Another in a very sporadic blog category, Music Mondays returns to your screen. This Monday is New Zealander Daniel McBride, Sheep, Dog & Wolf. Ever since having the below video featured on Vimeo staff picks I have been giving his 2013 album Egospect a on repeat listen. His music mixes somewhere between Bon Iver and Gizzly bear (Yellow House) McBride while even manages to draw a Gaurdian quote as a “Young Sufjan Stevens”. This one man band manages to make some gorgeous harmonies, mixed with some spacey lyrics and a slight touch of homemade, the instrumental feel is perfect in work music for a disappointingly grey Monday in Glasgow.
Check out the video below and then watch the behind the scenes. A rather epic video for a very simple but perfectly formed song.
Last weekend we headed up North again, this time to adventure in Glencoe. The Curved ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor was our goal. A rather infamous climb and probably considered the wrong side to climb. Its a formidable sight as you drive through Glencoe and the triangular shape of Buachaille Etive Mor appears with cloud capped ridges.
The first bit is a gentle stroll up the path to the left, across some rivers with waterfalls, all very idyllic and lulling you into a false sense of security I reckon. It’s not long till its helmets on and careful consideration with every step as we get to the bottom of Curved ridge.
Eventually we got to a bit that was just a little stretch too far. Thankfully Euan was at hand to assist with ropes and we soon were up and over. It was rather patronising for the fella below to scramble up the side of the mountain face as we grappled with a small four metre wall on Curved ridge.
Soon we were at the summit and like most Munros’ summits there was a dog there, full of energy and ready to climb the mountain fifty times again, making our feat seem insignificant. This was Summer, she had even found time to roll in fox poop and was well proud of herself. After all that, this is the descent that was ahead of us. Not that impressive but lovely stone steps all the way down, my knees did not thank me for this.
Always a tough decision to change your profile picture on any social network, but it was about time I changed all of mine. It was a toss up between the above Polaroid of myself with a gloriously painful hipster glow, and the below shot of myself recently in Morocco. Not much of a choice you say and too right, neither offering anything to be considered inviting or trust / hire / follow me. But how on earth do you select a profile picture, I’ve changed mine about three times in the past seven years. Let’s go with the idea I haven’t changed much, the reality is I don’t care too much how people view me. Let’s hope the new profile picture represents all that I am not really anywhere near you and taking a photo.
Finally took my first trip up into the Cairngorms for a camp and a climb. What a gorgeous place it is and the light, although lacking was gorgeous. As per usual I haven’t edited any these photos of the Cairngorms.
Have always been disappointed in the beaches in Scotland, but the Loch beaches up in the Cairngorms are stunning. Lovely sandy tree-lined beaches perfect for sitting late into the night, drinking and chatting.
Not only was this the first time in the Cairngorms this was my first time doing a Munro. We set off to climb Cairn gorm via the Fiacaill Ridge and what an amazing way to do our first Munro. The Cairngorms looked stunning down below as we climbed the ridge. It was a bit windy but the climb was really enjoyable. I of course didn’t bring my camera and my phone died mid climb so no photos of the climb. If you want to find out more about the climb check out this link to Walk Highlands and go have your own Cairngorms adventure.
Every August in Northern Ireland something out west would manage to tempt the Belftiats from their caves to cross the River Bann. Being the only thing of creative interest to happen in Fermanagh since a certain Oscar was knocking about, Forfey was always on my calendar. Unfortunately this year building control decided it wasn’t to be.
Amigos, aficionados, artistes. It is with a heavy heart that we at Team F tell you that our beloved festival will not be taking place in 2015. For the last number of months, we’ve striven to pull strings, scratch backs and otherwise lather-up the authorities, but to no avail – our venues do not pass muster with building control. We’re still engaged with local, regional and provincial officialdom to see what can be done going forward, but for now, “Anno Rex” remains our latest and greatest achievement. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last nine years. We’ve seen some unforgettable moments in the most unlikely yet intimate venues. We’ve got bruises and fond memories from year one to year nine. We hope to make many more (of both). Love, Team F.
Here is a few Throwback Thursday photos from five years ago at a great weekend. Not Squares absolutely destroyed the place and more than one barn in Fermanagh had a hangover. Here’s looking forward to 2016, 2017, 2018…
Just take a few minute to yourself and think about what Google earth is. You can actually now go pretty much anywhere in the world and see it. You can even scan back a few years to see how it has changed. Its a rather spectacular world of technology we live in.
Take a gander at this list of fifty amazing finds on Google earth. Some are even more impressive than my montage above.
While I was back in greener and wetter pastures I managed to take a gaunt up to the highest point in all of Fermanagh and Cavan. Recently it has become even easier to make the 666metres(665m in some books) to the top with the building of a wooden walkway and stairs up the Fermanagh side of Cuilcagh. It even got itself a wee article in the impartial reporter, not that I am jealous.
It’s a rather impressive structure and it made the walk a lot easier and a whole lot of a drier experience than I remembered. It shall be interesting to see what state a Fermanagh winter leaves it in. It does come to an abrupt end at the top and leaves the adventurer amongst the insane moon scape that is on the top of Cuilcagh. A flat barren top with no real features or points.
The limestone pavement, mixed with textures and shapes makes for an impressive location. It really got me thinking about Fermanagh and the abundance of gorgeous scenery and locations. This strange scenery is even used in Game of Thrones season 3 for Beric Dondarrion’s hideout. Which was filmed just down the road at Belmore Forest.