Saturday 29 April 2023

Catch Up

Computers - what are they like, eh? Oh, and "passwords" for stuff. Those are a pain in the arse as well.

I'm just thankful I've got a guy for that sort of thing.

In all events, here's where the new WBD - tnWBD? - has been over the last couple of weeks.

Meikle Bin:

Ben Venue:

I also recommend in the strongest possible terms the Forth Inn in Aberfoyle... 

Fine pub; fine sausages.

Saturday 8 April 2023

Sunday 26 March 2023

Five months...

 ...since the pup arrived, and throughout my tablet has sat peacefully on the bedside table - sometimes resting, sometimes charging, but always minding its own business.

The new dug might indeed be quite clever, but it seems she can't read yet.



Saturday 18 March 2023

Return to Meikle Bin

Somewhat oddly, the Forestry Commision website had said a while back that the hill would be "closed" from mid-February until 31 Mach. There was no actual explanation given, but the map they referred to suggested that the frustrated hillwalker could only go as far as what must have been a "Diversion!" sign.

I was never quite sure how the Hill Polis would have enforced that, but as things transpired it mattered not, because the embargo was removed earlier than expected - indeed just in time for one of those "the forecast is so rubbish that I'll stay local" kind of plans. So, I was there today. And it was a fine wander as it generally is, and I'm delighted to say that the Pup never missed a beat.
She comes back when you tell her, and she's sufficiently fixated on carrying sticks (natural or shamelessly mass-produced) that there feels very little chance of her haring off after an unknown scent and failing to return. Thus, it was all good. 

It wasn't until I was driving home that the penny dropped.

I must have been up Meikle Bin at least every couple of months since I first got myself a dug - pandemic lockdown draconian period apart, obviously. Sixteen-ish years at six-ish times a year is...loads. And if anyone's looking for specifics, I can say with complete confidence that in all those return visits this is the first time since that I've been to the trig point without Jorja.

Time goes by, eh? Still...

Thursday 16 February 2023


Tinternet tells you that the crossbreeding of the labrador retriever and German wire haired pointer can - if you're lucky - result in a remarkably fine HPR (hunt, point, retrieve) animal.

Now, I know that's as far away from the reason I've got her as it's possible to be, and I know she's only six months old, but there's a tiny roe deer minding its own business just down at the treeline here, and I wasn't necessarily expecting the pup's response to be "run away!!!"