Monday, 30 March 2015

Catching up...

Sorry for being a bit of a slacker of late on here, but there really hasn't been that much to report on with one thing and another.

Today however I got out to look at a new walk out west and in between the hail and sleet showers took a couple of photos for you...

Looking out over the Loch of Watsness towards Foula in the distance...


And looking out towards Foula through Trea Wick, but Foula's in the middle of a hail storm...


And The Loch of Goster which the new walk will go around...



The only other things of note have been getting in some road miles on Genny, my road bike...


I need to be able to manage 80km on the lumpy bumpy route of the Simmer Dim Sportive by 20th June. I've been getting up to mid 50's but it's a bit of a challenge. Still there's time to go yet. Lately the high point has been meeting a friend at Bonhoga Gallery to ride from there and return to a mug of coffee and a lovely cheese scone, yum!


Clare and Beren both have bikes now, so a little family ride has been nice when the weather allows. Not far, just a few miles, but that's more than enough for Beren for now...

Berry Road, Scalloway...


Ness of Westshore and Maa Ness, Scalloway...



Ooo.... and some lovely fish and chips at The Knab in yesterdays evening sun!


We go away soon for a 2 week car camping tour of the north west of Scotland. Orkney, Hoy, John O' Groats, Durness, Cape Wrath, Torridon, and the Cairngorms. So watch this space for some photos from our tour; assuming we don't freeze to death...

Friday, 20 March 2015

Solar Eclipse

After lots of waiting the day of the eclipse arrived. 98% totality forecast for here, the best in the UK, but the weather kept us all on edge!

In the end I got to see the eclipse though gaps in the cloud and the odd shower. To be fair the thinner cloud probably made it a bit easier to see. Any way no more for us until 2090, so I would expect it's my last!

Here's a few photos and a short video of the event...














Saturday, 14 March 2015

What a beautiful day yeh!

Friday 13th, unlucky for some,but not for me!

Friday was a lovely day, a bit windier than I'd have liked but a good choice for a day off. I drove over to Park Hall near Bixter and set off for a 40km ride out to the Dale of Walls, around to Burrastow and a few other places.


Just over two and a half hours of hilly riding later I was back at the car and well and truly shattered. 2 mars bars, 2 muller rice, a clif bar and a couple of bottles of water and I was still exhausted and pretty dehydrated. A great ride though. If only I didn't need to up my mileage to 80km for the Simmer Dim Sportive!

After a lazy afternoon of recovery it was out again for South Mainland Up Helly Aa or SMUHA  It was an amazing evening with clear skys, stars galore and no wind as the squads processed to St Ninina's beach for the burning of the galley. This year led by the first lady Guiser Jarl which adds a bit of (un-necessary) controversy. A poll on whether women should be able to be Guiser Jarls in Lerwick is currently running at 69% in favour.

We did have tickets for Cunningsburgh Hall, but our baby sitters son had a stomach bug. As it happens I wasn't exactly jumping at the thought of a long night dancing after my ride!

Here's a few photos from the procession...









And a short video of the proceedings...


And that's that for Up Helly Aas for 2015. Hopefully I'll get to an isles one next year...

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Taking advantage of a spell between the weathers

The mix of windy, wet and sleety weather has continued far too long! I seem to manage to get out occasionally for a walk or a ride, but nothing of any significance as the wind has hardly left us this winter and neither has the rain.

Having said that I got out for an hour or so this morning around Sundibanks on the bike.


It was a mix of riding, trying to ride and pushing due to the waterlogged ground and lack of traction. My fitness possibly didn't help either, but that's OK the bike is a multi-purpose mode of transport and sometimes that means an all-terrain zimmer frame for me!


I had intended to go along the hills to Wester Quarff and back along the road, but the wind on top was too strong. I just couldn't ride in a straight line and follow the sheep tracks. Eventually I decided to cut it short and enjoy a nice descent on the way back home.

Here's a short video of my trip out.


Hopefully the weather will improve enough in the near future that I can get out for some decent walks and ride along with a camp or two!