I’ll get the rant over and done with, then I’ll feel better. It doesn’t affect anyone except me, so it is just a little rant, but,
…I’m really fed up with sitting in my own lounge, at the front of my house, with internal doors and windows shut and still being able to smell next door’s cigarette smoke as they stand by their back door and fill their lungs with lots of nasty chemicals.
I really enjoyed my little adventure today. I took myself off in the car to do a little walk I’ve done before, but not alone. It’s part of a bigger walk I’ve done twice, with the girlies and with David, only the first time I tried to do the longer walk with David it became apparent I had a problem with my heel and we had to bail, thus taking this shorter route.
A circuit from Dunphail via Johnstripe and the Divie Viaduct of 7.8 miles, 650 feet ascent, 2 hours 25 minutes at a rough average of 3 mph with 15 minutes of pause time.
I saw snow, but only had to make my way over a small patch of about 8 feet by a gate which, handily, was open. There were lapwings in display flight, a roe deer slipped between the trees and out of sight, a kestrel hunting and lots of signs of spring.
If you look very carefully, above the dark hills and below the clouds and the power lines, there are snow capped hills. I’ve been told it’s the Cairngorms, but didn’t take a compass reading to check that. Doh!
It was only a little walk, on a beautiful, if a tad windy day, but I was pleased with myself for walking alone somewhere I wouldn’t normally. No great shakes, but I only walk alone locally, so maybe I’m growing up!