Alarm Clock set for 3.30am
I saw a similar image to this one last autumn and ever since had been determined to experience, and capture, the Solstice sunshine breaking over the stones at Machrie from the 'V' of the mountains.
Sadly on the actual day of the Solstice we were on mainland, but a promising forecast for the following morning had me setting the alarm clock and persuading Jackie it would be worth losing some sleep for. And it was.
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These wonderful highland cows are often peering at us over the wall, or are a pair of horns width from the window in our neighbouring holiday cottage, as they relieve an itch or two on the fence post or farmers plough. As I write this I expect that calves too will soon be appearing judging by the sounds emitting from the barn over the last few nights!
Waiting to board the ferry this morning I spotted this rather great shot. I love the virtual silhouette of the passenger gangway hoist, as it stands out from the light dusting of snow on Goat Fell. Spot the seagull camouflaged within the image!
Well ok, maybe not, as still a cool breeze blowing through this late April sunny day. Flower beds in Brodick looking stunning as always, the 'Caledonian Isles' just berthing and one of her Majesty's fleet getting as close as any I've spotted around Arran. A lovely sight.
Bag it and Bin it . . . but please don't Leave it!
It is only when I return to certain areas of mainland walking, that I realise how fortunate the island is to have so little dog fouling left on it's beaches and paths. I, like so many who live here, exercise our dog in these public spaces and I am as vigilant as possible to 'bring out the bag' whenever the inevitable moment occurs.
Sadly there is a well meaning but misguided trend, to collect dog waste and then leave it 'to retrieve on the way back'. I hold up my hand to be counted amongst those misguided. Once, and only once, at the start of a long walk with no bins in sight, I bagged, and, placed in a wall crevice to deal with on our return . . . and yes I forgot. Some miles away I suddenly realised and I was devastated. I've never made the same mistake, because I never leave it behind.
For some reason last night, sleep was not my friend. With light filtering through the bedroom curtains just after 5am, I decided on a whim, that a trip to Machrie Stone Circles was in order. Effie, our Airedale, confused at the lack of morning routine, stayed on her bed despite the lead being removed from it's peg. I'm glad I went and so was Effie.
Enjoy the Beach or stroll to the Caves
I'm sure all on Arran will join me in wishing the team all the best with their new venture.
Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club
Isle of Arran
Warm and misty on the beach creates surreal lighting
Jacqueline and Geoff moved to the beautiful Isle of Arran in 2012, and have been visiting since 1998.