Archive for May, 2008

London Road

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

“The average person thinks they’re more intelligent than average. Do you think you are more intelligent than the average person?”

I could only fit the second half of the artwork in my little viewfinder. There you are.

Campsite cooking

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

I really wanted to find that magical relaxed beach weekend that Fat Face, Toast, Howies, Whitestuff and the other lifestyle brands would have you believe you will begin to experience as soon as you slip inside their clothing; sunny walks on the coast, surfing, fishing, wave swimming with friends, barbequing fish on the beach. We headed for Aberdovey in Wales to seek out the endless summer dream, and even booked on a sea fishing boat in anticipation of cooking fresh mackerel around the beach fire. The bank holiday forecast didn’t look good though, with 50mph winds and heavy rain lined up. The forecast came good, the fishing boats stayed firmly moored up for the weekend. We did manage the outdoor fish cooking experience though, and found a great little campsite just inland of Aberdovey. Nearly there…

Crofters cottage

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Goodbye Scotland and this little Drumbeg croft cottage. Thanks for having us under your ancient roof.


Saturday, May 17th, 2008

The A894 to Drumbeg, Scotland. Definitely one of the UK’s most scenic roads.


Friday, May 16th, 2008

I didn’t think it ethical to shoot or publish this, but I am easily persuaded. Click image to enlarge. Ullapool harbour, after the ride.

Knockdamph Bothy, Loch an Daimh, Ullapool. This bothy has recently been renovated. Indeed, when we visited it featured dry matches and lighters, peat bricks, fresh water, a kettle, but most unusually 2 beds and a 1/3 bottle of Southern Comfort.

Libby and Alison found the in-track waters deeper than expected.

The Fannichs

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

On the walk in to the the Fannichs, Scotland.


Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

The rather wonderful path from the A835 At Elphin west to Lochinver, passing the majestic Suilven, shown here in the golden glow of sunset. We were a little late home from this mountain bike ride…

An Teallach

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Above, on Lord Berkeley’s Seat, here looking over to An Teallach’s pinnacled ridge. This last shot (me) in all my Victorian elegance, made me smile.


Monday, May 12th, 2008

Top; Deer corpses, Glencapisp hunting Lodge, Lochinver, Scotland, middle; walker on the lower summit of Suilven.

Over the years I have developed the rather foolish habit of running down most of hills I find myself summiting. Its great fun and very quick getting down, but I suspect it’s not going to be great for the longevity of my knees. In this case though, it left plenty of time for a wee dip in the lock at the base of Sullivan followed by a sand castle building session. I love to imagine how harsh the winter winds have been over the thousands of years it’s taken to make beaches on these inland locks.

Stac Pollaidh

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

We climbed the small, but very impressive Stac Pollaidh today, before doing a couple of coastal sea-cliff climbing routes at Reiff. Stac Pollaidh was particually impressive in the tolkienesque summit mists. Thankfully it cleared as we reached the impressive summit ridge scramble.