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Friday, 6 April 2012

After the snow

Happy Easter Everyone

6th 0f April 2012
I'll begin this post by thanking everyone for their 'Get Well Soon' messages, and to my subscribers, I will be catching up with your blogs in the near future.

I'm still awaiting a scan and treatment, but it'll be after Easter now I should think.
The painkillers are working, and I'm still able to do non strenuous walks.
I'll be back with the ramblers on their walk tomorrow.

We got the snow, there's still some atop the hills, but it soon cleared at lower level.

I took a walk up to the telephone mast yesterday.
A lamb from a Texel Cross and according to the farmer no more than a couple of hours old.

After the heatwave and the late winter storm, it looks like we are back to how early spring should be.

A split second in time, these blades were fairly spinning in the wind.

Newton Stewart
'Gateway to the Galloway Hills'

The meandering River Cree with Cairnsmore of Fleet beyond.

Riverside flowers

The river was busy with anglers

A glimpse of Machermore Castle
Machermore Castle Eventide Home was opened in 1954 as a care home for the elderly.
It was declared insolvent in 2010. I've no idea what, if anything, is happening to preserve it. It would be a shame to see it go to ruin.

Daffodil and Dave O'Dill (Lorry driver)

I started filming the local heron, but after seeing him/her tucking one leg up, i realized it was resting.

I thought I was seeing things when about a dozen birds started swooping over the river, but once a couple settled on the overhead wires I knew.............the swallows had arrived.
That's it for now.
Have a nice weekend. 


  1. Stunning images. Love the wee lamb.

  2. You have beaten me to the first swallows this year. Have a good walk tomorrow.

  3. Jim! you do take me on the most incredible walks - just stunning. I wonder if you could get inside Machermore Castle for a look?? Cannot believe how many elderly care facilities are in Australia - I wonder if this castle was the start of it!
    Will be thinking of you after Easter, hope the tests go well, and thank heavens the painkillers are doing their job.

  4. Oops, I meant to say elderly care facilities called "Eventide"!

  5. Glad to see you are still getting out and about Jim.
    Some lovely photos of Spring which has been hyper fast this year.


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