Post-Industrial Chicken (a short story)

June 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
My Grandfather told me a lot about the way things used to be when there was plenty. I remember him telling me about planes trains and automobiles, those marvellous machines of which just remnants still remain. He told me that they had drinking water whenever they wanted and light was available simply by pressing a button. What I most remember abou...
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Racing the Night

June 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
We have had a great spring but I have not been out and about much due to work and social commitments, with my backlog of writing and pictures also having to take a back seat. My only escape has been evening trips up the Ochil Hills with my long suffering wife Karen and her friend, Sarah. With me as their guide, the ladies have covered a few of the...
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All Alone on Rannoch Moor

May 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Rannoch Moor is 50 square miles of peat bog and it was a great feeling to be standing on it surveying the expanse. I took the above picture in April 2016 from Meall a' Ghortain which is the hill behind Gorton Mountain Bothy. I stood for quite some time here in the chilly spring breeze and marveled at the fact that despite there being a road and a r...
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Two Nights in the Cairngorms

April 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
In September 2015, Bob and I set out for a long weekend in the Cairngorms. We parked at Linn of Dee and headed off towards White Bridge and then headed up to Carn Cloich Mhullin. It was a good walk and climb to Carn Cloch Mhullin after which we quickly made the higher top of Bheinn Bhrotain. This top is marked by a decent boulder field, over w...
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Schiehallion

April 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I went for a quick walk up Schiehallion on Saturday afternoon, as it was a lovely day. I parked up around 3pm, having left it late, so that I was able to park despite the car park overflowing onto the road. On the way up Schiehallion I was met with a procession of people coming back down - it is a very popular hill! Schiehallion is notable for bei...
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Dunmore House

March 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Dunmore House is a partially collapsed ruin located on the Dunmore estate near Airth, Falkirk. We have many striking and significant ruins such as this in Scotland and this particular building could be considered a remnant of empire, where the landed gentry of the time could afford to build and maintain these large expensive houses, funded from the...
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Whistle-stop Skye

March 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I have recently returned from a weekend on the Isle of Skye where we (my wife Karen and my Brother-in-law David) only had one full day to explore. We arrived at the Dunollie hotel in Broadford on the Friday afternoon and then hit the hotel bar for a few drinks, before retiring to bed for an early start to get around the sights. After breakfast we...
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A walk past the Kelpies

March 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Living in Falkirk, I take my dog Digger for his “usual” walk through Langlees and Abbotshaugh Community woodland, to the Kelpies and back along the canal to Bankside. The circular walk I take with Digger is about 6km and it follows the River Carron, which is pretty much tidal; it is pretty eventful for me (I'm easily pleased). After passing throug...
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The Frogs are Awake!

February 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I happened to come across two frogs on the footpath at Plean Country Park, when out walking with Digger. I had noticed, when I was younger and paid attention, that the frogs head to their breeding pond mid-February and it always makes me wonder how they manage it in the cold! But manage they do and thankfully the common frog is still common in thes...
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The Beauty of Trees

February 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I really like trees. The older a tree gets the more individual it becomes, like us, shaped by their environment. The picture selection below is where I have tried to capture that character. I have a lot to reworking to do and some of my favourites are still to even be uploaded, but I start with these. There are some trees too with angles on their...
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Beinn Fhionnlaidh

February 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Finally having a chance to climb on snow capped mountains after what has been a surprisingly warm winter, Bob parked his car up and we headed down the estate road in the bonny Glen Creran to commence our climb, from near sea level, of Beinn Fhionnlaidh which summits at 959 metres. At the head of Glen Ure we started the climb up the steep slopes in...
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Special Delivery

February 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The door of the bothy is wearing out and it needs to be fixed this year, so I asked my friend Billy, who is an excellent Joiner, to come with me to have a look and measure up. We also had some chairs to deliver so special arrangements were made for us to access the track, so that we could drive up to or at least some of the way to the bothy. This w...
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One Foggy Morning

January 22, 2017  •  1 Comment
It was lunchtime on Friday. I was on my lunch break at work and was contemplating what I could do on Saturday. I looked at the weather forecast for Stirling; "mist in the morning", it said. “Yes!” I said, as that meant that there was a chance I could climb the Ochils above the fog and take some photos. I was planning for an early start to catch th...
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The Ochil Hills

January 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The Ochil Hills are my local hills and I have developed a love of them for the exercise and solitude that they provide. It is a 30 minute drive from my house to park at the base of these hills, so I can be at the top in about 2 hours. I have still got so much to explore there, but needless to say that I have taken a lot of photographs of them, some...
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A Bothy By The Sea

January 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The sweet smell of wood smoke greeted me as I opened the door and stepped inside Peanmeanach bothy on the Ardnish Peninsula. The residual smell of the many fires that have been burnt in the building’s two fireplaces, made me think of all the visitors who have stayed in this fine place. Peanmeanach bothy, which is maintained by the Mountain Bothies...
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