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LOCH VENACHAR PART 2

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

DEAR DIARY, DAY 1- GOOD; DAY 2 - GOOD; DAY 3 -IFFY; -DAY 4 - TERRIBLE; DAY 5 - A BIT BETTER; -DAY 6 - IFFY.

WOULD I LEAVE IT AT THAT? NOT ON YOUR LIFE. YOU WOULD NOT BE BEST PLEASE WITH ME IF I DID, LOL.

SO, WE HAD A LOVELY RIDE OUT ON THE WEDNESDAY AND THE SUN SHONE BRIGHT AND EVERYTHING WAS GOOD. MARY HELPED ME PUT THE TENT UP AND SO IT WAS DONE IN QUICK TIME, WE UNLOADED THE CAR ALTHOUGH TRISH WAS BANNED FROM COMING DOWN AS THE SLOPE WAS A LITTLE STEEP FOR HER WITH HER STICK AS WELL AS CARRYING STUFF. AFTER THAT I WAS LEFT TO SORT EVERYTHING OUT AND GET MYSELF ORGANISED.

I HAD DECIDED THAT I WOULD NOT BE DOING ANY WORK ON THE FIRST AFTERNOON BUT RATHER I WAS JUST GOING TO CHILL OUT PLUS TAKE SOME PHOTOGRAPHS TO SHOWYOU.YOU MUST FORGIVE THE FACT THAT SOME OF THEM LOOK AS IF THE LOCH IS RUNNING DOWNHILL. IT IS PURELY THAT WHEN I HOLD THE CAMERA UP I START TO SHAKE AND OFTEN HAVE TO HAVE SEVERAL GOES BEFORE I CAN GET A HALF DECENT SHOT. ALSO, THERE IS ONE PHOTO OF THE TENT THAT IS REALLY BRIGHT. UNFORTUNATELY, AS I WAS TAKING IT THE SUN DECIDED TO REALLY SHINE BRIGHT THROUGH THE TREES AND SO I WAS TAKING THE SHOT DIRECTLY TOWARDS THE SUN RATHER THAT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. ALSO, YOUWILL SEE THAT SOME ARE REPEATS BUT I WANTED TO SHOW YOU THE DIFFERENT LOOKS OF THE PLACE ON ANY GIVEN DAY. ALTHOUGH THE MAJORITY OF THE PICTURES WERE TAKEN ON THE WEDNESDAY I DID SAVE SOME TIME DURING THE CAMP TO TAKE OTHERS BEFORE THE BATTERIES FINALLY GAVE OUT.

SO, THE FIRST THING TO WATCH FOR IS WHERE YOU PITCH YOUR TENT. THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPH IS OF THE LOCH SHORE AND IT IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME ALL THE WAY ALONG, SO YOU HAVE TO GET BACK FROM ITA LITTLE WAY IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO GET THE TENT PEGS IN THE GROUND WITHOUT BENDING THEM.


HENCE THE REASO9N WHY I PITCHED MINE HERE.
AND SINCE YOU HAVE SEEN THE TENT BEFORE I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU INSIDE MY HUMBLE ABODE.

(THIS IS WHERE I APOPLOGISE FOR THE SUN BEING IN THE WRONG PLACE, LOL).
THE SECOND THING TO LOOK FOR IS A DRY PLACE WHERE YOU CAN DRY STUFF ON A MAKESHIFT WASHING LINE, BUT MORE OF THAT LATER.

SO, THE AFTERNOON DRIFTED BY AND I ENJOYEDA LOVELY PEACEFUL AFTERNOON IN THE SUN JUST RELAXING AND DRINKLING COFFEE.

DAY 2, THURSDAY, WAS THE FIRST OF MY WORK DAYS. I AM DOING A PROJECT FORTHE CHURCH WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY RESULT IN AN ATERNATIVE HYMN BOOK. OFTEN PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW SPECIFIC HYMNS BUT THEY DO RECOGNISE SPECIFIC TUNES. A LOT OF HYMNS GET MISSED FROM SERVICES BECAUSE OF THIS. WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING IS TO MARRY THESE OFTEN UNKNOWN HYMNS WITH TUNES THAT EVERYONE KNOWS SO THAT WE CAN INCORPORATE THEM INTO OUR SERVICES. I STARTED THIS PROJECT AT HOME BUT I JUST COULD NOT GET THE TIME OR THE PEACE TO BE ABLE TO CONCENTRATE ON IT FULLY, HENCE THE REASON I WANTED TO GO ON THIS CAMP, (AMONGST OTHER THINGS, OF COURSE).

