Sunday, 24 August 2014


This year we spent a lovely fews days in Gatehouse of Fleet.  On our first whole day we took our usual trip to the coast and the Cream o' Galloway.

The second day we took the bus to Castle Douglas and then walked the long way around to Threave Castle.

I did not fancy the ride in that little boat so we just looked from the "mainland". We walked along to the bird hide to hopefully see the Ospreys instead. There had been no sign of them all day but just as we were leaving a man said the male was sitting in a different tree. (Not the one with the nest.) We had a look through some powerful binoculars.

On our last whole day we walked to Loch Whinyeon.

Biddle thought he was at the top of the world.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Trying out the new camera

As the title suggests I have a new camera (well new to me) It's a Canon EOS 300D and it is all very grown up and came with other lenses! I shall  see how  we get on to gether over the next few weeks, months. I am not a quick learner so it might be a difficult process and I hate learning new things in case I fail! Oh well here are some first attempts.

 The Astilbe we bought last year is looking really well.
Pond life but froggie was hiding.
 Baby sprouts will be ready in a while.
If you look closely you will see that I did not take this photo. It is the first one we have of the whole plot in one picture.

A very happy birthday to Elizabeth Anne

who is on crutches at the moment due to an accident at school! Just one of many since 1977 when she made her appearance six weeks early!

Saturday, 26 July 2014


 Mange tout
Courgettes and of course


There has been more since  and plenty more to come at the allotment.
I am very proud of the  teeny tomatoes from my plant on the window sill

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Two days at Le Tour part 2

 On Sunday we boarded the first available train to Mytholmroyd a small village near Hebden Bridge.
But not this colourful one on the other platform. We decided to get there as early as possible and walk up Crag Vale  to a good view point.

Everywhere was decorated in Tour colours

 The local school had made an excellent job
and this house wears a King of the Mountain jumper.
There was bunting everywhere and the word record for the length of bunting is now held by Crag Vale.
On the way we had ice cream from Ice cream creations

 There were flags and people lining the whole route
including Biddle who was very excited.

Helicopters flew overhead.

The commercial caravan went through and then after a long wait the seven man breakaway group.

Eventually the long awaited peleton came into view and flashed by in next to no time.

The team cars brought up the rear.

On the way back down someone said. " It's funny you wait so long for an event to happen and it's over in 30 seconds but it doesn't matter. It was great."  And it was, we walked a round trip up and back down of 14 km but it was worth every centimetre. Now I can relax and watch the rest on television.

Looking at the internet later we found our selves on this Yorkshire post photo linked here

 We are on right hand side just where the head of the peleton passes two people waving.