Moss, gorse and woodland skills

It was a chilly Sunday morning when the delightful assistants ventured out before lunch, taking advantage of a bit of sunshine and calm conditions to get some exercise outdoors.

They set off in good spirits, looking forward to the delights of the countryside at Bamff, near Alyth in Perthshire.

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They passed a good many tree trunks thickly swathed in moss and lichen.

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The moss was in particular abundance, creeping over stone walls

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and clustering in rocky crevices.

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Bright yellow gorse flowers, offering a welcome burst of cheerful colour, caught the eyes of the walkers as they strolled along a small road.

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The assistants often stop during a walk to look at something. This not only enhances the interest of their outing, but provides the opportunity for a little rest. There were numerous stops during this walk, on one occasion caused by the unusual sight of exposed tree roots.

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On another, a long driveway with dozens, possibly even hundreds, of square tiles laid into the ground arrested their attention.

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Further on, a beech leaf on the tarmac was sufficiently engaging to stop them in their tracks.

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Towards the end of their walk they reached the Scottish Woodlands Skills Centre, which runs a range of courses, such as wood carving, chainsaw use and willow weaving.

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Not being in the market for woodland skills, they walked on past a copse of Scots Pines into a patch of precarious sunshine.

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As a few flakes of sleet began to fall, their chauffeur dashed back along the road to get the car. The assistants hopped aboard and sped homewards to much appreciated bowls of soup followed by hot mince pies.

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9 thoughts on “Moss, gorse and woodland skills

    1. It is a bit odd, isn’t it? I imagine it looked impressive when it was first done. It must have taken a lot of tiles to cover that length of road but quite a few of them seem to have come away completely.

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    1. The winter months are certainly a dicey business in cold places, and my parents don’t usually go out if the weather’s bad at this time of year. It was so icy underfoot yesterday I wouldn’t let my mum go into the garden to feed the birds. If I slip, I might get an ache and a bit of bruising but she might well break a hip and it’s better to be safe than sorry, I reckon. Mince pies are one of my favourite things, too. Yum.

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  1. What lovely treasures you and your delightful assistants find on these walks, Lorna – the emerald moss and lichen, and the sunlit pines. Love the idea of a patch of sunshine being precarious – that describes January weather perfectly.

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