Writing from the Burly Whag Book
Walked in from Mitchelslacks this morning. Have brought in wood, coal and candles. Burnt a lot of old bills and bank stuff (shredders are no way near as much fun) and tidied up. The bothy is very tidy but mouse droppings everywhere. I also brought in a pair of brass candlesticks and a candelabra. £2 from charity shops! Hats off to Colin and anyone else who looks after this bothy. Heading back now via Queensferry.
Found the reason why there’s a mice problem – the loft is being used as a bin.
Polite notices have no effect. Parts of the sheep pens still go missing. Some people have to use these pens to work in. So it’s no joke when parts of them go missing. Pissed off shepherd.
Enjoyed the wee dawner up from Mitchellslacks. Dry, misty but mild. Some pieces and cheese and some tea. Heading back out after I give the floor a quick sweep.
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Passing through. Snow and wind.
Hi Jimmy! Got here first! Charles.
Stopped overnight. Got ripped off by 16 year old card shark! Walk this morning. Good trip!
Good to get out of the wind and no longer wading through knee deep bog.
To the person who used the other room as a toilet. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! Who is going to clean it up? It’s bad enough when it’s in the sheep pens but in the bothy is just disgusting. USE THE SPADE.
Carried up a holdall full of coal in a plastic basin, left for holding coal. Weather on walk up was awful, cloudy, heavy rain, later on there was a wee bit of lightning followed by thunder and then it went cold and snowy, soon cleared up and a clear cold night there was. Made a big cover for the door to the sleeping room out of newspaper sheets and gaffer tape to keep the draft out and got a braw fire goin’, enjoyed a fine meal or two and found Radio One eventually for the drum n’ bass show. A crackin’ night and guid sleep followed by a tin of all day breakfast, a tin of bacon and 2 huge burgers. Now to tidy up and sweep out. Left as found, in spiffing condition.
Arrived on a glorious Sunny day in mid May. Grand bothy in a grand setting. Observed numerous satellites whizzing over on a perfect starry night.
Please do not let decoy crows out of cages. These are vermin species who damage not only to birds’ nests but also lambs and ewes. People seem to take the countryside into their own hands. Leave things alone. Gamekeeper.
Rain swept in 1 minute after we got in. Great noodle stew. Shame about no evening stroll up Queensbury. Try again early tomorrow, if we wake up early.
Brought the stove door back, after repairs. Got here at 3.15pm. A lovely afternoon, but all the burns are still big, noisy and fast after all the rain in these parts this past couple of days. Put up some new coat hooks. Heading back out 4.30pm.
Came in from M.stacks, was going to do Queensbury but snow a bit deep. O/night temp -8C and blizzards overnight. Had the break ice in burn to get water. Nice to see mountain hares in their winter white coats.
If unable to bury human waste please cover it up at least. A disgruntled shepherd after having to scrub the same dog twice in as many days.
Walked up in the dark to the welcome sight of a light in the window. Good company. Lovely and warm.
An easy walk up yesterday. Why are there loads of dead birds on the path?
Trundled up from Mitchellslacks, nice wee wonder. Bothy nice and tidy. Some folk staying here obviously out for a walk, have left you some wee food treats. Hope you enjoyed your walk. Found dying sheep at New Ho – will report to farmer on way back.
Sat in front of a roaring fire and snowing outside. -15C on the second night. Just enjoyed the treats left by bothy visitors today – thank-you!! Nice surprise. Sorry to be leaving tomorrow.
Lone cottage + snow
Burn slowing with thickening ice
Indoors, stove glows
Took 5 ½ hours to get here from a lovely country down south of here. Got lost twice partly cos I’m thick and also because some idiot crashed their car into one of the road signs and left it pointing in the wrong direction. Then we met a mad white hare that wanted to play road warrior and die but we spared his life and allowed him to complete his marathon much to our impatience (it must have ran at least a mile down the road whilst we waited). Anyhow burned loads of coal and drank plenty of fire water. Bed by 3.30ish.
Hope the rain stays off for the walk out. A very cold night spent in here. Bit of a drizzle on. Leaving at first light.