It hasn’t rained since 15th February! I never thought we would experience a lack of rain on the West coast of Scotland but we are desperate for some moisture. The grass just isn’t growing which means the ponies are still in and eating hay and, even worse, there is no grass for the in lamb ewes so the farmer is rather worried. This is our pony paddock – the ground is just dust!
And this is the burn! Hope it rains soon.
It was a perfect winter’s day today, far too good to waste, so on with the boots and out of the door!
The road to Glen Sallach, ten minutes walk from home.
Looking down on Blarcreen, nestling in the green fields, with the wooded slopes leading up to a snow topped Beinn Duirinnis behind and a very blue Loch Etive in front. The pointed peak in the distance is Ben Cruachan, covered in a blanket of snow, and not a cloud in the sky – perfect!
A bit further up the hill and you can just see the’island’ at Bonawe and the loch turning the corner. Cruachen can be seen more clearly.
Looking down on Ardchattan Priory – what a perfect setting!
The Connel Bridge, Dunstaffnage and the snowy mountains of Mull.
Looking across Glen Sallach towards Beinn Bhreac.
No – we ddin’t get this close to Cruachan, just zoomed in!
It was so beautiful that I wanted to just keep on walking but, reluctantly, we had to head back home.
Peering through the curtains yesterday morning to see if it was light I was met with the most amazing colours in the sky!
It was so beautiful I flung a coat on over my pyjamas and headed down to the shore.
It was getting light very quickly and the sky was changing all the time.
It was worth getting rather chilly to see the loch and Ben Cruachan in the morning light.
As it was such a beautiful evening we set off up the hill behind the house to enjoy the sunset. This was the view at 6.30pm, shortly after setting off.
It looked so enticing that we kept on heading upwards.
However, just half an hour later, the sky turned very dark indeed.
There was a rather watery rainbow in the distance:
But then the downpour reached us! Hail as well as rain meant we were soaked to the skin by the time we got back down to the house.
What a change in the weather! Last week I was gardening in a T-shirt and today it has been bitterly cold, with snow on the hills behind us. It was sleeting this morning but brightened up and turned into the most beautiful sunny evening. They say that in Scotland you can experience all four seasons in one day and that has certainly been the case today.
The birds are very active at the feeders. A pair of goldfinches have appeared – the first I have seen in the garden here. Today I watched the sparrowhawk hunting in the holly hedge behind the house. It was incredible how he could tuck his wings in and fly up between the prickly branches. I don’t think he managed to catch anything though as he flew off frustrated. Hope he doesn’t get the goldfinches!