Yesterday was a grand day to be out and about.

The hills were in their best Autumn colours


. . . and Loch Tay was looking stunning.


We had popped over to Loch Tay so that Tom could run the Meall nan Tarmachan hill race – part of a fantastic weekend’s running that’s organised by the Outdoor Centre in Killin. This is part of the world we’ve spent a lot of time in walking and camping – I’ve been up on the Ptarmigan ridge a few times (here I am, working on a sock up there five years ago), and Beinn Ghlas was the first Munro I managed to get up after my stroke. I remember that climb very clearly, and have to say that it was very nice to be back, and to go for a wee walk not feeling quite so disabled!


Tom and the other runners could not believe their luck with the weather.


From our view below we could see them snaking up the mountainside . . .


. . . and Bruce and I spent a happy peripatetic hour enjoying the scenery around the lower slopes.



Tom really enjoyed the race and the folk at Killin were fabulously hospitable, looking after the runners with lashings of tea and scones in the Town Hall. Tom ran the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow last weekend, and the contrast between the faceless corporate organisation of such big events and these lovely local occasions could really not be more apparent. We all had a grand day out in the hills.


And after several months of preparing to move, moving, decorating, and generally settling in, it feels very nice to be out and about doing normal weekend things again!



26 thoughts on “Meall nan Tarmachan

  1. Your photos make me restless for a home that lies in as beautiful location as yours…mind you, I just moved into my dream home!
    Where did you get that beautiful hearth rug that Tom is resting upon? Is it available for purchase / order? Thanks! I do love your photos.


  2. I’m so glad it’s all going well—the move, the stroke recovery, the beautiful weather for the run, your really attractive rug in front of the fireplace. ;-) I hope Tom’s research is going well, too. I can’t remember what it is, but I remember thinking, “Hooray! Someone’s working on that!” Congratulations on your continuing recovery and your new career and new home.


  3. Wonderful to see everyone enjoying your new home and all the things it offers. A million thanks for the wonderful photos! It is always nice to escape for a few minutes to Scotland!


  4. Such glorious surroundings! It’s pretty marvelous here right now too in Vermont. Foliage is at its peak and it’s truly brilliant!
    You are sporting your new hat very well!


  5. I rearlly like your wonderful fotos and would love to go and see all this places, but I think it will not happen, but I will enjoi your posts!


  6. Lovely to have 3 posts this week! We do enjoy the vicarious experiences and I have to say I love the word peripatetic in your description. I confess I had to look it up:)


  7. Ah, come on Da, gie us a wee sip! I know that is what he is saying :)
    What a wonderful place for a race and such hospitality! Great pictures and glad you could be out and about to give us a view also.
    That quote of Nin’s was very interesting, had not heard of it before. Your postings and the comments they engender are always inspiring. Thank you
    And, I was thinking, red, yellow and green teapots…………no accounting for taste !!


  8. Kate, you have come so far! As I told Mary Jane Mucklestone in one of her recent classes, you are an inspiration to me. :)

    ” Finally, we tried the old ruse: she put a mirror between my ankles and told me to wiggle the toes of my right foot. This tricked my brain into believing that my dead, immovable limb was actually the moving, reflected one. Eventually, there was a miraculous flicker of movement in my left big toe, and after that, we had something to work with.” A quote from your link. This is neuroplasticity at it’s most fascinating. It is retraining a DIFFERENT part of the brain to do the work for the damaged part. I know you know this, but thought others might find it interesting.

    I use walking poles still to help align my spine and for balance after the auto wreck. I think the biggest Munro to climb is rediscovering yourself after a brain trauma and getting used to the “new normal.” Numbness, pain and frustration of not remembering chunks of “old you” and the pieces that you can makes that Munro so much higher. It seems you have done a great job. :)

    And speaking of great jobs, look at Tom and Bruce chillin’ on that beautiful rug! Your home looks comfy. Is Bruce the type to want to christen a pint with a curious nose/lick? My Zora sure likes to try!

    Glad you had a grand day out in the hills with the family. BTW, your new hat looks so cute!



  9. So pleased you enjoyed lovely Loch Tay this weekend – the weather was Autumnal perfection! I live very close by and get to enjoy these sights regularly – you’re photos are lovely!


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