Sunny Monday mornings

We have had the most gorgeous Autumn so far. I live in Argyll which is in the west of Scotland, it’s a beautiful area but often wet. Our prevailing wind is from the west so it scoops up moisture from the Atlantic Ocean and  releases it as rain over us. Well, that’s what usually happens.  This year we’ve been enjoying north winds, colder but dryer, giving us a fine show of Autumn colour from our trees.

It’s also meant really lovely walks, which is great because  walking is my favourite sort of exercise.

Funnily enough it’s something which can be easier in the city.  I could identify with Carrie Bradshaw* when she claimed  “…shopping is my cardio”. A day trawling around the shops soon ramps up the step count. Although when I lived in the city I had to commute to work, by car, so walks were too often relegated to the weekend. (MrS had retired and was at home, so he could do the honours with Dogstarke). But on a non work day pretty much anything I needed was within walking distance.

It’s not the same here. Our shop is a walkable distance but a round trip is five miles so any urgent visit is made by car. Mind you, the pub is  a lot closer….

Open space is a little different too. We have to respect that it’s not just there for our enjoyment. It’s a working landscape.


But on mornings like today there’s nothing quite like a walk along the hill.

It’s beautiful even when it rains,  but for now I’m enjoying the sun.

Marina x

*from HBO “Sex and the City”

it when the sun shines on Sunday

This is related to liking Fridays, so if they are maybe my favourite day then Sundays are my least. Not Monday? No, because on Sunday, you can have the dread, the feeling of weekendoverness and then it’s just another hard week to come.

I don’t get the dreads these days, well not for Mondays or the start of the working week. And I don’t have a pile of homework to finish, and only the top 40 and a new number one to look forward to. But I can still remember when I did and so  a good sunny Sunday is welcome.

Today was gorgeous, in fact  we’ve had a run of lovely weather, just look a these photos from yesterday evening.

So today, even though we didn’t need to escape the sound of drills and diggers we had a little jaunt. We drove north, across the Ballachulish bridge and took the long scenic way around Loch Leven, which is a highly recommended drive, it is truly spectacular.  We didn’t stop at Kinlochleven today, but I’d like to visit again soon, before the sun disappears until Spring, but drove on down to Glencoe village. The  museum was closed, but it was a day for outdoor activities anyway,  so after a quick snack outside the Glencoe cafe we set off to explore. We aren’t serious hill walkers, DogS only has little legs after all,  (actually she’s not the only one) so we took the path to Glencoe lochan.



There are three possible walks, we did a combination go them all, steepish uphill sections, gentle paths past lilyponds and tracks through woods.

Plenty to look at and loads of great sniffs for DogS. After completing the  circuit we took a short detour to the Glencoe massacre monument .


All in all, a lovely  way to spend a sunny Sunday.

Marina x