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2024 arrives with a cough and a splutter in the Parkin household. A flu/covid bug took us out of action for a week or so, but come the 1st of January, we were determined to get out on a walk to blow away the cobwebs, and fortunately, the weather played ball. At this time of year, conditions in Scotland can be a place of two environments. In good weather, below about 500-700m, there can be glorious low-angle sunshine, making the hills glow in golds and russets. Above that is winter’s playground, and the icy ground and snow cover can combine with cloud cover to make it quite the foreboding place. If you know what you’re doing, it can be quite magical. On our walk, the dusting of snow highlighted all the geological features, layers of schist and quartz exposed by the heavy glaciation, which made for wonderfully complex ‘charcoaly’ photos.
I’ve just finished the first instalment of our new ‘Any Questions?’ podcast series with Joe Cornish and our special guest Alex Nail. It was really enjoyable and we were very grateful for the interesting questions that were sent in by readers. We got through most of the questions, and I’m sure we’ll use the rest of them in a future issue. We had a lot of people saying that they missed the previous ‘lockdown’ podcast series, so we’re going to try to ensure that we keep this new format running as long as possible. If you have any ideas for guests or topics and any questions, please don’t hesitate to send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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