Monday, 9 March 2020
The Bothy Life. Wet, Wet and Wetter Still.
Ben Lomond seen from the Arrochar- Tarbet road. This was a bothy trip from a couple of months ago. The winter snow over the Scottish mountains has been very intermittent and short lived this year due to very mild temperatures and weeks of heavy rain washing any fresh snow that does arrive over the peaks into the rivers within days. Temperatures dropping below freezing level has hardly occurred this winter in the Central Belt yet the potholes forming on the city streets are as bad as ever, some of them pillow sized and six inches deep with ragged edges- a cyclist and car tyre wrecker.
Not very long it seems. More alcohol required. The soothing juice of oblivion and heavy painful mornings. Happily for me, I no longer quench my thirst in that manner these days and awake from sleep bright eyed.
On a different note just watched Born to be Wild on BBC Scotland on Sat 8:00pm. If you haven't seen this excellent series yet it's a cracking programme about wildlife coming into the Scottish SPCA's animal rescue centre, cared for by a dedicated staff. So loads of baby birds, baby seals, and a variety of injured animals getting fixed then released back into nature, including many creatures you never see close up at an early age, like tiny weasels, water voles and young otters. Well worth seeing as it's currently on every week and on i-player. Link here for that.
Another good wildlife programme at the moment is Colin Stafford- Johnson's Wild Cuba. BBC2 2nd part this Friday 8:30pm. The same guy that did The Mighty Shannon, Ireland's Wild River which was another excellent series full of beautiful photography, poetic prose, and gentle insight. Every bit as good as David Attenborough's best stuff. Link here for Wild Cuba.