Into The New Year



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View from my rest point on my bike ride.

And so with us well into 2013 I took a bike ride up to my Charters-hall Bike Run for the first time since last September. I brought along some new equipment to test, a monopod for steadier shots and my new Panasonic camcorder which has an amazing 70x zoom.

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Winter Walk

A Winter Walk Along The Bannock Burn.

Pond is frozen over on the left hand-side

I took a walk back from town and went past the swans  pond it was freezing and snow was all along the surface, there were tracks on the ice  and I think it was seagulls trying to land.

The Ochils looking very scenic

It is always nice walking in the snow its so peaceful and quiet although not much wild life about. Only the odd magpie or robin I seen in the nearby wood.

Rabbit prints

As I got to the Ladywell Park I came across some animal prints in the snow, in the distance next to the bushes I could see what left them.

Rabbits scurrying for food

As I made my way toward them, surprisingly they didn’t scamper away.


I managed to get quite close up and took some quick photos of them.

Was interesting to see the way they dug for food.


Was great to see them in this snow covered park


They didnt run away when I got near them



‘Hamish the Highland Coo’

Popular Trossachs tourist attraction ‘Hamish the Highland bull’ has a new friend in his field.

A new black calfHamish Dubh (Dubh being Gaelic for “black”) – has joined the elder statesman at the Trossachs Woollen Mill at Kilmahog, near Callander.

Hamish is one of the site’s longest-standing and most popular residents, is believed to be one of the oldest Highland Bulls in the country now at the grand old age of 19!

He became famous in 1996 when he was saved from the slaughterhouse at the height of the BSE scare.

Campaigners successfully argued the animal was a hit with children who saw him as a pet, and that he also served an educational purpose.

Today he is one of the Trossachs Woollen Mill’s most popular residents and is photographed by thousands of visitors from around the world.

Claire Muir, general manager of the Trossachs Woollen Mill said:

“We are all very excited about the calf. I am sure visitors during the summer will be thrilled to see the new addition to Hamish’s family and hope that lots of local people will come along to see our new arrival too.”

To celebrate Hamish Dubh’s arrival, the woollen mill is running a competition to guess the newcomer’s birthday. The prize is a Highland Coo Hamper” and the closing date is July 31.

More details can be obtained at the woollen mill.