Wednesday, 16 January 2013

No snow, fog, ice or even rain - yet!

Yesterday we went to Lochinver.  We have the  usual winter coughs and colds and didn't much feel like a long hike. But with wall to wall sunshine we couldn't stay indoors. The scenery up along the west coast it has to be said is staggeringly beautiful in the winter sunshine. The landscape photos are straight out of the camera. The light and colours were simply fantastic. There is a view that looks out across to Stac pollaidh that melts my heart and takes my breath away each time I see it.
I keep thinking it will snow, but apart from the occasional flurry at ground level, the snow stays up in the hills.
We listened to the traffic news on the radio and learnt about hold ups on the roads due to the snow and ice. Here the roads stayed clear of snow - and clear of everything really, apart from us.
I'm preparing myself for the really really cold winter weather by knitting a hat and scarf. "Ronnie's hat and scarf." I don't know how Ronnie got on with it, the hat was simple enough but a nice lady on You Tube had to show me how to knit an i-cord. She told me the 'i' stood for idiot It's like a bit of French knitting with a bobble on top. My dear husband says my hat looks like a joker's hat (I think he means a jester's hat)  The scarf has eighteen i-cords with bobbles - I might modify the pattern a bit! The wool comes from a North Ronaldsay sheep and both the wool and pattern came from Sheepfold. My hat doesn't quite look like the one in the pattern, I think it's because I haven't blocked it into shape yet - I'm relying on my head to do that!

12 comments:

ADRIAN said...

It is incredibly beautiful.

Jackie said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Oh you are so lucky to have that wonderful scenery. Great photographs. Love the hat, I think it will suit you and definitely keep your head and ears warm. Perhaps you should knit Niels a similar one!!

Love to you both, Jackie.xx

ju-north said...

We recognize those views! - beautiful with or without snow!

kristieinbc said...

Those pictures are absolutely stunning! And I love the hat and scarf pattern!

Mac n' Janet said...

Stay safe and warm, love the hat, I crochet, but haven't a clue how to knit.

Down by the sea said...

The light and colours are fantastic in your images even without the snow!
Sarah x

S. Etole said...

The colors are stunning; so much beauty there.

What a fun hat and scarf.

Molton Hearts said...

Weather is bad its even snowed in north Devon !!!

happy new year


vicki

Doohie said...

Another three cords and it could be an octopus hat. I like it. Love the photos.

Linda said...

It's very strange, isn't it, to watch the rest of the country being covered by snow. Although I'm not really wishing for it, it somehow seems not quite right that they should be getting it.

Your photos have reminded me again what gorgeous winter colours there are on the West coast.

old_black said...

Holy cow! It's not only beautiful, but it's free of gawking tourists admiring the beauty (in front of the camera, anyway). That first lake image just left me completely speechless.

christinelaennec said...

The stillness and the colours are so stunning - and you have snow on the mountaintops at least.

Over 10 years ago we visited Lochinver and I loved the mosaic on Highland Pottery that was done by Kaffe Fassett from broken pieces of their pottery. I wonder if it's still there?

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