Following on from my Loch Goil adventure in part one.. here is part two of my cold day afloat. I slept like a log when I got home too. Its put me in the notion for more boat trips..but I will have to wait until the winds drop again.
More subtle signs that spring is not so far away now ...is the lighter mornings and longer evenings. Some days almost feel warm when the sun shines. Perhaps that is what lured me to get my small F-Rib boat out on the water ..or perhaps it was my brother Douglas asking if I wanted to meet up for a day on the Firth of Clyde.
A quick check of the weather forecast predicted winds on 1 mph gusting to 5 mph and from the south. Temperatures around 8 degrees C at midday ..and tides to suit recovery. I contacted a friend with another inflatable boat and he was keen to get his pup used to going in boats .. so it was a perfect opportunity.
Some photos of our day out .. myself in the F-Rib powered by a 6HP Outboard .
My brother Douglas in his kayak powered by a 6FT long Greenland paddle .
And some other kayaking friends we rendez-vous'ed with at Garroch Head ..the tip of the Island of Bute
Here is the three part video I made of the full day on the water ..and what a great day it was
Hope you enjoy the adventure.. and thanks for watching
Its been a great year for snow on the hills. It started for me in November last year and the hills are still getting fresh snow almost every other day. However its not good hill walking snow. Its soft and deep making it very difficult to walk through. It doesn’t stop me enjoying my hill walks but I have been sticking to my local Ochil Hills and keeping the walk length to six or seven miles.
Hopefully once the snow settles and consolidated I will get to the higher tops and longer walks. Im in no hurry to get there though.
Here is my latest video of a strenuous walk in the Ochils
And below is a previous video I posted when a warmer spell of weather hit the Ochils .. fooling me into thinking spring was in the air. Its not far off .. but there will be more cold fronts before the daffodils appear.
Hey..just a note to say I have not fallen into a deep sleep again.
I have been quietly hibernating as the recent bad weather hits our hills. On the occasional nice day between the blizzards ..the snow was too deep and soft for my liking .. so I headed into town instead.
Although I'm over sixty years of age ..Im not at state pension age yet. As such ..I live on savings and a small work pension. Money can be tight after Xmas ..just like most folks find out.
Also ..for me .. being happily retired is not a life of lazing .. and can be hard work.
I need to keep myself occupied and my brain working every day .. to enjoy a happy retirement. So look for ways to meet my needs which don't cost the earth. I try to use my over 60s bus pass at least once a week. Why drive the car when I get free travel ?
This post is about one of my favourite free days out walking. I think of it as a "Day of Culture in the City"
My day starts with catching the Citylink bus to Glasgow ..then walking around the city centre..along the Clyde and then visiting free admission places of Culture :-D
Its a short video so I didn't have enough space left to include some of the photos I took.
Example ..I sat on the steps outside the Glasgow Concert Hall ..eating my Gregg's lunch of pie and coffee ..while listening to a talented Glasgow Busker singing his heart out.
All enjoyable entertainment that doesn't cost the earth.
I was also a little disappointed to see some of my favourite Graffiti murals have gone. The five faces under the bridge on the Broomielaw are no longer there ..but that's the nature of Graffiti art. I have my photos to remember them by.
So without any more rambling from me..here is my video that tells this story ...
The day after my dull day on Dumyat ... the forecast promised a high pressure area over Scotland. Clear blue sky and no wind. It was Sunday .. so I suspected everyone would be in the countryside walking off holiday season blues.
From my viewpoint on Dumyat I had noticed a fresh fall of snow on the hills. I decided to keep away from the high tops as I knew walking would be tough in deep soft snow. It takes a few thaws and re freezes before the snow would consolidate enough for walking on without sinking up to my knees.
I still looked forward to a walk so chose a low top. Ben A'An is described as "The wee mountain with the big views". Its in the heart of the Trosssachs ..so only a 30 minute drive from my house.
I was up before dawn ..as I knew this hill would be busier than the high street the week before Xmas. It was ..people were like a trail of ants heading up the path to see the views. But none of them saw what I saw ?
The moon seen from my house just before driving to The Trosssachs. It was a freezing cold clear sky day.
The moment the sun started to appear just below the horizon
It cast a lovely pink alpenglow on the far horizon
Then touched the hills and trees with a golden glow