Friday, 10 January 2020

Better late than never...

Gail asked why I was in such a rush to get back to the car, after our walk up a delightful wooded valley near Ballater this morning.

Well of course - and I'm surprised she didn't figure this out for herself - we absolutely had to share with our Nature Friday friends the loveliness of the birch trees in the winter sunshine.

As we ascended the path, the woodland thinned out and and birch gave way to pine and then heather, but the landscape remained, I think, worth sharing.

When we reached the head of the valley, I was still acting so bright and bouncy that Gail suggested we continue onwards and make a circuit back round on a higher level track. But I noticed that the skies were clouding over, and I also reminded Gail that her proposed route was a lot longer and she should not be pushing herself and catching another cold.

So it was back down through the birch trees again...

...and a final sprint to the car. 

Happy Nature Friday folks! And thanks once again to Arty, Jakey and Rosy for hosting this great blog hop.


  1. you are a wise pup Bertie... better to run than to be under da weather and getting da cold gremlins back...

  2. Bertie thank you for all these lovely x 100 photos of the fields and meadows and birch trees.
    You were for sure in your element..but you never lost sight of your wise advice reminding Gail not too push. What a lovely day and walk
    Hugs Cecilia

  3. Happy Nature Friday, Bertie!! What a beautiful day for a lovely walk. We just love the sprint to the car photo. Thanks for the share. Have a wonderful upcoming weekend.
    World of Animals

  4. What a lovely romp and adventure you had. I must come visit your blog more often to see more of Scotland. And you!

  5. Hari OM
    That is definitely a pawsitiff advert for fine weather in this Bonny Land, Berti lad... and a good reminder it can change on a sixpence, so watch the sky!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

    1. Pouring with rain and strong winds in Aberdeen now!

    2. Hari OM
      yes, it turned very wild and wooly this side about five o'clock and has been blattering at the windie since - as if rats were in droves wanting in... Yxx

  6. Your birches are beautiful, Bertie, and so is your frosty long grass!

  7. Gorgeous and definitely worth sharing! You do look very bouncy...glad Gail could keep up with you.

  8. Thanks for taking us along on your beautiful walk. Gail is lucky to have you along so she doesn't get stuck in the rain.

  9. That was a beautiful walk you had with Gail, Bertie.

    Inca xx

  10. What a lovely walk for sure!! We are having snow off and on and very windy today so your scenery looks very inviting
    Mabel & Hilda

  11. Oh my goodness Bertie...watching you bouncing through the landscape through such gorgeous sunshiny-ness made our day!!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  12. OMD, you're definitely showing off your Bouncing Bertie side in those pics!

  13. Birch trees are our Mom's favorites so she really enjoyed you all sharing that walk with her! Lovely!

    Kiki and Rosie

  14. I absolutely love those birch trees. Your woodland is like a magical forest!