Saturday, 24 January 2009

Glen Lyon

All work and no play at the moment so I have looked out a few pics from a hike in Glen Lyon at the end of the christmas holdays. This was a solo trip so didn't fancy trekking up Munros in the sub zero temperatures but found this great Corbett (Carn Chreag) just outside Bridge of Balgie.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Blast from the Past

That last post and comments got me all nostalgic for some of the epic sessions we had windsurfing in Brandon Bay while living in the south west of Ireland. I looked out a few pictures from back then. One thing to remember is it is a whole lot warmer down there so it may be April before I actually dust off the board (must be getting soft in my old age).

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Nearly Went Windsurfing

This is a tale of lost love. It has been a year and 2 weeks since my last windsurf. This has never happened in the last 18 years of my life but I have just been busy with other sports and chasing qualifications etc. The forecast for sunday was for a good strong breeze and slightly warmer than it has been lately so I figured this would be a great chance to dust off the board and blow away the windsurfing cobwebs. To cut a short story even shorter, the phone went on saturday evening and it was an invite to sunday lunch so the windsurf never happened.

I can't wait to get back on a board again.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Last walk of 2008

The great thing about Scotlands inclement/changeable/varied weather is that you really appreciate the good days when they happen. I put in a solo effort on Ben Ledi last week working on some navigation ahead of the deferred ML assessment day in March. It turned out be be an absolute stunner. I had the mountain to myself all morning as I headed up through Glen Stank. On the summit it was probably as busy as Princess street at the Hogmanay Party. Good to see so many people out enjoying the outdoors.

Quote of the Year

"How does not a walk become a walk"

A short bit of background to this quote. We love getting out and about exploring our local areas and encouraging the kids to enjoy the fresh air and some exercise outside. We are not always successful but try our best. We managed quite a few walks this christmas holiday which meant we tried to come up with different ways to describe what we were planning to do each time.

On 29 December we planned to go exploring at Rumblingbridge where there is a really interesting double bridge and an amazing gorge. We said to the kids it is definitely not a walk we were going exploring.

Of course the exploring did involve a short walk of about a mile. About half way round Eilidh (aged 5) asked this question "How does not a walk become a walk". I couldn't answer as I was laughing too much. If anyone has an answer please let me know.

Thursday, 1 January 2009


One of the bonuses of my job is having the full 2 week break over christmas and new year. I am kicking off the blogging for 2009 with some highlights of the last few weeks of 2008. Enjoying Scotland at its best!