Thursday, 31 August 2017

Big Sky Day...


Another day and a stunning big sky over the Shire as i cycled into work...


Roe Deer in the fields...


Willow Deer by the pond...


I must be the only Estate Manager who has in his job description `Fairy Trail Maintenance`! and i love doing it!...



New Prayer flags hung this week in the Willow Yurt...





The Sunflowers look amazing and have proved real popular with visitors....


Meanwhile the Walled Garden looks amazing now in bloom,
Only managed by 4 Gardeners, the girls do an amazing job and month by month the Garden has gone from strength to strength since i started working here...








Butterfly haven...




Home time and still big skies!...



Cranking home and all around the drone of Combines...









Home and busy getting ready for the weekend, more soon...

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Return to the old Windmill...



Up at 6am and now sunrise, and a cooler air about this morning it felt like Autumn, you would think it when you seen these Geese overhead-they are resident Geese and i often see them...



Nice sunrise this morning as i took one of several options to work and this route passes a scenic view of an old historic building...





The old remains of the tower of Balgone Windmill is said to be one of the most photographed views in East Lothian, with it being on the brow of a hill, and North Berwick Law in the background...




It is only accessible to see up close at harvest time and the field was cut on Monday before the evening rain, so i planned to visit it after work today,  happily spun into work in a lovely morning...




I had time to stop as usual at a favourite view point for 5 minutes and soak up the scenic views...

The days work done and the sky had clouded over in the afternoon with threatning rain clouds,
But buy 8pm the cloud broke up and it looked like a sunset may be on the cards!, i jumped on the Surly KramPug 29+ bike and raced the sunset up to Highfield  crossroads...



If Robert Johnstone had rode a Fatbike...
Ha ha - i stopped at the crossroads...
Made a deal with the `Fatside`...
And they said `Keep riding the old Pugsley`...
So i headed for the old Windmill ruin...

South...


West...



North...



East...



Field cut it is a short walk or cycle across to look at this old ruin..


This old Windmill was constructed in the 1600`s, then later converted into a Dovecot by 1799...







It`s an impressive old ruin and i always enjoy a walk in to it every harvest time...


Here is some film i shot on the Go Pro as i rode across to the old ruin,
Song is unknown title from a MTB film -the title lost from switching from Windows to Apple...


Cycle to the old Windmill... from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon...