A change in the weather

Well this last few weeks the weather seems to have been all over the place. It wasn’t to long ago we managed 3 seasons in one day! All of a sudden though we have some sunshine and warmth, good old Scottish shorts and t-shirt weather (10°+!).

So, it was only the 2nd day of the easter holidays and I was already getting moans and groans of “I’m bored”, “I’ve nothing to do”. So I packed a picnic, myself and the 3 tiny terrors into the car and went to Barons Haugh Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Motherwell. It’s a lovely place for a walk, situated in a large estate with lots of hidden corners to explore.

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Older picture not from this trip

The weather held up, there was a bit of a chill wind at times however in general it was a very pleasant walk.

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We found a nice corner that gave a good view of the River Clyde and set out our lunch.

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My picnic packing skills must be fairly decent as a few swans appeared and decided to join us for some sandwiches.

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We were out for a good 5 hours and only made it half way round (children are so slow!) however we did manage a not too shabby 5 mile walk, not bad for 3 kids under 10. I will say though, trying to watch a one year old and also take photos is not as easy as it sounds. Every time I pulled the camera out he was off! His brothers were not much better!

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Seen as I am supposed to be improving on my very limited photography skills I decided to only use my Pentax 50mm lens, no zoom except my feet. Most of our walk was trees and riverside with little to look at other that swans, ducks and birds and reeds. However on the way back up to the car we did manage a short stop at the old cemetery.

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It’s in a poor state, very overgrown and a lot of damage to the grave stones.

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It’s a real shame however it also grants it some character. I’d love to have seen this place in its hay day as there was once a church also that sadly nothing remains of.

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Well as always, thank you for taking the time to read through and I hope you liked the photos. If your in the area and have never been I would recommend Barons Haugh.
I’ve been a little behind with my editing however I will aim to get my next post on soon as possible. I’ve been out a bit recently and have more to share.

Thanks again,
Paul

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7 thoughts on “A change in the weather

  1. I have the same problem regarding taking photos whilst being responsible for a small child. She’s off whenever she can and in the city it’s pretty nerve wracking sometimes. I tend to wait until I’m on my own or when she’s in the pram or the back carrier!

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      1. I think my one keeps her pretty snug but she’s getting a bit too heavy to use it. I’m off to castle milk woods and Cathkin Brae county park today and I’m using the carrier, so I’ll have to see how i get on with the focus!

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      2. I almost went to Cathkin Braes last night, thought it would be a good place for some shots over Glasgow at night, however I had tea and toast and then decided it no longer seemed a good idea! Lol

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  2. Not 100% convinced about the sandwich making skills! The small one is tucking in, but there’s a definite look of suspicion on one of the others’ faces…….pro maybe that’s just “stop photographing me wheni’m trying to eat!” Looks a great day out for all. We’ve had a walk round there, just once, a few years ago. I think it was featured in the Herald walks as I’d not heard of it before.

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    1. It’s an unknown gem this walk, unless you live in the area most people haven’t heard of it. I live in Hamilton, not from from Strathclyde Park, you can walk from the park all the way up, round in a circle and back. It’s a long but satisfying walk with some smashing photo opportunities along the way. Thanks for reading it through Anabel, have a great Sunday!

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