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Monday, 13 July 2015

Out and about for Weekend Walkies

 Well, that was a busy weekend. 
It was my hubby's birthday too... and no I couldn't possibly divulge his age because that would reflect badly on me, in more ways than one.
But I can reveal that this is one of three photograph's that I took on our morning woodland walk.
I didn't think my hubby would appreciate the other two photo's, because the light reflects off his head!
This would come as a complete shock to him... bless 
So I thought I'd leave him in denial... ignorance is bliss.
In fact, when I look back over the weekend we were out for most of the time in one form or another. 
Although the weather wasn't sunny, at least the temperature had risen (slightly) so it was quite pleasant to get out and about. 
It's been quite some time since I have been on a bike ride, so when my hubby suggested it, I can't say I was chomping at the bit.
He's a very keen cyclist, so I knew it would be a challenge because we live in rather a hilly place and my lungs just couldn't take it... never mind my legs. 
But he explained that there was a perfect cycle path not too far away... and it is on the flat too!
It's called 'The Deeside Way', or as it is sometimes called, 'The Royal Deeside Line'
This cycle path is the old railway line that linked Aberdeen to Banchory. 
The route is generally well surfaced with ash or tar now making it ideal for cyclists.

It's also used by pedestrians, dog walkers, horse riders and cyclists of all abilities.
Even old girls like this one...
(I'm not sure I'm happy about posting my rear view)
I have to confess that I nearly ended up in the ditch on quite a few occasions, much to my hubby's dismay. Not because of my lack of proficiency on my part... basically I was too busy being nosy peeking into the back gardens of some of the most affluent homes on the North Deeside Road.
It was a very tranquil ride which offers some great views over picturesque countryside and the River Dee... with the added bonus of hardly a gradient in sight. 
 My kind of bike ride!

But don't forget we're in the middle of summer (slight sarcastic tone here) and look at the sky below as we came to the end of our ride. 
We've had some incredible rain, so we took no chances and made a mad dash home. 
One day last week there were flash floods which accompanied the thunderstorms. 
Some photo's even made it on to the national news with cars virtually floating away. 
Thankfully, I'm glad that we live quite high up... it may not be the best for cycling, but it's certainly safer when the heavens open.
Aberdeen (the Granite City) has masses of chimney pots. 
I've counted 24 on one particular building alone. 
Imagine back in the day having the misfortune to be the maid of the grand residence that had to clean them out daily.
I have enough trouble with my two wood burners... thank you very much!

Here's Muffy taking a nosy peek into someone's garden. 
I wonder who she gets that from? 
To finish off the weekend... nature gave us a beautiful sunset.
Unfortunately, the incredible light doesn't show up on this photo as much as I'd have liked.
It looked like the sky had a live electrical wire of white, yellow, orange and red running across it. 
It's difficult to describe but it was so vibrant and intense. 
Truly a brilliant spectacle.
So what does the week have in store for you?
I'd love to hear all about it...
Personally, I'm hoping for more sun, warmth, painting, gardening, and fun to name but a few... 
Hope to see you again soon 


  1. You live in such a beautiful area Denise. Like you, I don't 'do' hills and as my knees are 'shot' I don't cycle very far, very often at all, but I do enjoy going out with Wee Man for a short way.
    I hope we get some more Summery days before it's all over. {{Hugs}} xox

    1. Well that was the first and possibly the last bike ride going by weather alone!
      I'll not dwell on this Arctic blast that bringing showers every time I look out of the window and my washing needs to be on an elastic. I've put it out and back in again so many times today, it's not funny!
      I'm thinking that if I ever do go out on the bike I need one of those that have a little engine on them... that way I can do hills and pop the engine on whenever I need a little more umph!
      (I'd probably have it switched on the whole time though, which wouldn't be the object of the exercise.
      Playing catch up with being away last week which you'll probably know all about after your trip.
      Speak soon... have a great week

  2. Lovely lovely pics and story. Thank you for taking us along for a wee cycle ride. :) Summer is most definitely here in Daytina Beach...101F yesterday! With a 20 minute down pour which only increased the humidity and discomfort level. The Girls and I stayed indoors in blissful cooling ac. Have a wonderful week, Neesie. I'm hoping to get into the studio after some cleaning today. Hugs to all including Ms. McMuffy. ;)

    1. This post seems so long ago now but it was my pleasure to take you along with us Nan,
      Weather (which I won't dwell on) is awful. 101F sounds just a little too much for me. Just a little warmer than this 12 to 14 degrees would be nice.
      I've been away so no art and I'm trying to play catch up but hope to pop over to you soon. Hope all's well with you and the girls.
      Have a great week

  3. Neesie, Neesie I'm sure that would have been a halo reflecting off your dearest husbands head... Although I think he got his own back by taking the from behind view of cycling which for most people could have been a mistake, but I would say you carry it off with such style and not a hint of a wobble on your wheels... You go Girl, tour de Scotland here you come :)
    Did you notice I am visiting you from Vanuatu, I am hoping that's a first on your map of visitors!
    Have a happy week
    Wren x

    1. Oh bless you Wren... he is going to love you ;D
      Yeah I never thought about the rear view of me... Don't tell me I have a bald (cough) halo too!!!!
      I have to tell you that my dearest husbands (never called him that before) was very impressed with my cycling ability. Just a few wobbles nosing into the gardens but other than that I gave him a good run for his money. We went about 16 miles before turning back so approx. 32 miles. Have to admit rear was slightly saw for a few days but didn't tell anyone so that bit of info is just between you and me.
      As I mentioned earlier I did see your little red sticker from Vanuatu. It''s very commendable for you to travel the globe to visit me in order to make a map entry.
      Who knows where you'll pop up next.
      Have a great week and no doubt we'll chat again soon
      Say 'Hi' to Mr Wren and all your chicklets.


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