Reflections from a roving retirement
Just perfect, really beautiful.
Absolutely, Rosemary, and my friend has this as the view from her living-room!
Fabulous view Perpetua. Britain really is a very beautiful island isn't it?
It's glorious in every weather, Ray. I think Britain probably has more varied beauty in a very small space than almost anywhere in the world.
No, I could neither knit nor natter in the face of that view...a superb photograph too...
And yet we manage it, Fly, and have a lot of fun. I was lucky to have the camera with me yesterday.
I would never be able to concentrate, Perpetua. What a lovely view.
I end up sitting with my back to it, Penny, then the light is perfect for my work. But I'm always aware it's there.
That is absolutely stunning.
Oh, it is,Susan. One of the most wonderful views I've seen anywhere.
We live in a beautiful world, Ayak, as your header photo so clearly shows.
Gosh, it would be hard to be able to talk, let alone anything else! What a beautiful part of the world...
Don't you believe it, Broad. We talk (and drink coffee) for Britain every week. :-) It is the most glorious landscape up here, so worth the journey.
Beautiful!! I'd have given up even the merest hint of a pretence of working long ago! :-)
We do stop and appreciate it, Niall and Antoinette, but with socks to knit and a church sale to make things for, work still happens. :-)
Very much so, Annie, even if we don't yet have the snow that you can see on your equally stunning Sierra Nevada.
It is, Bonnie, and the remoteness adds to the beauty, keeping it unspoiled.
I think we must try to get up there before we're not able to - one of the '100 things' (or however many) on the 'bucket list'! Scotland has been a favourite of mine for what seems like centuries (well, decades - certainly since I was a teenager in the dim and distant)but I've never got that far North, and I WANT TO SEE IT!! Mull was super - but that view beats all.
It really does, Helva. It was taken on the far side of the Kyle looking south and is one of my all-time favourite views. The north coast is a VERY long way to drive, so perhaps train to Inverness or Lairg and then hiring a car might be a more achievable option?
I love the effect of that sort of light on a landscape - it layers the landscape into the distance like elaborate stage scenery.
I was very lucky with the cloud cover as I took it, PolkaDot. If the sun had been full out I'd have had glare, as it's so low in the sky up here by now. As it is, I inadvertently achieved an effect I could have tried for with both hands for a week without success. :-)Your artist's eye would love the scenery here.
Beautiful. What a lovely place to knit and natter or just knit.
It is, Molly, and we do plenty of both in the 3 hours or so we meet. I went from rib to heel flap on my latest sock yesterday. :-) As for the coffee and cake we also manage to consume - enough said!
OOoh that is gorgeous! I might even take up knitting just to look at that view. Thank you for sharing MOUNTAINS with me. I so love those mountains....
I thought you'd like it, Sian. :-) Next time you're going west along the north coast, turn right just after the Kyle causeway and drive a little way. Then turn round and you'll see that view. :-)
Heaven. And the best thing of any coastal view, to my mind, is the way that every moment the light changes the scene - so you just have to keep watching! :)
Absolutely, DB. An hour later and it was sleeting and the mountains had all but disappeared, but the view was still magnificent. I saw the same view a couple of weeks ago at sunset and it was breath-taking, but sadly I didn't have my camera with me. :-(
It's so beautiful and peaceful -- who do anything at all but just look and enjoy?
It's a great temptation, Kathy, but we meet for a purpose and enjoy that purpose. Even living amid scenery like this, life does go on in a very ordinary way. :-)
Dear Perpetua, oh to live by water. It's what I've longed for during many long years. I grew up out in the country and we had a wide, rippling creek running thought the bottom half of the twenty acres my grandfather owned. When I'd finished my chores each day, I'd walk down the back path to the creek and sit for hours with Arthur, my imaginary lion. I'd read and simply be. And so your evocative photograph brings back to me good memories. Peace.
I'm so glad the photo brought back good memories for you, Dee. Yes,I too love water, but have never lived anywhere very close to it before, so spending time up in the north is a wonderful treat for us both. As a child I would have loved to have a stream running nearby as your grandfather had.
I can’t imagine how you can bear to leave.Oh yes, I forgot about the midges.
Got it in one, Friko. We are careful to visit outside the midge season, as they would have me for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whilst leaving DH almost entirely untouched. Sigh.... Nevertheless we always leave with a very big pang of regret.
Amazing photo & I assume from your earlier responses, your photo rather than that of DH :-) Thank you for posting it & wishing you a safe journey back to Mid-Wales.
Thanks, Ricky. Yes, I took it with my aging and rather battered camera, which can still take some lovely photos. I've been meaning to capture this view for ages, but was just fortunate to have this wonderful combination of light and shadow when I actually had my camera with me.
Glorious of course; it uplifts us to live and spend time in such places.
Absolutely, Msrk. With your love of wilderness and scenic beauty, this area would be perfect for you - so many wonderful walks.
I've seen some lovely photos recently of the beauty in Britain's gloom. We have some of that ourselves here in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, but it's tree shrouded, so not so evident.
Yes, the lack of trees certainly shows off the beautiful bones of the Highland landscape, Linda, but a wooded landscape has a beauty of its own - not so austere and much more fertile in appearance. I've seen some truly glorious photos of your part of the US.
Definitely a venue for those who can knit without looking at what they are doing!
LOL, Annie! :D I did ask friends who live there whether they ever get so accustomed to the scenery that they don't really see it. They said No.
Somehow I missed this, Perpetua. But I "looked you up" because I hadn't read anything from you in a bit! I lost you! Ha! No, I don't know how you do anything either. I'd be at a loss for how to control myself with that much openness and beauty. But I'd love to try! I wonder if I'd experience anxiety--I have NEVER been with that much potential quiet! I dream about it...but maybe in the end I'd be nervous. I may never know...but keep sending me pictures! oxo
Glad you found me again, Debra. :-) I think you would absolutely love scenery like this, especially if you could accustom yourself to it in the company of others. I know you sometimes head for the California mountains and that is magnificent scenery too. I think it's the presence of water that gives such a glorious sense of space here.
Breathtaking! Isn't it wonderful to have your camera with you at the right moment? Even though there are all those other moments when one left the camera on the counter in the kitchen? Lovely.
I thought you, with your love of the sea, would appreciate this, Penny. I was just so lucky, and yes, more often than not I don't have the camera with me when it counts. Sigh....
Believe me, I know. I often think of the great pictures I didn't get. Not that there's any guarantee that I would have gotten that great shot had I had the camera.... We do what we can.Blessings for a peaceful Advent!
Thanks, Penny, and the same to you. I can hardly believe that it's Advent Sunday in a week's time. One of my favourite seasons.:-)
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