A New Year approaches so it is that time of year when the papers, magazines and T.V. are full of diet and exercise advice that they assume we ALL need. There is of course another favourite topic that again we All are supposed to address….that is the matter of making New Year Resolutions.
I have an intense dislike for the so called making of these ‘resolutions’, resolutions, that as far as I can judge, most folk don’t keep to for very long. But I do admit that I do have a maintain a particular habit at this time of year to tackle three specific tasks. So lets start…..
We have a saying
‘That you cannot see the wood……..
……………For the trees’
So the first task is to clear all those small (and not so small) piles of papers and books that you tend to acquire on and around the desk, papers that were not important enough to action when received but important enough to save for another day…a day, a week, a month then a year…..until you forgot they were there. For the most part you I tend to find the trash can the most useful piece of equipment.
The second task takes a little longer and is perhaps more vital. I do try to keep my hard drives and back up drives in order, images, features, letters, invoices all in neat files. None the less I still have, for want of a better phrase, some loose ends on the hard drives that need proper homes. So I always spend time between Christmas and New Year doing just that. Yep, sometimes there is the odd surprise but mostly it helps to start my third task.
At this point I should say that the the third task is not really a task at all but the rather enjoyable task of planning the coming years trip locations and digging through the hard drives jogs the brain cells into overdrive.
But looking again at these images has ensured that Scotland will be top of the list for at least two trips this year…
EILEAN DONAN CASTLE, LOCH ALSH, WEST HIGHLANDS
DUNCANSBY HEAD, CAITHNESS
THE TORRIDONS, NORTH WEST HIGHLANDS
ACROSS THE MINCH TO ASSYNT FROM BADCALL BAY
CROMARTY HARBOUR, THE BLACK ISLE
UATH LOCHANS, GLEN FESHIE, CAIRNGORMS
The Mountains, Sea, Castles and Lochs of the Highlands and their coastline have a magical draw and no doubt we will see a few trees and no doubt some wood!
In the meantime its back to the clear up….I might be some time.