Colour is coming to town.

Today was a really nice sunny day, and the flowers seem to be responding to that as well as people, I went for a walk around town this afternoon and into the park, where there are some lovely and colourful crocuses starting to appear.

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Crocuses

The “North Inch” is a large park which includes rugby pitches, golf course and open spaces for the residents of Perth to enjoy. It is well looked after by the council and as a result, boasts some beautiful natural areas where flowers such as these crocuses grow freely.

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Crocuses in the park

The park is close to the centre of town and therefore a great place to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet and lovely views, especially on a day like today.

whilst I was there I noticed a hot air balloon being prepared for launch, the conditions I imagine were ideal and this area is quite often used as a launching ground for the balloon.

Balloon
Hot air balloon taking off

A bit of a stroll!

Today was a lovely sunny day, so I decided to visit a local loch intending to get some photos as its pretty picturesque.Rohallion

It’s not far from Perth where I live so didn’t take long to get there and is called Loch Rohallion.
As it was such a lovely day I decided to walk around the Loch and up the hill a bit as I knew there was a dam nearby, it was one of those I’ll just see whats over the next hill type of walks, and there were quite a few hills and corners!

On the way up the hill, I came across a grand building in the middle of the forest called Rohallion Lodge, a very impressive old building with a beware of the dogs notice so I didn’t venture too close!

Eventually, I came across the dam, which was more of a small loch to be honest, although I know from Wikipedia that it was man-made and called Robin’s Dam, again a very picturesque scene complete with swans and ducks etc.

Leave the dam / small loch and heading uphill the views across the countryside just got better and better, soon I was getting high enough to get a really good view of the surrounding country.

I was also by this time getting pretty pooped, so decided it was time to stop for some refreshments, picnic with a view sort of thing. It had probably taken around 2 hours to get to this point.

I hadn’t thought to measure it on my phone on the way up but did going down and it was just over 2 miles for near the tp to the car on the main road.

After a short break I started back up the hill, although I did make a quick detour off road to see if I could get a decent view of the Lodge from above, after a couple of slips and falls on the boggy ground I could just see the lodge from above, but there were too many trees in the way for a decent photo!

Continuing up the hill, the track started to become frosty and had a scattering of snow on the ground, making progress a little bit tricky at times, eventually though I came to the summit of the hill and had some amazing views up there.

The walk back down was easier although no less tiring and so by the time I got to the car I was read y for home and some decent to eat, I was starving after more than 4 hours out.

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Route up

 

 

Waiting for opening time …

Well, when the cats away the mice will …, trying out some product photography with this nice bottle of Old Perth whisky. Just keeping amused you know 🙂

Bottle of whisky
Old Perth

The times they are a changing

So now that the winter weather seems to be receding, for the moment at least, some flowers have started to brave poking above the ground and here is a collage of some crocuses which I found on the North Inch in Perth today when I was out for a stroll.

Crocuses
Crocuses

Back where I belong…

So I got a Christmas present of a DNA kit to investigate my heritage, it seems after reading the report that I am from mostly Scandinavian stock, some Irish, Scottish and Welsh and even English.

 

 Scandinavian 45.3%
Irish, Scottish, and Welsh
 28.0%
 English 19.2%
 Greek 5.6%
Nigerian 1.0%
North African 0.9%

Map of DNA sources
DNA Profile

The upshot is I am predominantly Norseman lineage, I’m not the best sailor in the world so god knows how I ended up here!

Up a hill we go.

Well the weather is certainly doing it’s thing at the moment, today a good lot of snow falling and more to come, just the kind of weather where I wish I had a nice 4×4 Landrover (other 4×4 models are available!) rather than a small mini cooper; not the kind of transport to be driving out and about in this kind of weather.

So I decided to use version 1.0 mode of transport, my legs, and took a walk up Kinoull hill which is not far from home, its usually around a 45 min walk but in this weather took a little over an hour. Exhausted, I eventually arrived at the top where the views are normally amazing, with the weather as it was it was impressive.

Selfie
Obligatory selfie