I WORKED ON THIS RIGHT THROUGH THE MORNING AND GOT A FAIR BIT ACCOMPLISHED, BUT ALL WORK AND NO PLAY..... SO AFTER LUNCH I WENT FOR A SHORT WALK AND THEN DECIDED TO TEST THE WATERS OF THE LOCH. UNFORTUNATELY, AND AS YOU WILL SEE, THE LOCH IS REALLY LOW BECAUSE IT IS THE END OF A LONG SEASON AND WE ARE WAITING FOR THE WINTER SNOWS TO COME DOWN AND REPLENISH IT. THIS MEANT THAT I COULD WADE OUT SO FAR BEFORE STARTING TO SINK INTO THE SANDY BOTTOM. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS WAS NOT SO FAR OUT THAT I COULD ACTUALLY SWIM, BUT IT WAS REFRESHING NONE THE LESS AND WAS THE FIRST OF A COUPLE OF PADDLES DURING THE CAMP. ONE OF THE THNGS ABOUT CAMPING WHRE I DID WAS THAT YOU GET VISITS FROM THE FOREST RANGERS. THEY THOUGHT I WAS STARK RAVING MAD FOR EVEN PADDLING AS THEY THOUGHT THE LOCH WAS FREEZING. HAVING BEEN BROUGHT UP SWIMMING IN MOUNTAIN STREAMS AND TARNS AS A YOUNGSTER I WAS NOT GOING TO BE PHASED BY A SCOTTISH LOCH, LOL. AS MUCH AS ANYTHING IT ALSO WASHED ME DOWN A BIT AS WATER WAS AT A PREMIUM. IT WAS THEN THAT I FORGOT WHERE I HAD PUT MY KNIFE, FORK AND SPOON ANDDESPITE AHVING THE TENT UPSIDE DOWN I SIMPLY COULD NOT FIND IT.FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS I WAS TO EAT USING A TEASPOON ONLY BEFORE FINALLY COMING ACROSS THEM AGAIN.

I DIGRESS, THOUGH. DAY 3, THURSDAY MORNING WAS A FREE ONE AS I WANTED TO GET A LITTLE EXERCISE SO I SHUT THE TENT UP AND WENT FOR A NICE STRIOLL ALONG THE WATER'S EDGE. I DISCOVERED THAT PEOLE TREAT SUCH PLACES WITH CONTEMPT A LOT OF THE TIME AND WITH NO THOUGHT. THE AMOUNT OF LITTER I CAME ACROSS WAS APPALLING ADN NO WONDER THERE ARE LITTER PATROLS SENT OUT VERY SO OFTEN. IT IS A DISGRACEAND PEOPLE LIKE THESE SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWERD NEAR TO SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. IT IS THE SAME WITH THE FIRES. SEEMINGLY EACH GROUP WANTS THEIR OWN FIRE PITS RATHER THAT USE THE ONE IN THE AREA. YOU WILL SEE THIS CLEARLY IN THE PICTURE OF THE TENT AROUND WHICH YOU WILL NOTE THERE ARE THREE OF FIVE IN THE ONE LOCALITY.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON WAS SPENT ON THE PROJECT FOR THE MOST PART ALTHOUGH I DID THE THE FIRST OF A FEW VISITS FROM THE RANGERS. APPARENTLY THEY HAD TO CHECK ON TENTS TO FIND OUT IF THEY HAD PEOPLE IN THEM OR NOT. WHEN I ASKED WHY THEY SHOULD HAVE TO DO THIS I WAS FLABBERGASTED TO FIND OUT THAT QUITE FREQUENTLY THEY COME ACROSS TENTS WHICH ARE SIMPLY ABANDONED, AND APPARENTLY THERE ARE SOME REALLY GOOD ONES AMONGST THEM. I SIMPLY COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT I WAS HEARING. TO SPEND OUT ON A TENT AND THEN ABANDON IT JUST DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME. OBVIOUSLY SOME PEOPLE HAVE MORE MONEY THAN SENSE!

