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Harbour Kirkcudbright.

I have had a number of good intentioned New Years resolutions;  I must eat more olives and I should fly my kite more often, are two life improving recent ones. This years was, I will try whenever possible to wear brighter clothes. It began well, with a bright yellow check shirt bought in January. It gets comments when I wear it, but I have decided not to care.

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Keepers line, the Cheviots.

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Ancrum, Scottish Borders.

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East Lothian sign.

Last year there was just too much DIY. Remodelling or DIY or call it renovation, I have no idea how some people have this as a hobby. I am competent enough, but find no joy at all in any part of the process other than completing the work and getting back out on the bike. If it is your passion, then good for you I say.

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Near Traprain Law, East Lothian.

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Woodland in spring.

So, this year was about catching up with remote hills, untraveled lanes and sleepy villages. There were going to be many days of touring Scotland’s off grid bits. On the whole this resolution did not go nearly as well as the brighter shirts.

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Sculpture.

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Bike in a field, East Lothian.

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In the Lammermuirs with Chris.

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Tea in a woodland.

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Into the Cheviot hills.

Since we got back from our round the world trip there was a very long list of rides on the road bikes that we had not managed to get done. These days are a lot easier than finding things on shelves and in cupboards and then getting them into panniers. Long rides on the road bikes won most weekends.

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In the Cheviots, near Deer Street.

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Collie dog near Hownam Grange, Cheviots.

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The Old Post road A7

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Sketching near Ancrum.

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Sign in the Cheviot Hills.

There were memorable nights in the bivvy bags next to a bath water still sea. Days on the island of Islay where we hit the perfect weather window so square and middle of the bat that we burst out laughing. There should have been more, but you can only do so much.

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Above Kirk Yetholm, the Cheviots.

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West coast Scotland.

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Gairloch sunset, west coast.

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Walking dogs near Nairn.

The seasons have changed, slipped the tie with the calendar. The summers here now come in slow to warm up, but stay into late October and end in a burst of colour. I put the tents away far too early and the fuel bottles went outside into the shed. Remind me next year not to do this.

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View from the saddle, Lammermuir Hills.

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Autumn selfie.

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Near Gifford, East Lothian.

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Near Kirkcudbright.

Early November days were still warm and dry. The sun, low in the sky but still bright and the leaves still held on the trees but now gold and reds. The beech trees that line many of the lanes of East Lothian become vaulted gothic cathedrals of stained glass colours. This year, we dodged the storms with given names and autumn turned into the best season of the year. Hope you all had a good year on 2 wheels.

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Throwing leaves, the borders.

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Cup and ring marks, near Kirkcudbright.

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Cup and ring marks.

 

 

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