Saturday, 29 June 2019
Got a phone call from Anne earlier in June that she fancied a park walk and the news that daughter Belinda was free as well for a few hours was an unexpected bonus. It was during a week of rainy days and occasional heavy thunderstorms so I racked my brains to think of someplace they had not been with plenty of interest yet shelter to keep them from getting soaked. A and B are not keen on hill-walking or tramping around in a downpour usually so Balloch Country Park was a good choice with plenty of mature woodlands and meadows with the added bonus that they had not been in it before.... or visited it in the distant past...they couldn't remember which it was.
Another attractive circular walk of a few scenic miles duration that can be done separately or added on to the park outing runs from Balloch via the Lomond Shores complex on the opposite bank of the River Leven, then up the lochside to Cameron House and Duck Bay via a good path network, returning to Balloch slightly inland near the parallel A 82 but still wooded, rural and interesting. This combination of estate parkland then Lomond Shore loch side trail is a classic 5 star outing with great varied scenery. Suitable and interesting at any time of year and in any weather due to its sheltered nature.
" Poor dog." says I. "It must curl up in embarrassment every time that gets shouted at it."
This led to a discussion of weird celebrity children's names.
" You should call your children Syphilis and Chlamydia when you have them." I cheerfully informed Belinda. "I've always thought they were pretty names for girls... or ancient female Greek philosophers... or exotic flowers. Take your pick. Be the first to remodel, recycle, and re-appropriate them. Think out the box."
"Hey! Don't give her any weird ideas. She's got plenty of her own, thank you. Thrash him with a stick. " Anne scolded, pointing to a fallen branch nearby. " Hit him really hard." She turned to the dog. "Bite him boy! "
" You really need a double act," I continued undeterred. "Sooty and Sweep, Pinky and Perky, Ant and Dec. Something catchy and memorable like that. A wee female companion for Snapper perhaps. Snapper and Sarcophagus... Snapper and Sepsis... Snapper and Sargasso.. Snapper and Synchronicity....
Link here for photo interiors. Wish I'd stayed there, even for one night. Too late now :o(
See- certain words are easily transferable.
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
The Month of June is often the peak period for flowering abundance and colour. Early Summer. After that interlude many plants have flowered already so the countryside by mid summer- July and August- is mostly green.
Or...just be static instead for ten minutes as still watchfulness and micro eyed patience often brings it's own rewards and an inkling of understanding as to what's going on. Ironically, life starting out and life ending...balance each other out on the sea-saw sometimes..as these stages often share a visual connection of greater clarity, with the surroundings they exist in heightened and sharper nearer birth and death. Forced by inactivity or the fresh wonder of new sights placed directly in front of them to observe minute details in close up proximity. Sometimes no choice in the matter- static baby in push chair... geriatric in care home garden.
Smaller orange bottomed bees congregating here.... above...
Bees on Geraniums. We are all made of stars.... apparently...carbon atoms... just smaller versions now.