WHAT I WAS FINDING WEIRD WAS THE FACT THAT BY 8PM THE LIGHT WAS FADING SO MUCH THAT BASICALLY I HAD TO USE MY TORCH. THE PROBLEM WAS THAT MY HAND HELD DECIDED TO GO ON THE BLINK AND THE ON/OFF SWITCH DECIDED TO TO WORK PROPERLY. FORTUNATELY, I HAD MY HEAD TORCH AS WELL SO I WAS STILL ABLE TO READ.

AFTER TWO REALLY GOOD DAYS THE WEATHER COULD NOT LAST AND IT STARTED TO BREAK ON THE FRIDAY. THE FIRSTSIGN WAS THE WIND. EVERY AFTERNOON AROUND 3PM THERE IS A WIND THAT COMES DOWN THE CALLEY AND STIRS UP THE WATER A BIT. IT IS QUITE STRONG BUT REALLY CAN ONLY B DESCRIBED AS A HEAVY BREEZE. NOT ON FRIDAY. TO START WITH THE SUN HAD DECIDED NOT TO APPEAR AT ALL AND THE SKIES WERE DARK AND GREY. I DECIDED THE BEST PKACE TO BE WAS INSIDE THE TENT SO THAT IS WHERE I STAYED. I WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH THE PROJECT AND ACTUALLY I GOT THE FIRST GO THROUGH FINISHED JUST AFTER LUNCH. JUST AS WELL AS WHEN THE AFTERNOON WIND CAME IT TORE DOWN THE VALLEY LIKE A STEAM TRAIN AND THE TENT REALLY SHOOK HARD. LUCKILY THERE WAS A FAIR BIT OF WEIGHT IN IT TO HELP ANCHOR IT DOWN. FINALLY THE WIND DIED DOWNAND THINGS WENT RELATIVELY QUIET FOR A WHILE. I KPT EVERYTHING CROSSED BUT TO NO AVAIL. AT AROUND 8PM THE HEAVENS OPENED SO I DECIDED TO CALL IT A NIGHT AND GO AND SNUGGLE DOWN HAVING MADE UP A COUPLE OF FLASKS OF HOT WATER SO THAT I WOULD HAVE A HOT DRINK. DURING THE NIGHT THERE WAS NO LET UP AND THE RAIN CONTINUED TO COME DOWN IN TORRENTS. I WOKE UP ON SATURDAY MORNING TO DISCOVER THAT MY TENT WAS SHOWER PROOF ONLY.

DAY 4, SATURDAYWAS NOT TOO BAD WEATEHR WISE AS THE RAIN HAD FINALLY STOPPED AND THE SUN WAS OUT AGAIN. JUST AS WELL ASDUTING TYHE NIGHT THE RAIN HAD BEEN SO HEAVY THAT THE SO CALLED WATERPROOFING COULD NOT TAKE IT AND I WOKE WITHA WET CAMP BED PLUS WET BEDDING AS WELL AS OTHER BITS AND PIECES WHERE ITEMS HAD BEEN TOUCHING THE WALLS OF THE TENT. THIS IS WHERE MY FORESIGHT AND PLANNING HAD COME GOOD AS I HAD ALREADY RIGGED UP THE WASHING LINE IN A PLACE THAT, BECAUSE OF THE TREE CANOPY, DID NOT GET WET EVEN DURING THE 'MONSOON' WE HAD EXPERIENCED.

JUST BEHIND THE GRASS THERE IS ACTUALLY A DEFINED TRACK SO IT IS NOT AS BAD AS IT LOOKES, LOL.

IT WAS NOT THE LAST TIME I WAS TO PUT THIS PLACE TO GOOD USE. I HAD TO HAVE SOMEWHERE TO DRY MY TRUNKS AND ALSO THE SHOES I WORE WHEN GOING INTO THE LOCH. I WAS NOT GOING TO GO BAREFOOT ON THAT KIND OF STUFF, BUT IN ANY CASE I HAD INVESTED IN A PAIR OF SHOES ACTUALLY MADE FOR THE PURPOSE. THIS IS WHEN THE AFTERNOON WINDS CAME IN HANDY AS THEY ACCELERATED THE DRYING PROCESS QUITE A BIT.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON WAS SPENT LITERALLY JUST CHILLING OUT. I WAS INOT UP FOR DOING ANY WORK AFTER THAT MNORING.I DID HAESOME CROSSWORD BOOKS WITH ME AS WELL SO I CONTENTED MSELF WITH DOING SOME OF THESE. IT IS AMAZING HOW QUICKLY TIME FLIESEVN WHEN YOU ARE NOT REALLY DOING A LOT.

