Last of the Summer Wine

Is it just me, or at this time of year do you also head out at the first hint of decent weather to catch the last of the warm sunshine before the gloom of winter grips us for the next few months.

I hate cold weather and dark days and in winter find myself counting the weeks until the end of March when we can expect decent weather again. And to those people who go on skiing holidays - no, sorry, why would anybody pay to go somewhere cold, it just makes no sense to me.

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ShirleyM's picture

You forgot my bikes :)    1 thanks

ShirleyM | | Permalink

I rode bikes from 16 yrs old until I was in my twenties  .....

... and how dare you compare me, as I am a sensible, capable, driver, and who has never ever had a single point on her licence, to Jeremy Clarkson??? The cheek of it!!!

Jeremy could put all the insurance companies out of business single handedly! Maybe the sensible insurance companies PAY him NOT to use their companies ;)

 

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WERE MY EARS BURNING?    2 thanks

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ShirleyM wrote:

Scary guys in scary black cloaks and carrying a scythe (well I have read a lot of Terry Pratchett lately!)

 

 

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Haha ... great piccy John    1 thanks

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Do you think you could bob round to my house and cut the paddock for me? It's getting out of hand since the horses went!

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had to wait ages to get a word in    2 thanks

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Shirley Austria ist sehr schone im vinter. As far as Scotland is concerned we have a motorhome and have visited Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Invermorriston (Loch Ness), Perth but by far the best was Aviemore (-23c). Stunning doesn't even come close. We have on the agenda Northern Lights in Norway and St Petersburg.

Paper rounds in the winter weren't too much to look forward to and I don't remeber having any days off school through the winters of the early 60's.

By the way I learned to drive in a Reliant Robin (with reverse) and an NSU Prinz.

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I'LL SEND BINKY ROUND    2 thanks

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ShirleyM wrote:

Do you think you could bob round to my house and cut the paddock for me? It's getting out of hand since the horses went!

HE COULD DO WITH A CHANGE OF SCENE - LOL

 

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Oh ... so many good responses ... I feel honoured :)    1 thanks

ShirleyM | | Permalink

@johnjenkins ... you are making me nostalgic. We had a brilliant time in Aviemore, and I envy you your trip to see the Northern Lights.

My Reliant had reverse gear (I was very posh!) but once I had learned to reverse it, I found it unnatural to reverse a car that was straight from front to back, instead of at an angle. This, however, got my stubborn streak going and I became quite a pro at reversing anything and everything!

@John McLane ... Binky is a class horse! Please bring him round and forget to take him home again :)

EDIT: Ooops .... should I have said 'PLEASE BRING BINKY' ...  or is it just you that uses caps, and I can't use caps unless I am pretending to be you????  :)

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ShirleyM

Lord Lucan | | Permalink

ShirleyM

 I became quite a pro at reversing anything and everything! 

 

 

So many comments spring to mind - but I'll get called a sexist chauvenist pig if I make them, so I'll resist :)

I think I've backed a few horses trained by you over the years because I swear they must have been running backwards.

 

 

 

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YES    2 thanks

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ShirleyM wrote:

EDIT: Ooops .... should I have said 'PLEASE BRING BINKY' ...  or is it just you that uses caps, and I can't use caps unless I am pretending to be you????  :)

CAPITALS ARE MY TRADE MARK

 

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OK :)    1 thanks

ShirleyM | | Permalink

Everything is back to normal now!

I'm getting told off again so I feel quite at home, as this is the scenario that I have become so familiar with (although I fail to see what I do wrong as I am so polite, friendly, and full of fun).  :)

Does anyone think I should stop disagreeing with people and just agree with everyone about everything, even though I would look a total wally? Votes on a postcard, please :)

To the fearsome John McLane ... I promise to leave caps for your use alone ...

@LL ... I promise not to train any more racehorses. I was never any good at training for the racetrack anyway, but only because I only ever managed to get hold of 'failed' racehorses!

... they were pretty good at dressage & jumping though :)

 

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Be true to yourself    2 thanks

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Always be true to yourself Shirley - if your opinion is completely different to someone else's that's fine, if they aren't mature enough to accept that people are different then that's their problem not yours. And as for horses - no such thing as a failed racehorse, just a racehorse that came last a lot! And they obviously had other talents which other racehorses didn't :)

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Talking of horses ....    2 thanks

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I wonder if the eventer belonging to 'one who shall not be named' recovered after it's fall!

Hi    1 thanks

sarah douglas | | Permalink

Hi

Autumn and winter are my favourite in Scotland .   I don,t know why but the autumn and winter just bring the countryside to life, and you know what to wear. I always want to walk in the winter.   I love my weekend trips to aberfoyle  and Loch Katherine and Loch Lomond.

It also has Halloween and Christmas my favourite time and love the atmosphere of town . Rugby season starts 

I love the low December sun and usually walk every day to clients along the canal.

It is holiday week this week so hopefully heading north to  Wester Ross to the Torridon mountains and Loch Maree.   I think if you live in Scotland, this also the time you enjoy friends coming to see you as the scenery is at is best , it is beautiful during summer but nowhere as striking.

Shirley you should visit Wester Ross and Ross shire .  I think you would  be blown away.

 

 

 

 

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I googled Wester Ross Sarah :)

ShirleyM | | Permalink

It looks absolutely glorious ... but then I don't need much tempting where Scotland is concerned :)

There looks to be lots to do that would interest me, and you have reminded me about autumn colours. I love visiting any large garden in autumn just to see the trees.

