Sunday, 30 September 2012

Oakbank Mill

I noticed the other day that one of the old jute mills along the river has come on the market, so my late afternoon daunder took me along the river for a closer inspection, mind you have passed it so many times and always admired it, wondering why all the renovation work had stopped and it was now just sitting there.  It is beside the small footbridge just up from Cargills Leap and is a real imposing building right on the river.  It has had some work done on it, but what an amazing project and situation and it even has an old water wheel, which is slowly being reclaimed by nature.  I can just imagine sitting inside listening to the river rushing past, but that's just one of my 'pipe dreams'.
I also sat for ages watching a dipper, which is a small river dwelling bird and as the name suggests spends it's time dipping in and out of the water - fascinating to watch.

The End of September

Well we didn't really get the 'Indian Summer' I was hoping for in September, few decent days but real drop in temperatures, so fingers crossed for October.  September was really busy in the B&B and the opportunity to get out and about sadly passed me by, seemed to take an age to do everything that needs done here, long days.  On a positive note I had so many lovely people from all over the world staying, doing a huge variety of things, with lots of fascinating stories to tell, that's what makes it all so worthwhile.
The Autumnal hues are starting to come out on the trees now and you really can't beat Perthshire trees in the Autumn - stunning.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Glenshee - with no snow

Early finish, nice day, so instead of catching up on domestic bliss thought it was time me and my faithful hound got back out for a long walk.  So I decided to head up the road and park up at the ski centre at Glenshee.  I think all my other photos of that area are of a snowy theme, but not today.  I think the A93 from Blairgowrie up to the top has got to be one of the best driving roads anywhere which is probably why so many bikers head up that way at the weekend.  I walked up to the Cairnwell but took a route which takes you up past Butchart's then along the ridge, but I dropped down to a lochan area where there was a random fishing hut, great place to go fishing.  The glenshee team were also out and about fixing the snow fences for the coming ski season.  Never saw any deer today, but plenty hare, grouse and ptarmigan about, but the little blighters are too quick for a half decent photo.  Well I made it to the top and just gazed at the view, dog had great fun and is sleeping well now.