IF I THOUGHT THINGS COULD NOT GET ANY WORSE AFTER A MORNING OF DRYING OUT SOGGY BEDDING AND STUFF, I DID NOT RECKON ON THE SATURDAY EVENING AND, AS IT TURNED OUT MOST OF THE NIGHT AS WELL. A GROUP OF AROUND HALF A DOZEN MEN APPEARED AND SET UP CAMP OSTENSIBLY ON A FISHING WEKEND. TAKING THE LOCATION INTO CONSIDERATION, THERE WAS NO WAY THEY WERE GOING TO CATCH ANYTHING OTHER THAN MAYBE A COUPLE OF SMALL FISH AT THE OUTSIDE, BUT ALTHOUGH THEY ALL GOT RODS OUT, I STILL THINK THIS WAS AN EXCUSE. COME NIGHTFALL THE FIRE WAS LIT AND THE CAMP GATHERED AND OBVIOUSLY THE BEERS WERE BROUGHT OUT BY THE CRATE LOAD I SHOULD THINK. THE EVENING STARTED OFF PLEASANT ENOUGH, ALTHOUGH WHY THEY HAD TO TALK SO LOUD IS BEYOND ME. SOUND TRAVELS FURTHER AT NIGHT ANYWAY BUT I DON'T THINK ONE OF THEM KNEW HOW TO TALK QUIETLY. AS THE EVENING WORE ON THE TALK GOT EVEN LOUDER AND THEN THE SINGING STARTED. I WOULDN'T MIND EXCEPT THAT A LOT OF IT WAS REPETITIVE AND WAS DEFINITLY OUT OF TUNE. YOU KNEW IT WAS LATE WHEN ONE OF THEM SUDDENLY DECIDED TO LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT IT WAS 4AM IN THE MORNING! NEEDLESS TO SAY I WAS NOT A HAPPY CHAPPIE AS I WAS SO TIRED AND THUS IT WAS SOMEWHAT LATER THAN USUAL BEFORE I GOT UP ON THE SUNDAY.

DAY 5, SUNDAY ACTUALLY SAW ME WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE AS I SAW THE GUYS CREEPING OUT OF THEIR TENTS AND THEY DID NOT LOOK TOO HAPPY ABOUT HAVING TO GET UP EITHER. THEY WERE NOT TALKING SO LOUDLY NOW! LOL. IT WAS WITH RELIEF THAT I SAW FOUR OF THEM LEAVE RIGHT AWAY, AND THE OTHER TWO ONLY STUCK IT OUT UNTIL LUNCHTIME. AT LEAST I WAS GOING TO HAVE A PEACEFUL NIGHT AND THUS I COULD CATCH UP ON MY MUCH NEEDED SLEEP. I CONTENTED MYSELF WITH DOING SOME CLEANING OUT OF THE TENT FLOOR AS BY NOW I THINK I HAD TRACKED IN HALF THE BEACH. I LITERALLY HAD EVERYTHING OUT SO THAT I COULD SWEEP IT ALL DOWN. YES, I DO TAKE A SMALL DUSTPAN AND BRUSH WITH ME FOR THAT VERY PURPOSE AS I HATE A FILTHY TENT. I ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE THE STUFF OUTSIDE FOR A BIT TO AIR IT. FORTUNATELY, THE WEATHER WAS KIND TO ME AND I WAS ABLE TO ENJOY A SUNNY MORNING JUST AMBLING ALONG THE SHORE AND FINALLY GETTING DOWN TO A SECOND GO THROUGH OF THE HYMNS. THIS IS WHERE I CAME UNSTUCK. I HAD EXPECTED THAT TEH SECOND GO THROUGH, WHICH WAS ABOUT ME FITTING TUNES TO HYMNS RATHER THAN TH OTHER WAY ROUND. WHAT I HAD BEEN DOING WAS LOOKING AT THE OFFICIAL ALTERNATIVES. FOR YOU WHO ATTEND CHURCH REGULARLY, YOU WILL KNOW THAT OFTEN A HYMN HAS A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT TUNES THAT ARE ALREADY LAID DOWN. WHAT IS OFTEN MISSED IS THE FACT THAT A HYMN CAN BE SUNG TO A WELL KNOW TUNE BUT IT IS NOT RECOGNISED AS AN OFFICIAL ALTERNATIVE. I WANTED TO RECTIFY THAT SOMEWHAT BUT THOUGHT THAT BECAUSE I HAD ALREADY GOT 3 FOOLSCAP PAGES FULL I WOULD NOT FIND TOO MANY. HOW WRONG WAS I? BY SUNDAY SUPPER TIME I HAD ADDED ANOTHER 2 FOOLSCAP PAGES AND HAD NOT FINISHED YET. HAD TO CALL IT A DAY THOUGH BECAUSE I HAD TO COOK SUPPER BEFORE THE LIGHT STARTED TO FADE.

