Monthly Archives: October 2013

So I’m a bird watcher now…..

At the weekend we took a drive to Lochwinnoch RSPB nature reserve, and despite the weather, really enjoyed ourselves.

When we got there, one of the staff spoke to us about the reserve, the birds that we might see, and the ones that had been seen that day – there’s a list written on a whiteboard as people spot them.  Then they gave us a map showing some walks along the side of the loch, with hides positioned along them, and gave us a loan of a pair of binoculars, before setting us loose.

Well, we both like being out in the countryside, but this was really good.  It was fun sitting in a hide and scanning the loch to see what we could see.  At one point we saw what we were later told was a buzzard, diving towards the water before soaring off.  We couldn’t make out if it had grabbed anything, but it didn’t look like it.  Back at the visitor centre we were told it had tried to get a duck, but failed as the duck had dived under the water and got away.

We had such a good time that we joined the RSPB, and got a really cool book in the welcome pack.

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Tonight I’m going along to a new (extra) karate class.  I’ve been looking forward to this class starting since the person who’s taking it suggested starting an extra night, but now that it’s here, I’m feeling really apathetic.

I’m not sure if it’s a general apathy today, or it’s karate focused.  Lately I’ve had issues about going to the Wednesday class, that have arisen out of work getting in the way, to the point where I just can’t be bothered with it.  On the days I do go, I head along initially with a feeling of, not quite dread, but certainly not looking forward to it, and end up enjoying myself and feeling great afterwards.

I hope this is general Tuesday-meh, and it’s not just karate-centric, as this is something that I love doing, and I like the people in the club, so it would be a shame to quit.

I guess I’m just having an off day.

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Thinking about another painting

I’ve decided to have a go at doing another painting.  There’s a pic I took of the sky over Troon beach – it’s about 4 posts down (Awesome Sky) – and it’s been calling me to, well, just have a go.  So in the spirit of “it doesn’t matter if it’s crap, it’s the doing that’s the enjoyment, the result is a bonus”, I’m off at lunchtime to get an enlargement to use as a guide.
Hoping to have a go this weekend.  Pics will be posted (depending on the resultant mess!)

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Couldn’t find one of the cats, then found her curled up inside this. It’s a planter shaped like a giant cup. It’s the perfect size for her to sleep in.

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Booze free, one week and counting

So, that’s a week without booze, and it’s a going great.  I’ve raised £65 so far for Macmillan Cancer Relief, and I’m feeling great.  The only downside I’ve found is that in a pub, alcohol free beer isn’t any cheaper than the real McCoy, and that alcohol free Koppaberg served in a glass full of ice, while being nice (very nice actually), does in fact cause brain freeze.


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New book

I love books.  There’s one place I love as much as record shops, and that’s book shops.  I especially love second hand book/record shops, as rather than going in with a purchase in mind, you go in to browse, and never know what gems you might find.

Today I got a copy of Burmese Days by George Orwell for the princely sum of £2.00.  That’s a result.

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Awesome sky

Awesome sky

Sky over Troon beach

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Move along, nothing to see here

Move along, nothing to see here

Top of Ben Lomond on a not so sunny day

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Fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support

Today I’ve started taking part in Sober October.  It’s to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support – –  a charity that I’ve done sponsored events for in the past. 

So, no alcohol will pass my lips for the month of October.  As a fan of real ale and single malts, this isn’t going to be fun, but it’s nothing compared to the struggle that people with cancer face every day.  A side effect is I’ll probably lose a bit of the waistline, which is no bad thing (as long as it’s not too much or my kilt won’t fit!!)

Anyway, if you’d like to donate, the link to my fundraising page is below.

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