Yesterday Tom produced a short time lapse of a short walk to and from the apple tree, and I thought you might like to see it.

The walk takes you from where the top of our garden meets the west Highland way, and up the hill, to the edge of the Auchengillan estate. On the way you pass the apple tree. You see the Campsie Fells to the right / east, and Ben Lomond and the Trossachs in the distance to the left / west. As you turn to retrace your steps, our steading and the loch behind it are visible to the right, and there’s a lovely view all across the Blane Valley. The time lapse also conveys one of the things I enjoy most about being here at this time of year – the overwhelming green of the landscape. New grass pushes up through the old, the hedges and trees burst forth, and though I’m not a fan of bracken (especially when it grows to chest height and impedes my walks), there is still something heartening about seeing it uncurl and stretch and grow. The time lapse takes you into the middle of the tree itself, before it ends. You don’t hear the sound of the cuckoos or the curlews, or the noise of Bruce snuffling and bounding, but I hope you enjoyed this short walk out from my back door.

47 thoughts on “a walk to the lightning tree

  1. Wonderful video! I’m on holiday in Speyside right now, there is yellow everywhere with both the gorse and broom in full flower. The scent was amazing when we visited Clava Cairns on the way here from Caithness.
    Then today we went to the bridge at Craigellachie, where a black Labrador was having great fun retrieving sticks from the river. I immediately thought of Bruce.
    Of course there was a Distillery visit too…

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  2. Ah bracken. It’s a native I grow here in the NW of the US not by choice, but because it would take a back hoe, practically, to dig the established plants out. What are the flashes of blue flowers we see? Another not quite blue, not quite purple flower like blue bells? What are the apples like on the lightning tree? We had so many apples last year that we were able to be generous to the cows across the street. They spent the winter in the barn and when they were let out this spring they were enthusiastically hopeful for apples. Sorry, buds, wrong time of year and fall isn’t looking hopeful. Cows can be very judgey when apples aren’t supplied.

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  3. Beautiful. It looks like heaven. You are lucky to live there. the shape of the Apple tree is too good, it looks a wall paper to me. Thanks for giving me a chance to look at it.

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  4. Thank you for that, Kate, Tom and Bruce – a walk I have done many times (I live locally) and extra welcome as I am recovering from a hip replacement and can’t go out in the lovely weather we have enjoyed lately. Once I’m off my crutches, there will be no stopping me!
    To compensate, I have ordered lots of yarn (as if I needed more!) and a veritable wool mountain arrived this morning – lots of colours, so exciting! EVERYONE is getting socks for Christmas this year!

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  5. Dear Kate,
    I’ve been binge reading your blog from start to finish these past few weeks and it’s been an absolutely enthralling read.
    I’m setting out to walk the WHW on the 30th, so your accounts of this part of Scotland, has been of particular interest to me. I can’t remember being this excited about a trip for a very, very long time, and this post just added to my anticipation.
    Thank you for a truly inspirational and informative blog.

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  6. The colors of the Highlands – Breathtaking! I will view it over and over.
    Loved the surprise ending with the blossoms of the tree. Thank you.

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  7. Thank you for the trip! The place is amazing – perfect for long walks and picnics and flower picking and savouring nature with all your senses!

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  8. I don´t know if you will believe it but the hill we see at 0:07 was my favourite place of our first two days on the West Highland Way when we walked it in 2014. A year later when I got my Seven Skeins Club package with your address on it I used Google Street View to check where exactly on the WHW you lived (now that I could link it to my memories of our trek) and was truly amazed to arrive precisely at The Hill! Thank you for the video!

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      1. I should have written “the little hill Tom with the camera walks on at 0:07” — not the Dumgoyne peak further down the valley, but I liked that one as well!

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  9. oh wow, wonderful! I always thought you live in or near Glencoe, but this is more Balloch-aera? It is a lovely tour.. We always try to go at least once a year to Scotland. I’d move there if i could.

    Thanks for lovely video

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  10. I walked the WHW a few years ago. I’m originally from the West Coast but have lived in London for 30 years.
    I walked with 3 best friends…best times, company and landscape. Very inspiring!!!

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