Silent Sunday……

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Silent Sunday.

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Castle Semple Loch……….

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Awoke yesterday morning to the most beautiful morning, so it was run round like a headless chicken time and make a picnic etc and get the cycle out. So off I heading and this being such a great place to live National Cycle Route 7 and 75 are about 100 metres from my front do. So off I headed for Johnstone and where the Cycle Way devides and I headed on to route number 7…..

Was a beautiful day and the cycle way follow the path of an old railway which in turn follows the path of a canal built by Thomas Telford in the early 1800’s. The cycle way is very tranquil and the wild flowers were stunning, dont think I have seen so many.

My aim was to reach Castle Semple Lock which I did and it was stunning and here are a few photos……

I then set off to explore the village of Lochwinnoch just for a nose about and I followed a line as it climbed the hillside and found a stunning water fall, all be it man made at some stage but still beautiful.

  I then headed back via Castle Semple Country Park, lovely place set on a hillside, but me being me decided to cycle to the summit but i picked the route that was all up hill but when i reached the top the track down wasnt the same so more cycling was needed, just wondering why I managed to cycle up hill to the summit and then uphill to get down!!!

   All in all a great cycle ride and a fantastic day…..must dash of to Bridge of Weir today……and to see where I end up….

Thank you for reading my blog……

Silent Sunday……..

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Summers Walk………

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This afternoon i retraced the walk I did on Christmas day and here are some photographs to show how things have changed. Last time the river was struggling as it was frozen, now there is very little flow the river is clear and the fish are exposed. There is no hiding and the river is in desperate need for rain and some flow. The first photograph is of a Chub that spends the day in a fast flowing tributary sat under a bridge. I guess she is ready to spawn and this warmth these last few days will help. I guess she is about 4 or 5 pounds and thats a good weight.

Not the best photograph but I hope you can get an idea of what the fish is like, Next up is a view across the Nene and the water lillies are in flower.

The next few photos are somewhat a shock to me as I was walking through the fields along the river I came across a fox who was snacking on a dead sheep. The fox had not been taught the finer art of hunting as he was stood watching upwind. I was downwind so he didnt have a clue about me or where I was until the camera made a noise and he was off. But behind me watching under a small tree was a gaggle of sheep. Now what were they doing and who had told them it was safe to loiter when a fox was about. Thinking with my impending redundancy here is a change for me to earn some extra money teaching foxes to hunt and sheep how to avoid being caught.

Along the river there was a first for me and a family of Alysbury ducks with their young, never seen the ducklings before and the were beautiful, just stunning and as you could see the parents where so proud, looks like the extended family were there too.

On the return I decided to follow the disused railway line and the wild roses where in flower and the scent was stunning and I came across this old relic from the railway days, indicating the gradient of the track i believe.

All in all a lovely walk some amazing wildlife too………