Friday 26 February 2021

The elastic ruler...

Happy Nature Friday friends! 

It was a lovely sunny day earlier this week when Gail took me for a walk up the Hill of Fare

As you know, here in Scotland just now our walks must begin and end not more than five miles beyond the city boundary. And I think we should leave it as a matter of conjecture as to whether, on this particular occasion, the ruler Gail used to measure the five miles on her map was an ever so slightly elastic one...

We start off with me posing nicely in the farmland near where the car was parked.

We then ascend a track through a mix of broadleaf and conifer plantations, our ears ringing with the merry sound of birds anticipating spring.

Before long, we find a small patch of snow.

And as we climb higher, leaving most of the trees behind, the snow patches across the track get bigger and deeper.

The Hill of Fare is a broad and gently undulating plateau of heather moorland, and at the summit we enjoy stupendous views all across Aberdeenshire, from the snow capped Cairngorm mountains to the North Sea.

Or at least Gail enjoys the view, while I focus my attention on scavenging for any picnic leftovers which previous hikers might have dropped in the vicinity of the little summit cairn...

It is thin pickings I'm afraid, picnics being one more of life's pleasures not allowed in Scotland right now...

Thank you once again to our friends the LLB Gang for hosting the Nature Friday blog hop.


  1. the view is just wonderful! no pic nic leftovers here either,,, but the masks fly around everywhere...

  2. Even if there were no picnic left-overs to be had, it was still a lovely walk Bertie, and in sunshine too!
    I'm hoping that the nice lady who gave me some treats last week, will be at our breakfast place tomorrow morning!

    Inca xx

  3. Your place in this world is sure beautiful, Bertie!

  4. Hari OM
    What a clear day you had for this wonderfurs walkies, Bertie lad. Picnic or no, it was worth the 'stretch'... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. Firstly Bertie, pic # 2 is the purrfect example of your WFT tail for your friend to use when she sketches your handsome self.

    BOL BOL BOL elastic ruler, I like that term.
    Life is full of our own purrsonal interpretations. You take Gail on the best treks. Hugs Cecilia

  6. Beau says he wishes he could run free like you do. and Mama says she would LOVE those views, both you and the view behind you. Beau refused to poop while on leash this morning. I guraded the open 30 feet of fence while daddy did a ball game, he was focused on the game and all went well and he did his business. the fence repair guys were to be here at 8, it is 8:16 and they are not here

  7. What a beautiful place for a hike, Bertie. The weather looks perfect for a day out on the trails.

  8. You do have interesting and beautiful areas to walk within your 5 mile limitations. Thanks for taking us with you, again

  9. Such a beautiful walk Bertie!! We always enjoy seeing the adventures you have for Nature Friday!!

  10. That sounds like a delightful walk, Bertie. Good thing for elastic rulers:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  11. I love your snow and the colors of the world below the snow. I love your elastic ruler :) Gail needs to bring picnic crumbs for you!

  12. Snow is nice to visit but I don't want to live with it.

  13. Oh, how nice Bertie!!! That snow looks most refreshing, butts too bad no leftover snackables....sigh.
    Ruby ♥

  14. It looks like a beautiful and safe place to explore.

  15. You do have the most lovely walks, we so enjoy seeing the beautiful views---and YOU!