It’s cold and windy so Gayle throws on all her layers and goes snowshoeing with a man who devised a new list of mountains...
It was the white that caught my eye; a flash of undulating paleness as the small group of roe deer bounded up the slope and into the thick cover of the young conifer plantation.
Balcarres Estate, Colinsburgh, Fife
Over seven days I have been lucky enough to be involved in three Sport Relief events: riding with Zoe Ball from Blackpool to Brighton; with Alex Jones and four mums for the One Show Mother of All Challenges and the Radio One DJ, Greg James, as he resumed his previously aborted Pedal to the Peaks. It all added up to a distance of 541 miles and a dizzying 26,713ft of ascent.
Two’s company and three’s a crowd – which was certainly the case here on the high cliffs at Fowlsheugh south of Stonehaven where the fulmars bickered as they sought to reclaim their nesting ledges.
I looked back to this time last year to see what I had written about and it confirmed what the Doyenne and I suspected. The weather was milder a year ago but, despite the recent cold snap, signs of spring this year seem at least a fortnight earlier.
Loch Boltachan, St Fillans, Perth & Kinross
Brave, hardy and dedicated, they give up their time to volunteer with Scottish Mountain Rescue. Gayle Ritchie joins teams on an avalanche rescue training weekend in Glenshee
I was lucky enough to spend the last five weeks guiding cyclists in Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Before you get too jealous, the Canary Islands were experiencing some of their worst weather in years with high winds, torrential rain and enough snow to block roads. It got to the point where I was looking forward to coming home and getting some decent weather – I arrived in Scotland just in time for the Beast from the East to make its appearance.
Ospreys, beavers, red squirrels...and volunteers hard at work. Gayle spends a morning at Loch of the Lowes wildlife reserve