Sunday, February 21, 2010

Winter walk

The perfect antidote to watching hours of Olympic curling on the television is to have an afternoon walk. But there is always time to stop and watch other people working!

My walk today took me past this ruin, on the old track leading to Langside. It's marked as a 'pump' on the 1861 OS 6-inch map.

What a lovely day it was. Cold and bright, and not a breath of wind.

We're on the east side of Annandale, looking north to the hills behind Moffat.

The road home.

Pics by Bob

Monday, February 15, 2010

The sky's on fire

My photos don't do justice to the fabulous colours I witnessed at dusk last week. It's nice to see the days getting longer, and I enjoyed three evenings when there were spectacular sunsets.

The large beech tree which overlooks the bottom of the garden is silhouetted in this photo. I don't have much experience in photographing sunsets, but I gave it a try.

It really did look as if the sky was on fire! And if you would like to find out more about the origins of the saying "Red sky at night; shepherds delight..." go here.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

First signs of spring

A little bit of the sun today encouraged me to have my first look round the garden this new season! Just how it has survived the most severe winter in the past seven years remains to be seen. Anyway, it'll be a few weeks yet before it gets its spring tidy up.

It is encouraging to see the first signs of new life. Several clumps of snowdrops are just coming to their best.

I moved in to the cottage more than seven years ago, in late December. I had no idea then what, if anything, the garden would reveal. It was a thrill to discover that it had been well planted with bulbs. The north facing slope has remained pretty much as I found it - and these snowdrops have enjoyed being left to do their own thing!