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A Walk Up Craigowl Hill

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This is Craigowl, taken on 17th January last year from my back garden, using zoom.

Neither of us has ever been there, so today (as the forecast was fairly good) we took off in the car. Its about a 20 minute car ride from our house to the car park.

It was so lovely to get out and in to woodland again. And although it was a cloudy start to our ascent, the sun came out as we climbed higher and by the time we came to our finishing point near the top we were feeling very warm with the climbing, so the coats came off for about 10 minutes. It was actually only 4C, but in the sunshine, facing south it was lovely.

Here are the photos….

The Hill in the Centre is Dundee Law with the North of the City (mostly Residential but with the obligatory Retail Parks and Car Showrooms :( ) The City Proper is behind the hill to the South and the hills in the background are in Fife, across the River Tay Estuary.

Just love a Pine Tree. Its colour contrasts so beautifully with the Bracken etc.

Had we thought to take a backpack we could have made it to the summit, the highest point of the Sidlaw Range, and then I could have shown you the Cairngorm Mountains in the distance. Oh well, next time!

This last one is looking towards our home and you can see the hills around where we live. Sadly, zoom not adequate for seeing the house. But we could just make out the hills of North Berwick in the Borders.

The sheer length of January is a challenge to gardeners isn’t it? But if the weather is good, a walk in nature does help.

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Looks like you have a bit of fair weather. That must have been so nice to get outside into the fresh air and open country. We are having major meltdown here in NY from last weeks's storm. I enjoyed your photos and to see your country.

11 Jan, 2018

 

doesn't it look lovely in the snow. the photo of you minus your coat looks like there is a body laid down in front of you :o)
Couldn't agree more about getting out and about in the fresh air. Sadly hubby is suffering really badly from double plantar fasciitis [very painful inflammation in the sole of the foot] so he is struggling just to do basic walking let alone a decent hike. Last year I had a painful hip which limited our walking but now it is him.

The sun only got out for about an hour this afternoon. it is now overcast and drizzly. Doubt if I'll get out in the garden tomorrow as it will be too wet.

11 Jan, 2018

 

Does you good to go for a walk, lifts the spirits, and you have some glorious countryside around you, great blog K....

11 Jan, 2018

 

Thank you Bathgate...I hope the weather improves for you!

SBG...I have had terrible Plantar fasciitis as well ever since we moved here...it still bothers me and I tried everything...absolutely everything. Its painful and depressing. The only thing that helped me was thick memory foam insoles in my shoes. The source of the problem for me was and still is my calf muscles. Even now, after suffering with PF for about 4 years, my feet are sore after a walk, but it has moved more into my achilles tendons now which isn't quite so bad. The only thing that I can say is that since I fully accepted that it was just tendonitis from muscle strain, and nothing more scary, I have found it has started to get better. I think for the first three years I was really quite worried and upset about it. Eventually I went to a Podiatrist but that didn't help either! but since I accepted it, it just seems to have not been so bad. I hope he finds some improvement soon.

11 Jan, 2018

 

Beautiful views, all those hills. Living in the flat lands of Norfolk seeing a hill is quite impressive. Anything called a hill here is usually just an incline. I remember the first time I saw the hills and mountains of Wales I feel in love with the rugged nature of it all.
Not that I am suggesting you live in Wales!

11 Jan, 2018

 

Looks pretty good weather there, Karen.

11 Jan, 2018

 

Enjoyed your blog Karen, as said the views are lovely, nice to see you relaxing in the sunshine without your jacket, even if it only lasted a few mins it would have done you a power of good and a promise of things to come, (fingers xx aye ) cannot remember our last day of sunshine so feeling a bit envious...

12 Jan, 2018

 

Thank you Honeysuckle. Linda, sadly, it didnt last. But at least we made the most of it. Thank you Lincslass. No, the weather here has been pretty poor since the start of January.

12 Jan, 2018

 

Great to get some good hilltop air Karen and I hope your feet weren't too painful!
We had to go up to Lancashire this week and it is very flat (and very cold too)- couldn't help rejoicing on the way back when we came to the first "proper" hills!
(Sending sympathyto SBG's OH too!)

12 Jan, 2018

 

Your blog was a breath of fresh air, Karen. I miss mountains, the smoother crags of Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountain, and the higher, rugged peaks of North Wales.
Had to Google Plantar fasciitis as I have never heard of it. It sounds really nasty as there doesn't seem to be an instant cure. I wonder if magnets would help? I've never tried any but I have heard friends say they work though I must confess my OH, a retired scientist, scoffs. I ignore him as I am a great believer that if you believe hard enough, it works!! :O)

12 Jan, 2018

 

Now, that’s one thing I haven’t tried Eirlys! Thanks. Magnetic energy is very powerful though isn’t it...might be worth a try!

12 Jan, 2018

 

What a super place. The views are amazing! I bet you'll be back in the future.

12 Jan, 2018

 

hubby was told it would last about a year, well the year is up and clearly in your case it has been longer. his started after a 8 mile walk in new walking boots, supposedly the best on the market for support etc. He uses the gel insoles but without much difference. It is depressing isn't it? Did you have steroid injections Karen? I have suggested he go back to the doctor and ask if there is anything else he can do.
I'm with your OH Eirlys, except I do appreciate the placebo effect is a proven thing with some people.

12 Jan, 2018

 

Goodness no! They aint injecting me with any steroids SBG. Tell him to try a good pair of Skechers..they are definitely the best soled shoes for it. And yes, it generally starts when you’ve been overdoing the exercise. And I guess those shoes werent as advertised!

13 Jan, 2018

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