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Blog Mayhem

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:

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 or you can book direct with Maximum Adventure at 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 (mention "beallich" when booking) or contact Patrick on 01807 510242 or for more information.

Alpes Maritimes copyright P Harrison


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Abby seems to know instictively when to change the routines which helps to keep the class interesting. Because it is a small class she can adapt as necessary and supervision is very good.

Katherine Elder, yoga class

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