Saturday, 31 January 2015

Selling Scotland by the megawatt

I came upon this unusual obstruction while doing one of my 'fisul path inspections. It's our local contribution to the Beauly - Denny Interconnector.This is the upgraded transmission system designed to take the wind generated electricity from the Wild Land ( and some merely Slightly Annoyed Land) to where people use it, and ultimately onward to the barren wastes of Englandshire.

If you have travelled the A9 recently, you will have seen ample evidence of the relative size of the new pylons and the construction infrastructure.Locally, all strands of political opinion were united in requesting that the line be undergrounded ( a word, apparently) where it crosses the flat land of the carse, but apparently this would have been an unbearable burden on the dividends payable to the goatherds and flamenco dancers who own "Scottish" Power. To be fair, they did offer to paint the pylons in a more environmentally sensitive colour.

This used to be a pleasant, if boggy, little wood, with orchids and stuff. It will probably recover.
Now, I'm not against pylons per se ( little bit of French, there) . I would be lying if I said that a line of pylons looming out of the fog has never helped to correct a minor temporary locational anomaly, but this thing is just taking the piss.


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Now you see it.......

Having worked out hat the problem with youtube clips was to do with Flash ( the iPad problem was the clue), I updated my version and lo (and behold) the devils music was displayed unto me in IE. Then it wasn't. Then it was again.
It's probably dirt in the carburettor 
No, I haven't been doing much walking - we've had lots of rain and I don't want to get my £400 jacket wet.
Any one got any ideas about the current title pic ? I know at least one of you has been there.

Monday, 5 January 2015

A frosty carse

Well, you asked for it and here it is - an outdoor post with an outdoor pic ( atmospheric is, I think, the word you are looking for)
The Carse of Stirling from Drumbrae. About 400ft (ma hoose is about 40ft asl) so a quite pleasing "small step".
With luck, what will follow will be a series of familiar local "targets" as I run through what is, I think, the third attempt at this self-set rehab programme since I started blogging.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Situation normal.....

It appears that there has been a slight overrun on the essential engineering work currently being carried out on the blog.
I would like  personally to apologise to passen readers who have been inconvenienced and can assure them that I will be forgoing the large bonus to which I am fully entitled.
Over Christmas, I had hoped to get some assistance from the 7 year old, but although apparently a master of something called Minecraft, he found Blogger totally incomprehensible. And the 38 year old seemed totally preoccupied with some unusual activity on the Singapore stock exchange.
However. I can now give it some welly. Picture to crop and resize, some text colour changes, update information, add new people to bloglist etc.
Strangely, in the new template, all the existing video clips have vanished when viewed in IE, but are stll there in Firefox.
Heres a new one to see what happens.

Now, this, I hear you say, is all very well, but wasn't there supposed to be some outdoor content on this blog? My, what a good memory you have.
Well, thing is - over the years I seem to have laid waste to several key parts of my body which the medical “profession” keep attempting to patch up. The latest debacle involved being off my feet and confined to the house for a four week period prior to Christmas. Fret not. Back out street walking, so watch this space.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Work in progress

Fresh from the success ( and I use the word in it's uniquely Scottish sense ) of my Christmas charity appeal, I will now start bugg  implementing a carefully planned strategic remodelling of the blog.
This will probably result in some faux posts. And possibly some faux pas. But hopefully no mauvais pas.

Here's something religious for Christmas.

You gotta move

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

A Christmas Message


Well, it's almost here again - the time for feeling merry and gay.
Our Reader Demographic Research Team tell me that many of you will spend Christmas with your children and grandchildren in the bosom of your family. Some of you may spend it in other bosoms.
Whatever. Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy.

* I wanted a Christmas Carol themed post, and when I googled Tiny Tim I got this.What the Dickens !!


Look out for Cumbernauld bus station in the video.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

We have a winner !

And it is.....(fumbles with envelope) …. Danny ! Within an hour of the post going up he had the answer complete with grid reference and latitude/longitude. I suspect he somehow used yon internet, but that wasn't prohibited so, after a steward's enqoiry, the result stands (subject to passing the usual drugs test). So a crisp tenner will be whizzing its way through the ether to Mind in his name.
Alan Rayner also got the correct answer (twice), but his finger wasn't quick enough on the buzzer.Dave had a good attempt – I know what he was thinking about, but I can't remember the name either – and Scott entered into the spirit of the thing with a wild guess. Mike of course, knew, but was ineligible ( it's not a stigma these days ) Good game, good game.

So, if you didn't win, here's your chance to get yourself a warm fuzzy feeling in time for Christmas. Just get out the plastic (credit/debit/library/bus pass) click on this link and Bob's your auntie's live in partner.


Why ?
1.Mental health issues affect every family in the land – Mind ( and SAMH in Scotland) do great work in a hugely underfunded area.

2.If you are reading this, odds are you read the Pieblog. Good value, innit ? Averages 3 posts aweek – you get a bit of a titter (sic) and useful walk routes, plus loads of helpful hill lore based on a lifetime's experience (I'm not overdoing this, am I ,Mike ? No, keep going MK.) And dog pics.All this would cost you about £400 a year in the Daily Telegraph!!. So, cash that 10/- postal order you got for Christmas and do the decent thing.

3. Well, I had hoped you wouldn't make me do this.....

No more Mr. Niceguy

What ? Where is it ? Ah, yes.
It's the Three Brethern near Selkirk. The cairns mark the meeting point of three estates ( Philiphaugh, The Yair and another one I can't remember). They sit on the route of the old Minch Moor drove road along the ridge between Tweed and Yarrow.The Southern Upland Way partly follows this route . The picture, scanned from a print, was taken sometime in the mid-80's on a day walk from Gala to Innerleithen.Lovely Borders landscape, hoaching with history and soon to be improved by the obligatory windfarm.