It was very sunny, to-day. So, it was lucky we had found a shaded place to park the car. , in particular, doesn't like sitting in a hot car.

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The lochside isn't steep along this section of the path. Consequently, there are lots of nice pebble beaches to be explored by canines and humans.

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To-day's main was along the western shore of Loch Lòchaidh. The section we did was mostly beech forest, and had a gravel footpath for the whole distance. The path is part of the Great Glen Way. For August it was amazingly quiet, we only met two mountain bikers.

Change of circumstances forces sale of my beloved Ferguson tractor.

* Well looked after
* Reliable starter
* Economical
* Four good tyres
* Might need some attention

£2,000, or very near offer.
No time wasters.

This is a famous monument in Scotland (currently covered for cleaning).

Can you name it?

I've mentioned before that has, without any training, taken it upon herself to wait patiently, while I photograph subjects. I've now noticed that she actually watches the wildlife I'm photographing.

Here she is looking across the canal, directly at the Cormorant, as I'm photographing it.

Eventually, I will just get Gruoch to take the photographs, too.

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We did it again. Lashing rain when we left the house, and on our return. Sunshine on the whole .

As mentioned elsewhere, we encountered lots of Waxwings, which were gorging on the Rowan berries. Good luck, little birds, you'll need that food to sustain you on your long journey.

I was considering the purchase of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 successor. I am very familiar with the LF1, and it is a superb, pocketable, compact camera.

There doesn't seem to be a direct successor to the LF1.

Cameras like the LX100 (I and II) are hard to find, and are very expensive, even secondhand.

I'm not sure what I will do.

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Canal Life.

I spoke to the "crew" of this yacht, that was moored at the side of the canal. They were complaining that it was cold in the cabin, in spite of the diesel heater they had on-board.

They were traversing the canal to get to the North Sea, and then to Norway, for the winter. I refrained from suggesting that they might find it even colder in Norway.

Canal Life II

the things hanging from the side of ships to protect against hitting the moorings are called fenders. The word is probably more familiar as the root of defender.

This ship really needs lots of fenders along both sides, to prevent collisions with the sides of the canal.

Canal Life I

One of my favourite locations for photographing , is now also a favourite with .

This is the southern opening of the Caledonian Canal into Loch Lòchaidh.

One doesn't realise how many spiders' webs there are until there is a sunny day with a heavy dew.

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