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Menoffagainorrhea [me-noff-again-or-rhea]; the condition of the endless traveller

The discipline of early rising instilled over the past few years had not left me and I was up at 5am on December 1st.  I had slept well in Mac2's cosy spare bed, but once awake I do not like to linger.  After an hour or so of sadhana (prayers and meditation, daily practice), I made brekky of porridge and then glimpsed the very first light of dawn.  It was 7am. Out came the 'Nik' and, wrapping up well against the frost, I crept into through the door and into a clear, crisp morning.

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As Mac2, on the other hand, is NOT an early riser, I entertained myself by practicing with the different modes on the camera.  The one above I had on 'dawn/dusk' mode.  

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This clay urn at the front window is shot in 'night landscape' mode, the reflection being more from streetlamp than Sol.

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As the morning aged, the shadow of the succulent caught my eye in the living room.

Whilst the neighbour's apple tree looked absolutely glorious against the chill sky.

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...and the snowberries, like so many other berries I noted on my journey, were abundant and lush.

Grandfather used to say 'the more the berries the deeper the snow';  (well, what he actually said was 'the mair the haws the deeper the snaws'...either way it does not bode well for a mild winter!)

Eventually Mac2 arose and we added her bags to mine, which I had already loaded into the car.

We were Scotland-bound at last!!!


  1. Super photos as always and yes, it's been a lush autumn where fruit is concerned. The Met Office is even forecasting a bit of snow for us tomorrow as a change from the rain. :-)

  2. Hari OM
    Indeed, this evening it is all doom and storm for Scotland...I do hope you don't end up 'buried' like earlier this year though!!!!

  3. Dear Aunty Yam, I can't help but think you need a dog to accompany you on these early morning walks…
    Toodle pip!

  4. Oooooh, I not knows hoomans still eat porridge...maybe I should stop readin' books...hehehe.
    I has to concur withs Bertie...you needs a dog. I would suggest a short redheaded one:)

    PS: Luverly fotos.

  5. Hari Om
    Bertie and Puddles...you could be right. Give it time!!

    Eva - why thank you ma'am!

  6. Beautiful pictures, I like the clay urn !

  7. Wonderful early morning shots.

  8. I'm with you: early riser. I was up at 6 today.
    Lovely time of day.
    happy trails, traveller.
    Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!


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