BEING THE GOOD SCOUT THAT I AM, I THOUGHT I WOULD GET PREPARD FOR SUNDAY EVENINGA ND NIGHT BCAUSE I WAS NOT CONVINCED WE HAD SEENT HE LAST OF THE RAIN. WHAT I DID WAS TO REORGANISE THE TENT SO THAT NOTHING WAS TOUCHING THE WALLS ANDTHUS OWULD HOPEFULLY STAY DRY. WELL, I WAS RIGHT TO BE PREPARED AS TH RAIN DID COME AGAIN. IT WAS WHY IWAS FLABBERGASTED ONCE MORE TO SEE A CHAP APPEAR WITH TWO YOUNG GIRLS IN TOW, NITHER OF WHOM WERE ANYWHERE NEAR SCHOOL AGE. THE THING WAS THAT IT HAD STARTED TO RAIN BY THIS TIME AND YET HE CALMLY SAT DOWN AND LIT A SMALL FIRE AND HE AND THE GIRLS MERRILY TOASTED MARSHMALLOWS ON IT UNDER THE CANOPY OF ANOTHER GROUP OF TREES. WHO, IN THEIR RIGHT MIND, WOULD BRING TWO YOUNG GIRLS OUT ON A NIGHT SUCH AS THAT AND THINK NOTHING OF IT? THERE IS CERTAINLY NOTHING AS STRANGE AS PEOPLE, THAT IS DEFINITELY FOR SURE, AND SOME OF THEM WANT THEIR HEADS EXAMINED; ALSO A DEFINITE!

I DIGRESS,THOUGH. I SAT WITH TREPIDATION IN THE TENT EXPECTING THE WATER TO COMETHROUGHAT ANYTIME, AND EVN STARTEDTO SLEEP IN THE CHAIR FOR FEAR OF TURNING OVER IN BED AND TOUCHING THE TENT WALLS. FORRTUNATELY, THE RAIN DIES AWAYBY AROUND MIDNIGHT, SO I WAS ABLE TO GET INTO BED AND I SLEPT THE SLEEP OF THE JUST.

DAY 6, MONDAY SAW ME ACTUALLY GETTING UP WHAT FOR ME IS LATE. THE GOOD THING WAS THAT I WAS WARM AND I WAS DRY AND NOTHING INSIDE THE TENT SUFFERED EITHER. HOWEVER, BY THIS TIME WHAT LITTLE WATERPROOFING THERE WAS HAD REALLY BEEN WASHED AWAY. DURING THE MORNING I MANAGED TO ADD ANOTHER FOOLSCAP PAGE TO THE PROJECT BEFORE FINALLY FINISHING. I NOW HAVE 6 FOOLSCAP PAGES OF HYMNS WHICH NOW NEED TO BE COLLATED INTO THEIR VARIOUS SECTIONS AND TYPED OUT AND PRINTED IN BOOK FORM. THAT IS GOING TO TAKE A WHILE YET TO COMPLETE AND I WILL BE LUCKY IF I MANAGE IT BFORE CHRISTMAS AS I NOW HAVE A MYRIAD OF OTHER THINGS TO CONCENTRATE ON.

