How ephemeral is Spring

Spring can be ephemeral, a difficult thing to pin down. Last year it barely lasted two weeks before big coats and jumpers were thrown into the back of the cupboard and the car window de-icer put away. That was a tough winter last year.

Loch Stroan - Raiders Road

Loch Stroan - Raiders Road

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Near Dunscore

Near Dunscore

This winter has been kind and the first signs of spring came with snowdrops before New Year. We have got some long rides done and a lot of exploring of forest tracks and lochans tucked away in the hills. Not once have we reached into the back of the draw to find the fingerless gloves yet, but today is the first day of official Spring. Which is why the forecast for the next few days features snow or hail.

Galloway Forest Park

Galloway Forest Park

The (very) Old Edinburgh Road from Stranraer to Edinburgh

The (very) Old Edinburgh Road from Stranraer to Edinburgh

A little break by a loch in the hills

A little break by a loch in the hills

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Soon to be Rhubarb pie

Soon to be Rhubarb pie

The clocks have ‘ sprung back ‘ and the light nights make it feel a bit strange to still be lighting a fire in the evening. There will be no slowing in the light now until we hardly have enough dark for sleep. Hard to imagine that back in December.

Off to Glentrool, Route 7 (offroad)

Off to Glentrool, Route 7 (offroad)

Loch Dee

Loch Dee

gravel biking = a very big smile

gravel biking = a very big smile

It is time again to start guiding cyclists around our Scottish playground. The quirky bits that you need to know. We love doing this and telling the odd story or two. Which is what we did for BBC Radio Scotland a couple of weeks ago when they came to find out what we are doing since we got back from cycling around the world. We took them on an eBike ride and introduced them to some of the wonderful characters that we work with.

You can listen to the whole program HERE. Find out how the Belted Galloway cow got that belt, the story of Buittle Castle, how to make a massive willow horse for the Outlander filming and where to find the grave of he King of the Gypsies. All good stuff I hope you will agree.

The Cherry Tree will soon burst into a cloud of pink blossom and the bulbs that are nearly through wil be a riot of colour in the front tubs by the road. Of course we have been saying this for weeks already – come on Spring!

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