I am (slightly) amused that you got a phone signal in such an isolated area.... but not so amused that I get hardly any at all here in North London! Must get onto Kevin at EE next week and let him know that the remotest regions of Scotland are faring better than I am... (and will they reduce my bill next time around as a result?) I'm not holding my breath.
Seriously, though- lovely photos of that waterfall!
Thanks RB. Your comment about phone reception is interesting. I was always quite impressed with the Kevin's EE advert - how EE was pretty much the bee's knees (should that be bees' knees?) - just goes to show how easy it is to be affected be advertising.
My mobile is from Tesco which is really O2 or piggybacks on the O2 service and the coverage here in Gairloch is excellent. The closest mast is a few miles across the bay and, as we found a few years ago when this mast failed, there is similarly good coverage from a mast close to Poolewe.
A few months ago we were here with some friends who use Sky as their phone provider, or rather here Sky was their non-provider - virtually no reception at all.
Got back from Manchester yesterday, (great phone reception!) where the only snow we had was a few flurries of big flakes that didn't stick.
When I left on the train in the morning the sky was a lovely bright blue- Manchester was bathed in sunshine! and once the train was a short distance south of the city the fields were covered in white... so all these photos aren't actually of where I walked, but rather rode- all taken out of the window! Most were pretty badly blurred, (those Virgin trains are fast) but these were the best I was able to get.
It was lovely to see groups of children out sledding, and I saw probably about a dozen birds of prey perched in trees or soaring- several sparrowhawks and buzzards, and what I think were red kites.... and a quick passing sighting of a fox in amongst some woodland.
The sky became progressively more overcast the closer I got to London, but the predicted snow didn't arrive- probably a good thing, because it's all crunchy frozen slush here now- snow on top of that is not good.
We went up to Canterbury for a few days, and on Sunday went to Reculver to see the ruins of the old church of St. Mary's sitting looking over its eroding coastline.
It was quite windy... so much so that this seagull, (a young herring gull?) wasn't able to make much progress flying into the wind. He was forced to hover in place long enough for me to get several photos of him!
There was an entertaining flock of pigeons flying around and around in a large circle and riding up and down the wind currents as though they were on a rollercoaster. We watched them for ages while sitting in the car eating our lunch, (no way to do that outside- we'd have lost our sandwiches to the wind and waves.)
Today we drove to Whitstable before heading back to London. Chilly, but bright and sunny- I saw these waders perched on one of the groynes, and since I don't know what they are I've also put a photo of them in the birds section, hoping someone can identify them for me.
Today we visited the bluebell woods in Wanstead Park... unfortunately we'd left it a little too late, and the bluebells were definitely past their best. (Next year, I'll know not to go by the Spanish ones in our garden.) It was still a lovely day, though- lots of sunshine and clear blue skies... hawthorn blooming in abundance.
Several swans about, along with the usual geese and ducks, and a pair of thrushes high up in the treetops. I was able to get a photo of one of them; am I right in thinking it's a mistle thrush?
Nice photos rowenberry and Dave. Yes I would say mistle thrush I was getting a right telling off last week by one must have been close to it's nest, once I moved off it started singing and I could hear it all the back to the car ian
Not a walk today but I've been catching up after a trip to the Outer Hebrides. It is about 20 years since our last visit and the islands are still superb. No big walks but some great views.
A couple of beach shots.
This is part of the beach at Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris
The beaches on Harris and Lewis quite rightly feature in tourist information on the Outer Isles but the Uists have a lot to offer too.
This is one of the beaches on the peninsula north of Grenitote on North Uist.
Without a huge effort we had a good bird and mammal count. The highlights were mountain hare and otter, golden eagle, white tailed eagle, arctic skua and goldeneye.
I was at Eriskay a few weeks ago, there really is nothing to beat the beaches around the Outer Hebrides and the colours of the waters, the sealife, the flora - I could just go on and on. I was amazed this time by the gob smacking number of Lapwings and Oyster Catchers, cannot recall seeing so many before.
Thanks folks. Yes, certainly a lot of oystercatchers around but the greatest number of any birds we saw were golden plover. Close to the North Uist beach there were about a hundred golden plover on the machair and a similar number near Loch Stiapabhat in north Lewis.
Nice coast line, good picture too is that sea lavender in the second photo? I often long for more features when we visit our local coast, in fact you could say the most outstanding feature on our part of the Lincolnshire coast is it's lack of features I do love it though ian