BY MONDAY LUNCHTIME I WAS BEGINNING TO GATHER HOPE THAT WE HAD SEEN THE LAST OF THE RAIN. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS WAS NOT TO BE. MONDAY AFTERNOON WAS A NIGHTMARE AS I HAD TO STRATEGICALLY PLACE POTS AND PANS AND BOWLS AS FINALLY THE WATER DID START TO PHYSICALLY DRIP THROUGH IN PLACES, MOST OF WHICH WERE OVER MY BED! LUCKILY I HAD ENOUGH THINGS TO BE ABLE TO KEEP MY BED DRY ALTHOUGH I WAS STARTING TO WORRY AT ONE STAGE. FORTUNATELY, MY EVER PRESENT FLASKS OF COFFEE WERE THERE TO KEEP ME GOING, LOL. MY LAST JOB BEFORE SUNDOWN WAS TO ENSURE I HAD HOT WATER TO DO ME IF I WOKE UP AND WANTED A HOT DRINK DURING THE NIGHT, OF WHICH I DID AVAIL MYSELF A FEW TIMES AS IT GETS REALLY COLD BY A LOCHSIDE. THE FIRST JOB OF THE MORNING, AFTER I HAD DRUNK MY FIRST CUP OF COFFEE AND TAKEN MY MEDS, WAS TO REPLENISH THE FLASKS. I MADE SURE THAT I HAD AT LEAST ONE FULL FLASK AT ALL TIMES.

ANYWAY, BACK TO THE SUBJECT. BY EARLY EVENING THE RAIN HAD FINALLY ABATED AND I GOT MY LAST VISIT BY THE RANGERS. THEY WERE JUST CHECKING TO SEE IF I WAS OK THIS TIME AS MY TENT HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE VARIOUS SHIFTS SO THAT THEY KNEW I WAS THERE AND HOW LONG I WOULD BE STAYING FOR. ACTUALLY, I THINK THEY WERE GLAD TO GET OUT OF THEIR VEHICLE AND STOP BY FOR A NATTER AS WE WERE TALKING FOR A GOOD 45 MINUTES IN THE END. IT TURNED OUT THAT ONE OF THEM WAS FROM NEAR WHERE WE LIVE AND KNEW OUR AREA WELL. I MANAGED TO FIND OUT FROM HIM THAT THE WEATEHR WAS NOW SET FAIR SO I WAS HAPPY THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE TO BREAK CAMP IN THE RAIN AS WELL AS BEING ABLE TO SLEEP IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT I WAS NOT GOING TO BE DROWNED OUT EITHER.

SO TO THE FINAL MORNING. THIS MORNING, WEDNESDAY. THE RANGERS WERE CORRECT. THE SUN WAS SHINING AND THE MORNING, ALTHOUGH A LITTLE BREEZY, WAS QUITE WARM, AND THE DAY WOULD ACTUALL GET WARMER STILL. KNOWING THAT MARY WOULD NOT BE UP VERY EARLY I DECIDED NOT TO GET OUT OF BED STRAIGHT AWAY MYSELF. IN THE END THOUGHT I HAD NO CHOICE. NATURE DOES NOT WAIT FOR ANY MAN, LOL. STILL, I TOOK MY TIME OVER EVERYTHING AS I HAD ALL BUT FINISHED MY READING BOOKS AND HAD LONG SINCE COMPLETED THE CROSSWORD BOOKS, SO APART FROM BREAKING CAMP I WAS GOING TO BE HANGING AROUND. IT TURND OUT TO BE JUST THE CASE AS I HAD A LEISURELY STROLL FOR THE LAST TIME ALONG THE SHORELINE AND THEN DECIDED TO ACTUALLY FINISH MY READING BOOK BEFORE DOING ANYTHING. JUST AS WELL AS I PHONED HOME AND ASCERTAINED THAT MARY AND TRISH WERE BUSY DOING A RUBBISH RUN BEFORE THEY WERE COMING TO COLLECT ME. AFTER FINANLLY BREAKING CAMP I WAS JUST POTTERING ABOUT BUT TIMED THINGS TO PERFECTION AS I WAS JUST MOVING THE STUFF TO THE PICK UP POINT WHEN I SAW THE CAR GONG PAST ON ITS WAY TO MARY TURNING IT AROUND AT THE DESIGNATED POINT. IT IS A SINGLE TRACK ROAD SO THERE ARE DESIGNATED PASSING PLACES AND JUST AT THE ONE POINT THERE IS A GATED ENTRANCE TO A PRIVATE ESTATE. I WILL POINT OUT THE MANOR HOUSE WHEN I COM TO THE RELEVANT PHOTOGRAPH, ALTHOUGH YOU WILL ONLY GLIMPSE IT IN THE DISTANCE. THE ONLY PEOPLE ALLOWED THROUGH THOSE GATES OTHER THAN THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE ARE THE BOAT CLUB PEOPLE WHO RENT A BOATHOUSE FROM THE ESTATE, CYCLISTS AND WALKERS WHO HAVE RIGHT OF WAY ALONG A TRACK TO THE NEXT VILLAGE. DESPITE THIS, YOU WOULD BE AMAZED AT JUST HOW MANY VEHICLES USE THE ROAD. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THAT THEY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WORK BOTH ON AND FOR THE STATE. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE AS I WOULD IMAGINE THAT SOME WOULD WORK ON THE ESTATE BUT WOULD BE EMPLOYED BY EMPLOYERS SUCH AS THE FORESTRY COMMISSION AND, OF COURSE, THE FOREST RANGERS.

