On Wednesday June 14th I drove to the Manor Valley, near Peebles, and climbed up onto the hills to the west. Almost at once my camera ran out of battery, but I did do a sketch on the top from which I made a painting a few days later.
I need to repaint it slightly lighter, but I think it gives the idea of the Border hills stretching away, range after range.
I started and finished in the Manor Valley, a most quiet and remote-feeling spot. If you have read "The Island of Sheep" by John Buchan you will recognise the Laver Valley. The Manor Valley was his model; though it does not have a laird's castle at its head. This photo, before my battery ran out, gives an idea of the place.
|Looking down the Posso Glen, across the Manor Valley|
The other mountain day was Carn Liath, above Blair Atholl, with a church walking group. There was a strong, buffeting wind and we had a great day. On this stretch of wild country there was a wonderful selection of flowering plants, and good lichens and mosses too.
|Round leaved sundew|
I'm afraid I'm not sure what this orchid is.
Back in town there is no shortage of wild nature. It is a question of noticing it.
And of course we can keep reading about it.
|Inscription in Writers' Court, Edinburgh|