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Sunday, August 09, 2009 

Having a recharge

I'm writing this blog in a rather secluded part of Scotland, sipping a cool beer in splendid, scenic surroundings. Outside our lodge it's raining in the glen, mist obscuring the view of Loch goil and the village of Lochgoilhead. The Scottish highlands are notorious for changeable weather, this morning / afternoon the weather was glorious, warm and sunny so I'm not complaining.

Having escaped the evil empire for a fortnight, I'm trying to recharge my batteries via the medium of photography, fresh air (lots), exploring the local area on foot and generally having some unashamedly and well deserved 'me' time.

I've been drinking in some glorious scenery today, visiting nearby Lochgoilhead on foot, talking to some very friendly and convivial 'natives' gearing down to a much slower and more natural pace of life. I'm envious, though the area is remote, internet access is slow to non existent, radio and television reception is limited or very poor (no FM or AM) I'm not complaining. All the better for navel gazing, which is something I haven't been able to do for months. They should put this on prescription on the NHS.

There seems a wealth of things to do in the local area, from hiring bikes to boats, pony treking though I've yet to find where to go, evidence of equine activity is obvious on the local single track road. I haven't seen any red squirrels (I'd like to photograph some) though I've observed an abundance of lapwings, a single solitary heron, some unusually coloured and tame finches, magpies and hooded crows along with the usual butterflies and the odd crane fly lingering outside the lodge at night. The midges haven't been a problem, which makes a very welcome change to previous years when I've been the midges main course.

Due to the unpredictability of the weather, planning trips etc isn't on the menu. I'm going out and about on an ad hoc basis, with my ever present camera. I'm rather pleased with the images I've captured so far, mainly landscapes. I'm hoping to also capture some wildlife in the remainder of the week, weather permitting. That's it, time to sign off.

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Sounds glorious John, enjoy it and drink it all in!

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