I to the hills will lift mine eyes….

Ever so apposite in the last few days. From our front bedroom we look out on the Campsie Fells. A low sun on a cloudless sky can make them look incredibly three-dimensional…and when the orange globe starts to take its rest, then suddenly we see a great sleeping whale..

As if we’re not lucky enough, recent trips to Tighnabruaich, and Inverary (where we will soon be singing Evensong) must encompass two of the most wonderful and mind-blowing parts of Scotland. Still relatively-quiet roads enhance rather than ruin the countryside and ‘to travel is as pleasant as arriving’.

Kelvin shows a striking photo taken in Glasgow, and whilst he obviously loves the City, I still find a wonderful peace in the rural scenery…must be my Irish countryside upbringing!

Wherever you find your peace I hope the weather will rest from the irritation it has caused us all recently.

Garden observations

After yesterday’s rain, today allowed some gardening clear-up to be done. Roses, with black-spot-covered leaves, have been disappointing but taking away a lot of growth has uncovered another world, which has not been seen for a while.

Snails, spiders (large and minute), red ‘blood’ mites, and slaters have all had their world disturbed in the name of tidiness. They will no doubt find another area of cover, and the foliage has been neatly diced, to go off in the green bin to the great Council Recycler.

The garden border looks very bare now, but the smaller plants are getting some more light, so they will be happy……so not a bad day all round…….that is until the Young Lady of the house demands some weeding!


Car v Bus (2)

Luckily we took the car, as it poured, and poured, and poured! Got what I needed and came home, whilst the Young Lady did not purchase anything! To celebrate this unusual event we got some very expensive Thornton’s chocs….still it was worth the price!


Cars v Bus

Thought of heading off for the bus into town…to use our bus passes for only the third time in a couple of years…(the convenience of the car can only be laid aside after a lot of practice!)…but at last minute, the rain came on, and it is a fair walk within the town….so have dropped the idea….sorry, environment, but the car still has a use for old folk like us!

The silly garden

Despite the turmoil in the world’s financial centres, the flowers have obviously been very un-impressed, because they have continued to bloom, and the tomato plants have continued to bring forth their fruit (if not exactly in due season).  Someone will have to tell them that they should be paying more attention to these important events….some hope!

Another day…another season!

A fruitful yesterday evening in the garden….the young blackbirds have left their nest so I could get the hedge cut at last….. why do we have to have a hedge with straight sides and top, as if it is a piece of household furniture? ….and the lawn has to be bowling-green flat, with no uneven-ness or weeds?

This morning, the rain is on, there is a glint off the wet leaves, and the patio slabs look pristine, but no birds are singing yet….maybe I frightened them off with the electric hedge-trimmer…..maybe I should have left the hedge for another day or two. When I retire, I will be able to afford that luxury!

The shortening days

Why do we make such an issue of the nights ‘coming-in’? They have been doing this every year since time immemorial, and certainly as long as I remember! Let’s revel in the changing proportion of light and dark, and the wonderful sky-scapes which make-up for the rain!