Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Down to the shore and back

The sun continues to shine. We haven't had the snow that the south has had. Time to take a walk to the bottom of the garden. I haven't been down here for many months. The old ruin that stands down near the shore is even more ruinous this year - if that's possible! More trees have fallen onto the already fallen roof. It's so quiet down here, but however silent I think I'm being, one click of the camera shutter frightens much of the wild life. A heron takes off. I can see a duck but it's too far out on the water to see what it is.
Back in the garden  a tree stump slowly evolves into a jigsaw puzzle and I can see the damage done by some of the ferocious gales we had in December. It must have been an incredibly forceful gust of wind to split the tree trunk. Back to the house. We have finally, after three years of contemplation and procrastination, decided to put white wood Venetian blinds up at the windows. We've cut them to size ourselves. It's time consuming but cheaper than getting them made to measure. One down nine to go! 

14 comments:

Mac n' Janet said...

It seems strange that Scotland isn't having the same weather as England. We have blinds, I like them better than curtains, they came with the house thank goodness.

annie hoff said...

Hello Janet, I think much of Scotland has had the same weather as England, but up here almost at the top of Scotland on the north west coast we often miss the worst of the cold weather - unbelievable as it seems we benefit from the gulf stream - for how much longer though, that is the question?!

ju-north said...

A beautiful house! It should be in 'Homes and Gardens'!

annie hoff said...

Thank You Julia, but I expect that's because I only show you the good bits! Though we are getting the house finished slowly - I'm painting the cupboard under the stairs at present!

SP said...

Don't you ever miss John Lewis'?

Sometimes I really have a yen for a city fix.

SP

annie hoff said...

Hello SP! Yes, I do miss that buzz from time to time, and then we go and have a fix either in London or Edinburgh - and include the wonderful John Lewis in the itinerary!
I've always wanted though to live where it was very beautiful and peaceful and go and find noise and chaos when I wanted - not the other way round, if that makes sense.

Dartford Warbler said...

That makes absolute sense to me.

Beautiful photographs. The air looks so clear and the colours so distinct.

Brenda T said...

You have a wonderful way of capturing the beauty that surrounds you and the blinds are looking great! well done, I do so enjoy your blog.

ADRIAN said...

A wonderful set of images....you live in a wonderful place.

Linda said...

These poor whelks must have cold feet at the moment on the icy rocks!
A lot of split tree trunks here too.
I don't think I've ever seen 'your' loch so still, but perhaps it's a winter thing?

annie hoff said...

Hello Linda. When the weather conditions are right -ie. absolutely not a breath of wind, combined with blue sky and sun then the loch is like a mirror, and so clear and clean, the reflections are wonderful.
Needless to say this morning it's back to its old grey self!

Lucille said...

I was mesmerised by that glossy reflection and this morning's sunrise.

ravensdotter said...

I love your photos of the ruin and the colorful rocks! I wonder if they are a jadite, or a jasper? In my next lifetime I think I will be a geologist! :-)
We are having grey here in the Pacific Northwest also, but a couple narcissus are blooming now, and it gives me hope that spring will come.

annie hoff said...

I don't know what the rocks are. There are many types of rock here in the highlands. Some of the oldest rocks to be found anywhere are found on the west coast of Scotland - it is I've been told a geologists paradise!

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