Nature is so fascinating, so spectacular ... and so close at hand, wherever you are :)

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Wester Ross looks lovely

John McLane | | Permalink

I still remember driving from Fort William to Drumnadrochit  some 30 years ago and my breath being taking away by the rugged beauty of the area, especially around Ben Nevis. I do like a rugged landscape - matches my personality :o) - and the Wester Ross area looks even more so, not sure if my eyes could cope!

I went off Scotland a bit when a horse kicked me in the Trossachs though!

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Why trail all that way

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Why trail all the way to Scotland (unless you already live there) when there are just as spectacular views to be found in parts of Yorkshire, the Peak District, the Lake District, and of course, Wales.

 

Snowdon

 

Hi Lord Lucan 

sarah douglas | | Permalink

Hi Lord Lucan 

You are right about all the places you have mention , having been to them all, they are all extremely beautiful .   I not sure why you would suggest .  Why travel up to Scotland when you have all these other spots.  Its a bit like saying why bother going to Snowden if you live in Scotland or why go to the lake , peak district.  I am not sure many Welsh or English would agree with that.

As Shirley says there is so much for all of us too see near enough to where we live.

But I have to say coming from Dublin and not Scotland so there is no bias. 

None of this areas cover anything like the land mass  and constant miles of stunning views that Wester Ross towards Ullapool and Skye  does.   

I gave up trying to take pictures as we are talking miles and miles of landscape in an area I feel is stunning in beauty.   I am not even sure most Scottish people realise the vast amount of area this covers and been able to go and see the Cullins in Skye while up there just feels is so isolated and quite. 

The main thing is though that you do not have anything like the traffic of the other places you mention , which for me spoils it when there are so many cars.   

Anyway the main thing is to enjoy the countryside during the winter as it can be very striking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sarah douglas

Lord Lucan | | Permalink

sarah douglas

The main thing is though that you do not have anything like the traffic of the other places you mention , which for me spoils it when there are so many cars

 

Try central Wales - and by central I mean basically anywhere more than 5 miles from the coast. Miles and miles of mountains with few roads and fewer cars.

 

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The beauty of your wonderful island    2 thanks

John McLane | | Permalink

Is that it is all so beautiful, you can drive for a day and see just about every landscape under the sun - back home you drive for a day and don't even reach the next town!

Majestic Yr Wyddfa is glorious, in fact it is my spiritual home, 

I especially love the miners track ascent round the deep and brooding Llyn Llydaw and the mirrorlike Glaslyn, but it is like a child next to the mighty Nevis, which dwarfs it by nigh on a thousand feet as it guards the spirits of sad Glen Coe

But then, I love the craggy coves of Cornwall, we took this when we visited Boscastle a couple of months before the tragic floods.

On my doorstep are the rolling hills of Surrey,

and the lush green Weald of Kent.

For the more adventurous are the wild North Yorkshire Moors, and the Penine Way for the real stalwart. I spent many a family holiday in this area and once seen you can never forget the wonder that is High Cup Nick

Not far from Cow Green Reservoir, and the raging torrent that is Cauldron Snout

But it doesn't have to be rugged to be beautiful, the tranquil Somerset levels and the lonely Tor at Glastonbury, long since separated from the sea have an mystical calm where the spirits of the long since departed passed through the gates to Avalon.

And travelling north the Cotswold hills gaze towards Wales

over the vast flats of the Severn estuary, home of the mystical bore.

Equally fine is the oft wet and windy lakes and fells of Cumbria, brought so vividly to life by the late great Wainwright, (and where you get the best gingerbread in the world)

or the rambling Ashdown Forest, where if you are quiet you may glimpse a look at Pooh and Piglet on their way to the bridge for a game of Pooh Sticks. Unfortunately few trees remain as our Roman guests felled them all to smelt iron ore.

Further on Shirley would like it where  the chalky downs thrust steeply up from the Sussex plains as there are many and varied bridle ways along the ridge with glorious views  south to Brighton, Peacehaven and Newhaven, and on over the sparkling brine.

To the north the vast panorama embraces all of Sussex and Surrey and on over the Great Smoke and beyond to the Chiltern Hills

(Had to do big as I took on my phone and too dark if done smaller)

A personal favourite of mine is the peak district where the great plateau of Kinder Scout stands sentinel over the outcropping millstone grit, and the mineral bearing limestone hills

Below Mam Tor the caverns are worked nearly bare by thin gaunt miners who toiled in cramped and dangerous passages to free the unique "Blue John" fluorite, 

and nearby the road is carved through the  spectacular Winnats Pass , discovered by accident one January when travelling to Wigan to see Chelsea thrash them in the FA cup, and having missed the M6 (I was young and the signs said "The North" - after all once you get past Watford Gap it's irrelevant anyway :o) ), then had to cross the Penines from Sheffield to Manchester, with kick-off ticking nearer every mile , thankfully it was a mild winter and only a smattering of snow was on the upper hills!

 

as nature finally defeated man with the oft attempted old road finally being abandoned .

In the east of the land are the vast lavender fields of Norfolk

and the glorious Suffolk countryside captured so well by Constable.

The whole island has wonderful, beautiful scenery, above is just a small selection, all worth a visit, none better than the others, just different, but each with their own unique charm and allure. 

 

 

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@John McLane    1 thanks

ShirleyM | | Permalink

Fabulous photos. Thank you for taking the trouble to share them  :)

So many beautiful places, and none of the journeys are that great compared to the vast distances needed to travel the USA.

 

Hi John The photos are fab.

sarah douglas | | Permalink

Hi John

The photos are fab.

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