Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Walk at Butterstone Loch

Another 'on my doorstep' walks I've never done before but did it today.   As always I enjoy the short drive along the criss cross of country roads we have in these parts and parked at Catchpenny where you can start a circular walk which will bring you out at Butterstone Loch Fishings and you can follow the track along the side of Butterstone back to Letter Farm at the side of Loch of Lowes. It's an easy non strenuous walk and would be good on a bike as well. You can also park up along the side of Loch of Lowes and do the walk in reverse and why not stop for a bite to eat at Butterstone.

Netherton Church - Bridge of Cally

After visiting the garden I passed back by Netherton Church another picturesque country church which I think is no longer holding church services.  Just down from the church there is a bridge with dramatic views over the tumbling waters of Black Water.

Open Garden - Bridge of Cally

On Sunday afternoon there was an Open Garden event run under Scotland's Garden Scheme just outside Bridge of Cally.  Lovely garden and setting and a good turn out considering the Mens Wimbledon Final was on with our own Andrew Murray.  It was my sort of garden. I do like a nice herbaceous border and nothing overly formal.  Great selection of cakes as well for the ever popular tea and cakes.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Loch of Kinnordy

Last week I nipped along the road to the RSPB reserve near Kirriemuir at Loch of Kinnordy.  Great selection of hides to watch the birdies and a nice walk as well.  Heard lots of birds but didn't really see much as it was lashing with rain.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Baby Beavers

I took another guest out on a beaver watching expedition yesterday evening and what a treat it was as we saw three young kits, a juvenile and the mother.  I just can't seem to get good photos of the beavers must have something to do with the light or zooming in too much.  It was a real pleasure to watch them.

The Cateran Yomp

The Cateran Yomp was held this weekend in Blairgowrie.  This is the yomps second year and teams have to complete the Cateran Trail in 24 hours.  You don't have to do the whole 52 miles unless you want the gold medal.  For silver you have to do 36 and a half miles and Bronze is 22 miles.  It is a big fundraising event for ABF Soldiers Charity and the Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust.  I went to have a look at base camp and was told the estimated time for the first teams home would be around 8.00pm.  Have to say I quite fancy having a go at the yomp, although probably not the whole route in one go.  It must have been quite muddy in places becasuse we have some very heavy torrential rain showers.  The Game Fair at Scone Place was cancelled after the first day this weekend because of the rain turning the site to a sea of mud - good old summer!