Tuesday, September 20, 2016

reposting from 1.4.2006....Saltheart Foamfollower

This is Saltheart Foamfollower(the name comes from a character who is a sea-faring giant in a novel by Stephen Donaldson) a Valley Nordkapp original, I think they are now calling it 'heritage' instead of original, ha. The beach looks a bit messy as they are doing some building on this island, its a National Trust island I think. This trip to Loch Lomond today being the first I have been on this year! A Scottish Canoeing Association trip run by Mike Thomson, well attended and great weather. I ran out of steam towards the end though so tomorrow I am going to be more than a bit sore!Ben Lomond still showing snow, a seagull obligingly flew into shot just as I pressed the shutter, a good photo moment by accident as usual!
I came home to find this crocus I bought last week had flowered. It is called Barr's Purple and I couldn't find it in any books so I had no idea what it looked like until today, and I like it! It is quite small so I suspect it is an alpine kind of thing. 'Stuff'is germinating away in the greenhouse, veggies and flowers but I am too tired out to make a list- I can do that tomorrow when I am so stiff I can hardly move, great!!


Peggy said...

Hi, thanks for the comment on my paddling blog! My camera is a Canon S2 IS (is that what you meant to put for yours—I think the C2 IS is a camcorder?), with a 1.5x teleconverter (zoom) lens on it. Not even remotely waterproof, but since I mostly take pictures while on the water, it would sort of waste having a good camera to not take it with me! I do, however, paddle extremely flat water. I like your pictures! Great flower shots.

Your kayak is a beauty! I have both a Mystic and Montauk by Impex. The Montauk is 16 feet long—nice boat but the Mystic is still #1.

Well, this is turning into a letter so I’ll quit. I’m bookmarking your blog and will check back to see what you are up to over there!

clairesgarden said...

yes I meant S2 IS, too much freesh air!!

Sigruns German Garden said...

Claire, when I see your photos I remember on my last holiday in scotland in 1996 in this area with the children. Now they go their own ways and I'm free! To do what I want in my holidays. Last time I was in Scotland it was in 2003 in Edinburgh with a group.


Wildside Musing said...

Ooooh! I just love the one you took of the seagull!!! (Came by to "ooh and ah" as per usual this morning!) Hope you find you are not too sore from your kayaking after all!

Lowa said...

Gorgeous pictures, as always!

I am not active, except to walk/run/do yoga, so I know nothing about kayaks and the like. But it looks like a beauty! Hope you are not too sore! I can imagine you get toned and in shape doing that kind of thing, eh??

That crocus is amazing!!!

Sandy said...

I tried kayaking for the first time last year and enjoyed it thoroughly. It started out as a challenge for me. I have a great fear of water and drowning. No idea why. I made myself go out and ended up going out quite often last summer. Good excerise and always beautiful scenery where I live. Thank you for the nice comment on my blog. And yes...you will probably be sore tomorrow:).

clairesgarden said...

Sigrun, you're lucky you seem to travel a lot to different places. I really just stay in Scotland, except for one visit to England last year(to make a doll house but thats another story!)
Wildside, I like the seagull too, the camera was on full zoom to take the picture of Ben Lomond so the seagul really isn't in focus. I didn't take many photographs yesterday, too busy trying to keep up with the crowd! I am not too sore but have a hot pad on my shoulders as I sit here, I was trying to train one of the cats to lay across my shoulders but they are not interested in the job!
Lowa, I am not flexible enough to do yoga, it takes me all my time to get back out of the boat after a paddle, it does keep you fit if you can get out more. Its a funny little crocus, a nice colour.
Sandy, well done you for trying out the sport, I always feel better after I've been out, I'm going to be visiting your blog for photo ideas!!

Lowa said...

Sorry your cats won't help you out!! LOL

I potty trained 4 of our cats long ago before we had kids.

Glad you are not too sore.

I am not flexible either. If I miss more than one day doing it, I basically need to start over. I have a cyst on the back of my left knee and yoga really aggravates it. Makes me much more aware of it. But, I find that if I make myself do it at least 4 times a week, I do feel a good deal better through out the day.

I have a fear of drowning also, Sandy. Maybe I should make myself kayak??

Janice Seagraves said...


Such beautiful pictures! I love the one with the sea gull.

I hope your soreness goes away soon!


Norene Griffin said...

What is Ben Lomond? Did you know there is a town not too far from here by the same name?

clairesgarden said...

Janice I am glad that seagul flew into shot, it made a nice photo!
Norene, 'Ben' is a prefix for a lot of hills in Scotland, 'Lommond' is the name of the loch/lake we were paddling on so 'Ben Lomond' is the big hill there. There must have been settlers from over here to over there who were missing home and called your place that, a lot of Scots emigrated to America I think. I am getting to know the camera better now but still some a good shos some are bad.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Canoing I haven't done since I was a campfire girl. Way back when.
Coffee is on

WILDSIDE said...

This was a nice one!
It would be good to get out again.