MARY AND TRISH ARRIVED AT JUST BEFORE NOON AND BY THEN I WAS FEELING PECKISH, SO WE DECIDED TO FINISH THE DAY BY GOING BACK HOME, OFFLOADING THE GEAR , COLLECTING MUM AND GOING OUT TO DINNER, A MEASURE THAT IN THE END PROVED BOTH POPULAR AND EXTREMELY DELICIOUS. EVEN MUM WAS COMPLIMENTARY, WHICH TELLS YOU A LOT!

OK, THAT IS THE BORING BIT FINALLY OVER WITH. NOW FOR THE INTERESTING BIT; THE PHOTOGRAPHS. YOU WILL SEE THAT I AM VIRTUALLY AT THE ONE END OF THE LOCH AND YOU WILL SEE THE TRUE END WHERE THE SLUICE GATES ARE, WHICH ALLOWS A MEASURE OF CONTROL AS TO HOW MUCH WATER IS LET OUT INTO THE RIVER. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT AS WITHOUT IT, THE RIVER WOULD ACTUALLY DRY UP TO A LARGE EXTENT WHEN THE LOCH DOES GET SO LOW. SO WE START BY LOOKING AT THE END OF THE LOCH WHICH IS TO THE RIGHT OF WHERE I WAS CAMPED.




THIS NEXT ONE IS WHAT I WOKE UP TO EVERY MORNING AS IT WAS RIGHT OPPOSITE ME.

NOW WE LOOK LEFT AND DOWN THE LOCH TO THE PLACE WHERE IT BENDS.
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IF YOU LOOK TO THE VERY RIGHT OF THE LAST PHOTO YOU WILL JUST ABOUT MAKE OUT THE ESTATE MANOR HOUSE ABOUT HALF WAY UP THE SIDE OF THE HILL AND SEMINGLY SURROUNDED BY TREES.
IN THE NEXT COUPLE WE SEE THE BOAT CLUB ON THE WATER DOING A BIT OF LEARNER TRAINING.



FINALLY I WANTED TO SHOW YOU SOME OTHER SIDES OF THE LOCH. THE FIRST WAS TAKEN IN THE MORNING WHEN THE MISTS WERE JUST COMING OVER THE LOWER HORIZON PRIOR TO BEING BURN OFF BY THE SUN.

THEN THERE IS THE LOCH AT AROUND SUNSET.



THEN THERE IS THE LOCH IN THE MIDST OF SOME HEAT HAZE.



AND FINALLY, THERE IS THE ANGRY SIDE, OR AT LEAST THE BUILD UP. I WAS NOT GOING TO BE DAFT ENOUGH TO GO OUT IN THE RAIN AND TAKE PHOTOS, LOL.




