Posted by Patrick - 22:08 on 26 April 2010
I did say I would write my blog every fortnight. Well that hasn't quite happened. Small matters of snow, ash and arrival of Rohaise (No.2 child) have conquered that wish. However I will try to do better.
It is great that spring is here, or at least it seems to be. Warmer days, daffs flowering, more ground nesting birds about are definitely signs Spring is here or round the corner. Interestingly though we have more hares down at lower levels this year, I reckon due to the lack of food higher up. Also there are more grouse on this side of the hill than previously, blown by the predominant northerly and easterly winds over this winter?
You may find this article interesting if you are interested in weather and one theory of what has occurred recently with regards to weather patterns: http://www.bbcfocusmagazine.com/feature/environment/storm-coming
Here are a couple of things for your to note with what is going on at beallich:
Abby has started yoga classes again. She is currently running two classes a week: Hatha on a Tuesday 10.30 - 11.30 a.m and Ashtanga on Wednesday 6.15-7.15 p.m. Both classes are £7/person, a book of four classes is available for £26. Her class at the Craig Maclean Centre in Grantown starts again on 4th May (6-7 pm, £3.50)
In co-operation with Maximum Adventure I am leading a number of Ben Nevis ascents this year. The first is on Saturday 22nd May. Contact Patrick on 01807 510242 or firstname.lastname@example.org or you can book direct with Maximum Adventure at http://www.maximumadventure.com/the-uk/ben-nevis.html mention "beallich" when booking.
The Mercantour National Park in the Alpes Maritimes,south-east of France, is a little known jewel. With lovely villages and spectacular scenery the walking here is stunning. I am leading a 3 day trip between 3rd and 5th September. Again this is in co-operation with Maximum Adventure, more details can be found at http://www.maximumadventure.com/europe/3-day-alpes-maritime.html (mention "beallich" when booking) or contact Patrick on 01807 510242 or email@example.com for more information.
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“Thanks so much for a wonderful day and sharing your enthusiasm which is contagious and your program was perfect in terms of a challenging hike and scenic views. Not only was the hike beautiful but to end with a yoga class was just a perfect way to stretch and rejuvenate tired muscles. Thanks again for your hospitality! ”
Kate Tucker, adventurefinder.com , Washington DC, USA