Saturday, 16 January 2021

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Hair Ice

We used to see Hair Ice a lot on the farm but this is the first I've seen since I moved to the much drier East coast!  It is a rare form of ice formation caused by the presence of a fungus in rotting wood.

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Selkirk Flood Defences

Kelpies to Common Ridings

Haining Estate

Minus eight this morning so a bracing walk around the Haining Estate in Selkirk, famously the home of the Dandy Dinmont terrier.  Covid cases are rising UK wide, schools are closed other than to vulnerable and key worker children and the death toll yesterday was 1325, the highest to date.

Saturday, 2 January 2021

No Fishing

Up until the 31st of December I'd walked at least ten thousand steps a day for eight full months, I had a day off yesterday where I barely moved but I got back on it today with a walk around Bowden Loch which was both frozen and snow covered.  And so the 2021 Lockdown walks have commenced!

Thursday, 31 December 2020

2020 Slightly surreal

Most years I have drafted the bare bones of my yearly round up well in advance, I will know which Chamfron horses have been the stars of the show and I will have reflected on what I've achieved and who I am, but not this year.  This has been the most unusual of years, when I did my round up last year we hadn't heard of Covid 19 in the UK yet, no one would have thought that by my birthday in March the whole country would be in lockdown because of it, that we would wear face coverings in the supermarket and that so many would die.  People would follow rules, bend the rules, express the most random of opinions, confuse the hell out of me and we'd all watch Tiger King on Netflix.

I've felt this year has been one of constantly shifting sands, not always Covid related, but there has been positives, I passed my probation at work, bought a house and moved Spider to a different yard where he has settled well.  We've seriously embraced the lockdown walk, I've walked on my own, with Craig, with work mates, with Alpacas (surprisingly awesome), in the sun, in the rain and most recently in the dark admiring the Christmas decorations.  I've seen some brilliant bits of Scotland on my own doorstep.

Although there have been few opportunities to get the Chamfron horses out and about there has been several things to smile about, not least Christine's confidence soaring on Tizona and Milano, who was beautifully produced by Peregrina Stud, being sold to a home that is not just competitive but definitely has the sense of humour I appreciate.  Hopefully they will get a chance to shine in 2021.  Hopefully we all will.

Sunday, 27 December 2020

Locked down again.

So in Covid news, there are mutations and the fear is that they are causing the virus to spread quicker so mainland Scotland is back into Tier four lockdown and the amnesty over Christmas was reduced to one day.  So another day, another lockdown walk (Aberlady nature reserve).