Wednesday, 1 May 2019
10 Miles From Moffat. Loch Fell. 688 metres. A Hillwalk in the Southern Uplands.
With the blackthorn in bloom on bare branches without a single leaf in sight and spring in the air I received an invite from Alex to go down to the Southern Uplands on a bagging trip. "You can have a fairly easy day or a long hard one..." he offered sportingly.
It was a no brainer. These days I will unfailingly pick the easy option.
Being the Easter holidays no two hour tailback queues on the Loch Lomond road for us however and we were also the only car in the car park down here all day. With no Munros and hundreds of hills to climb in this vast coast to coast area that's not surprising. And as you can see it might not have the rugged mountains and cliffs of the Scottish Highlands but it does have, in certain places, a wild beauty all its own.
'Hey, the summit's up there!' I informed my errant companion.
'Secret bagging tick to collect.' he winked. 'Follow me.'
I decided secret bagging ticks, when they lost me hard won height, were bad news but we did find a nice hidden bridge then headed up again. Despite wearing shorts I was pleased to report no sheep ticks afterwards. Another bonus.
Watched this film- Captain Fantastic - a couple of days ago on TV and its, well... very different. A father- Viggo Mortensen in a perfect fit acting role brings up his children in a remote wilderness setting, home schooling them in isolation in an extreme manner. Although loving he is a strict disciplinarian and hard taskmaster with strong, sometimes flawed, views on society. At times not an easy watch but always interesting film throughout as it does raise many questions and illustrates how everyone, to some extent, is a product of conditioning/environment/teaching even in normal households. i.e. driven, high achievers will probably mold/influence/brainwash driven high achieving children, like wise easy going families without push- children will follow, religious parents...strong probability of religious children etc. It seems fairly obvious a concept but this film highlights it even more as it's at the extreme end of that process.
I liked it anyway. Very different and unusual. It will probably be on TV again and is worth catching. Great happy scene this. As a family hitting the city they make their own entertainment... and rules. Does not give too much of the film away and good song cover.