NEXT YEAR I WILL BE UPGRADING MY QUIPMENT AS I HAVE, DESPITE THE RAIN AND THE 'FISHERMEN', ENJOYED MY CAMPING. IT HAS BEEN A LOVELY EXPERIENCE WHEN, AT THE PEACEFUL TIMES, YOU ARE BACK TO BEING ONE WITH NATURE. NOW THE EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN PUT AWAY FOR THE SEASON AND I WILL BE AVIDLY LOOKING FOR BARGAINS AS IT IS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR THAT THE CAMPING STUFF IS STARTING TO GET CHEAPER BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY, NOBODY WANTS TO GO CAMPING DURING THE WINTER TIME, SO GETTING RID OF SURPLUS STOCK IS THE THING BEFORE THE VENDORS JUST CONCENTRATE ON CARAVANS AND MOTOR HOMES WHICH SEEM TO SELL ALL YEAR ROUND. I ALSO WANT TO LOOK FOR PASTURES NEW AS THERE ARE PLENTY AVAILABL IN THIS BEAUTFUL SCOTTISH COUNTRYSIDE.

I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED MY LITTLE JAUNT. YES, I DID NOT DO A LOT, BUT THEN IT WAS NEVER MY INTENTION TO DO SO. I GOT THE PEACE AND TRANQUILITY THAT I WANTED, AT LEAST FOR THE MOST PART, AND THE WEATHER REALLY JUST MADE IT INTO AN ADVENTURE. WHO SAYS WE HAVE TO GROW OLD GRACEFULLY, LOL. LIFE IS JUST TOO SHORT!

UNTIL THE NEXT TIME.....
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JOYCECAIN 9/21/2013 1:45PM

    LOVED the blog. You are so fortunate to be able to go to the neatest places. It is raining here, and I am at the library. Take care. Love Joyce

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-WISPY- 9/12/2013 10:08PM

    Hey there Mac, what an adventure from beginning to end. There was not a dull moment (even if a few wet ones) :). I enjoyed reading every bit of it and feel as if I have been with you. The photos are just lovely and remind me of home. You sure got the ground work done for the new hymnal - everyone loves a tune they know and different words to go with is a good idea. All that peace and quiet - which is more or less a daily thing for me - is so much needed to replenish our spirits. Guess that's why I like activities, action and lots of people around on my little holidays. Doing something different from the norm is what makes it such fun.

Thank you for sharing in both words and pictures.

Hugs Wispy.

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LHOHLER 9/12/2013 12:49PM

    What a great break for you, thanks for sharing it with us all via this blog! Too bad about the leaky tent! I Can't tell for sure in the photos if it is the kind with a rain fly? You made good progress on the hymns it it sounds like you were very cozy, barring the damp bedding!

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CONTENTCHRIS 9/12/2013 12:28PM

    I really enjoyed the pictures so much a picture is worth a thousand words.

Yet another nice trip in my opinion.

Life can be like a box of chocolates right?

Enjoy it or poof its gone!

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ARTJAC 9/12/2013 6:07AM

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SHERRY666 9/11/2013 4:50PM

    OH MAC I LOVED IT......... WHAT A GREAT BLOG........ IT'S TOO BAD YOU GOT ALL THE RAIN... BUT IT DIDN'T SEEM TO BOTHER YOU MUCH....... I REMEMBER WAKING UP TO A WET TENT AND IT'S SO YUCKY...... YOU HAD THINGS READY FOR THIS KIND OF WEATHER WHICH WAS SUPPOSE TO KEEP YOU DRY BUT THINGS HAPPEN........ I CAN TELL BY READING THAT YOU TOTALLY ENJOYED YOUR TIME THERE AND I KNOW YOU CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK.......... BY THE WAY I LOVE THE TENT...... THAT IS SO NEAT AND LOOKS SO COMFY.. IT LOOKED LIKE A LITTLE ROOM ALL SET UP...... WHY NOT BE COMFORTABLE NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO HEY......... THE LOCH IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO CAMP....... THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PEOPLE THAT COME OUT JUST TO DRINK AROUND THE CAMP FIRE AND THAT IS AN ADVENTURE TOO.....I'M SO HAPPY YOU HAD A WONDERFUL TIME AND I HOPE IT'S HELPED TO RELEASE SOME STRESS FROM EVERY DAY LIVING....... THANKS FOR TAKING US ON YOUR TRIP WITH YOU......... YOU KNOW HOW TO WRITE REALLY WELL...

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DEE107 9/11/2013 12:32AM

    thank you for sharing Camping isnt for me hugs

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SDEHNKE 9/10/2013 5:46PM

    It's been so long since I went camping. You're making me want to go again. emoticon Some of our fondest memories were the rainy days playing cards under the canopy or the cool evenings around the campfire. emoticon
Thanks for taking me along on your trip.

Suellen


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