Tomorrow marks the end of what has been a very long break and it would be quite ridiculous to offer any complaint about having to go to work for a fortnight, so I won't. Having a wee rake through the last months pictures for unreported odds and ends I notice a batch that belonged to my trip up to Dunoon last week. I go there every month or so because my kids live there but normally I don't have my camera as I go straight from work.
In Dumfries, as I was going for the train, the local falconry centre had a stall out in the High Street trying to drum up a few funds and new enthusiasts. I find birds of prey quite magnificent things and always worthy of a couple of snaps, even when they are firmly attached to the pavement.
A harris hawk
A lanner/peregrine hybrid
An owl (see my deep knowledge of birds)
Going to Dunoon involves a half hour ferry trip across the Clyde (at a point where it's more the sea than a river). Being Scotland, it was a bit wet then sunny for a while - good for rainbows if nothing else.
Most foot passengers take the Caledonian Macbrayne, from which these pictures are taken. Most car types are better of using the Western ferry, which operate a few of the wee red affairs below.
A yacht passes the entrance to the Holy Loch
Seemed quite a busy day for yachts
Arriving in Dunoon
A few days later in Edinburgh, where I arrived in time to get a mighty fright from the one o'clock gun and from here the previous blogs carry on quite nicely
This mighty time off has been great for catching up on my reading
Probably only a reduced, if any blogging service in the next two or three weeks (although you never know, my lab internet might work like a dream and I'll be full of things to write). I'll leave you just now with a picture of the castle near my sisters house in Doonfoot near Ayr, whose name I don't know.