There’s just something about walking in the crisp mornings of Autumn that you can’t beat. I know its november so it’s technically winter but as far as I’m conerned its not winter until it snows and I have to scrape the car in the morning. Winter is a chore but Autumn is magical.
Braedale hill was the destination this morning, I had some blissful free time and I’ve been wanting to go back there for a couple of years. It’s only up the road but I’ve not had the time to go. Dog walkers galore! It use to be an old bing, a man made hill but years of nature have sculpted it into an interestingly dynamic walk. There’s a point when you get to the top of the hill, turn 360degrees and think, ‘wow’.
In one direction all you can see is windmills, beautiful in the distance. Some people think they’re a blight to the country side but I think they’re wonderful. Turn 90 degrees and you can see the towns, you’re facing east and it was clear enough today that you could see for miles. Building and towers and industrial factories mark the pathway to Glasgow. Turn again and its nothing but country side, you’re now facing the lothians and its villages and small towns until Livingston and Edinburgh. I felt on top of the world.
The view of the lothians.
Shasha thought she was a 4×4…
Shasha took me offroading! She went crazy the moment she got onto the hill, I think her nose was practically glued to the ground, and for the most part she was charging through the long grass and hiding in the dense trees. At one point she heard some water, and I was all for letting her swim had it not been for the steep incline down to the stream… We sat that one out. Its been a while since she’s been on a walk she’s enjoyed so much, I’ve been working so much lately!
- The elusive stream we couldnt get near…
Dog show yesterday near Stirling, for the first time ever this venue was bathed in GLORIOUS sunshine! My old dog celebrated her last show with a little blue rosette to add to the collection, she was more interested in the liver cake than the rosette.
What excited me most about yesterday was the drive, it was wonderful. You seem to notice things when the weather is nice that you don’t when its peeing it down with rain. The motorway, dreary in the gloom, is lovely in the sunshine, Driving north, the road was dotted with steeples from old churches, curious looking cows and miles and miles of green. Off the motor way, there was beautiful views of the Wallace monument (no where to park to take pictures ), picturesque little towns and at one point in the morning I was coming over a hill to a wonderful sight! The road in front of me bright and the hills are wonderful but there was a valley to the west it was covered in fluffy cloud. Was desperate to stop and take a picture but again, no parking.
Here’s a picture of hills near the venue, just look at the colour of that sky!
- If i had my walking boots, was 10000% fitter and 1000000000% more determined I would have tried to get to the top….
So phoned up my broadband provider for the fifth time to be told that the problem I’m having with my service could last a few more weeks.
Bad timing! The new world of warcraft came out today and although my copy hasn’t arrived in the post, I really really want to get online and do things! It sucks knowing I can only use my internet in the mornings because it’s “congested” in the evenings. I see speeds of 12kbps and packet loss of up to 35% past 6pm so my Internet is completely unusable. Gaaah oohhh ahhh.
On a lighter, less sinister note, I have contemplated starting to write again. The problem is I’m AWFUL but I really, really don’t want to be in my job forever and the only two ways I can think of getting out of it is to 1) Win the lottery. Plausible yet unlikely or 2) become a world famous author. ANY TIPS!?
In the spirit of my previous posts I give you pic!
So as its my day off (yay for the weekend!) and the sun is shining I decided to get up early and take the dog somewhere adventurous.
Now, a little bit about where I live! I live in Scotland, not known for its blistering sunshine so I had to take advantage of this weekend while it lasts. Early hours of this morning was filed with the sound of people starting to cut their grass on what could be the last dry and warm day of the year. I live in the very centre of the central belt, but on the edge of a town so all I have to do is pick a direction and Im amongst glorious glorious countryside.
Today we went to a nearby pond, which is highly over grown and forgotten about by the council so its a bit of a mess. Never the less it is very beautiful, very green and untamed. You cant really wander away from the paths without being knee deep in grass and mud but we were ok with that. The last time we went to visit the pond, we spent an hour trying to find it and gave up. This time we found it within a couple of minutes and I was a bit disappointed that you couldnt actually get close to the water.
We’d actually wanted to find the near by burn, but I can’t find how to get us there at all. My dog loves to wade into streams and go diving for rocks, she should have been born an otter instead!
We had a lovely walk anyway, barely met anyone which is nice!
This is about the closest i could get, most of the view around in the pond is obscured by trees and really tall grass.
This is my old girl on our way back, she never stays still long enough to get a photo!
I didnt realise how old my girl was looking until i saw this photo! I love her loads anyway
We had a lovely walk anyway, barely met anyone which is nice!
My name is Charlotte,
I am a hopeful author, dedicated dog owner, diligent worker and overall thinker of thoughts.
I enjoy eating fish and singing to the radio. Soft toys and dvd boxsets make me happy. I do not have a male counterpart because I cannot find one.
I enjoy interaction with people and have been described as charming and patient. Not my words.
I tutor in my spare (ha!) time, I enjoy watching my pupils faces as things suddenlt click into place.
My one true love is my dog, Shasha, who is currently crunching on a bone in my living room. She is the love of my life and I would spend every day just sitting with her and giving her my full attention if I did not have to work. She is clever, disobedient, cheeky and the most beautiful soul I have ever met. Shasha loves nothing more than eating, pretending to be asleep while she secretly watches you, rolling in smelly things she finds lying in the grass and sampling the many types of grass that grow around her house.
Today i received my adoption certificate for my leopard that came with a little toy, and the first thing the old geriatric bat did was steal it and run around the living room with my new teddy between her teeth. ,
I made this blog on a whim. Life is too quiet. Sometimes things just need to be said and I bite my tongue, or I tell it to someone and they’re like “yeah – but what does that have to do with the price of milk?”.
So here I am.