October 16, 2007


I’m catching up on my photos. It must have been a tough year, I’ve just noticed I haven’t even posted our March hillwalking photos…. here they are – ULLAPOOL and some more… PRAIANO

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April 5, 2007


You would never believe it but we had amazing weather in Scotland last weekend. Not a cloud in the sky…
The hillwalking went well, as far as I could tell from the limping I observed on Sunday, the drinking went well based on the overt trading of headache pills I witnessed during breakfast on Sunday morning. All in all a true Scottish success story.

Sunday had us zooming back to Glasgow in time to share a bottle of wine with a French expat chez Joanne & Dirk, pop a bottle of champagne at Julie’s and enjoy a feast at Mother India’s for dinner. We did well, the wine, the champagne and curry’s were all gobbled down and we were tucked into bed by 11pm, snoring by 11.06….

Pictures HERE (Note: I haven’t edited them yet, so you have ALL the pictures…)

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February 20, 2006


See that dam in the distance?

That’s where Maddie & I got to on our hillwalk…. 400 metres high & over 12 miles in distance! Not bad considering we usually walk around the hill to avoid any incline at all. Michelle and Dave bagged the munro. Of course (hence the picture…).

Mad & I are like the walking wounded, sore hips, sore shins – even the bottoms of my feet are sore. Only natural really. We were walking on hard compacted ground (a road!) they were walking in lovely soft snow!

More pictures here….

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February 7, 2006

Isle of Mull: Salen Hotel

We had a great weekend away in Mull. The Salen Hotel was the perfect choice for a group. The rooms were lovely, the food was fine and the staff were extremely friendly. There was a pool table, a juke box and two bars – what more could one ask for? If that was not enough, they even organised a cab in the form of a mini-bus to take us all into Tobermory for dinner one night. We were dropped off at one pub for dinner, and picked up at another after (a few!) drinks. Perfect.

I understand the hillwalking went fine. There are a variety of graphs and charts available for those of you who want to reduce the lovely walk up a hill on a sunny day to a series of numbers and figures and percentages, but for the rest, suffice to say it didn’t rain, no-one got injured, the champagne at the top of the hill was quaffable and the whisky was a brilliant idea! Robert has officially completed all 284 Munros in Scotland, and Karen & Colin have now completed their first. We’re all extremely lucky to have had such dry weather on Mull in February, and even luckier that there was no snow or worse, ice, at the top of Ben More.

Even Maddie & I had an enjoyable day, albeit at the bottom of the hill. We were heading for a walk to the Carsaig Arches, but were delayed en-route to spend some time with a local farmer who was supplementing his animals food by stopping and giving food to all his sheep, cows and highland ponies. I’ve never seen sheep gunning it down the road at the sound of a car horn tooting. Most disconcerting! We did however, manage a little walking. We headed off to see Mackinnons Cave, although had we managed to make it past all the deep, thick mud on the farm before reaching the cliffs, we would have found out that the tide was too high for us to enter the cave anyway…. never mind, we used our wits to get around the mud, and we had a short walk along the cliff with wonderful views out to the Island of Staffa before heading back to Craignure to pick up Dave who was on the 12.45pm ferry. Being 3 Aussies alone on Mull in the afternoon, we ventured off to visit Macquarie’s Mausoleum where we were advised quite specifically that Macquarie had earnt the title ‘Father of Australia’ from his 12 years in Sydney as Governor. Imagine finding out that Mr Macquarie, after whom the bank, the university, the street and a variety of other spots & businesses were named, was actually born on Mull. Small world huh?

(pictures will follow, probably tomorrow…)

That done. We’re back in Glasgow and looking forward to 6 full weeks before heading away again, this time to Pakistan. There may be the odd few days now and again when Michelle will zip off to France for business, but all in all we’re grounded here in an attempt to save some cash to cover our trip to Pakistan. I’m quite happy about it, if only I could stop reading the travel sections of the Saturday & Sunday papers!

Netball this afternoon, oh joy! Pakistan embassy tomorrow…

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November 28, 2005

the fresh outdoors

We went on our last hillwalk for the year, walking from Aberfoyle to Callendar – an 8 mile stroll in the blustery but relatively dry conditions on Saturday. It was actually a very pleasant walk. Flat, stomping through mud, across moors, by lochs, through forests all with magnificent scenery surrounding us. Madeline and I took the 8 mile option, Michelle and Dave opted for 14 miles of the same. Very pleasant.

The day ended with a few final rounds in the Bridgend Pub, a couple of strange bets and 1 good and 1 not so good game of rugby on the telly…

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November 4, 2005


It’s hillwalking time again. I know, that came around fast didn’t it? You see, we (?) decided to add another hillwalk into the middle of our regular monthly excursion making it TWO hillwalks in November instead of the usually tiresome one.

Can you tell I’m thrilled?

Difference is, this time we’ve rented a house with a group of other like minded people from Thales, that is, other excitable hill climbers, and we’re spending the weekend at the end of the road in Glen Clova which is somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the middle of Scotland. I’ve been packing for days.

“What if they don’t have the right pot for Risotto?”. Bring my own.
“What if they don’t have nice wine glasses to drink the ’97 Cigare Volant?” Pack 5 of ours.
“What if it just rains continually like it does in Scotland?” Bring some books.

I’m so over prepared we barely fit into our little Clio and I haven’t even done the grocery shopping yet.

Since we’re taking everything else, I managed to sneak in the cake tin and 12 plums to make that yummy fresh plum cake I made for Marie Gagnons* birthday this year…

Ahhh hillwalking…

* since we’re thousands of miles away, we had to eat it on her behalf and just tell her how good it was….

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