Monday, 19 April 2010

The Craigleith Canter

Week past Saturday saw a group from Lothian Sea Kayak Club gather at North Berwick for a canter round the islands.  Eleven souls in ten boats headed out in somewhat calmer conditions than that of the video below.

The local residents were distinctly uninterested.

We went round the back of Craigleith, and on to Lamb.

Then across the perils of the open water to Fidra.

Struggling to remember such calm water in the Forth.

Abreak for lunch, then headed back to Lamb.

Back at Craigleith, our arrival met with continued disinterest...

And so back to North Berwick.  A gentle, but enjoyable day.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Pedal Power ( as opposed to Paddle Power )

Swapped the paddles for the bike, and went for a wee dander.  Southern Scotland is one of the best areas in the country for touring on the bike, with quiet roads, plentiful cafes, and numerous pubs.  Like anywhere else this winter, the roads have suffered from the weather, and there is the odd pothole to watch out for and grit on the road.  But touring about on the back roads is one of the more relaxing ways to see the countrside these days. 

The run went down through Ancrum, Nisbet, Roxburgh, and down to Kelso.  Kelso was fairly busy ( being a Saturday morning ), plus there were election agents out in the square.  It was literally the Tories in one corner, and Labour in the other, and never the twain shall meet.  Not having any interest in politics, I left them to their own devices. 

Kelso is quite a pleasant town, with some cobbled streets.  Famous for it's Abbey, and for it's fishing.  The gentleman below was trying his hand at the Junction  Pool.  

Didn't look like he was having much luck.

A pleasant forty miles.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Evening Paddle

The picture says it all ....

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Spring Storms

North Berwick is a popular launch spot. The high spring tides, combined with a low pressure gave rise to some interesting weather in the car park. Video courtesy of the Seabird Centre ...