On a bare Hillside —

Far from home – is a well kept memorial for two young men who lost their lives when their Tornado jet fighter plane clipped the hillside and went down – Sept 1994 —

The walking stick is mine – it was slippery underfoot up there today —

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2021 in out and about

 

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Full Plates at Christmas —

No matter what 2022 may throw at us we managed full plates for Christmas ’21 —

I had a free hand this year and went for a large gammon joint with crackling plus a maple syrup and bourbon glaze —

Here she is – out for a peep only halfway through it’s two and half hour cooking time —

Looks ready to me 😏

But it still had over an hour to go at reduced heat —

Roasters are ready —
Meat is now cooked —
Leeks roasted and carrots plus brocoli are well steamed – I tend to add them to the gravy —

Chipolatas look good enough to eat —
Magic!

M-mmm — I just realised I forgot to cook the Brussel sprouts – they are still in the fridge 🧐

But if Helen noticed – she was kind enough not to mention it 😀 —

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2021 in out and about

 

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This Kaleidoscope of Colour —

Goes to show how hard it is to keep up with my missus when she is in ‘artiste’ mode —

Even a colour blind ijit like me can see it’s a riot!

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2021 in out and about

 

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