Last day of candy floss and deckchairs

3rd April 2021

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(Above) Bathed in warm spring sunshine after a cold start. Sron a Ghoire and the crags and gullies of the Post Face of Coire Ardair viewed from Laggan this afternoon. Snow cover is patchy but hanging on in there above 850/900m, and more snow on the Creag Meagaidh plateau than was visible from Beinn a Chaorainn in yesterday’s blog posting.
(Above) Loch a Bhealaich Leamhain viewed from the well defined bealach separating Geal Charn (1049m) from Beinn a Chlachair. Loch Pattack in the far distance. Sketchy snow cover now on all lower hills.
(Above) Cool in the shade but warm even up high around 900m. Was quite a sweaty graunch up to the bealach and (just about) felt the need for shorts for the first time this year. The sun and mild temperatures ensured the snow surface softened everywhere except for persistently shaded places today. However, this warm almost balmy weather will be a distant memory in a day to two!
(Above) The view west from up high today. The well defined spine of the Grey Coires (centre), the back bowls & crags of Aonach Mor (right) all clearly visible up to 19 miles away.
(Above) A telephoto shot of Ben Alder taken from Blargie. Retaining quite a decent cover of snow on its plateau.

Comments on this post

  • Keith
    4th April 2021 4:04 pm

    “A sweaty graunch” you say, not an image I want to bring to mind!
    Thanks for all your input over the year, not much use to me as it turned out but v interesting nevertheless.

    • meagaidhadmin
      4th April 2021 9:06 pm


      I like to conjure and experiment with words. Graunch is one of those multipurpose words with flexible meanings.

      But graunch is definitely not a noun in this context. “I’ve got a sweaty graunch.’ No! Definitely not that!

      I favour, ‘a difficult and/or strenuous activity’.

      The Urban Dictionary’s ‘Top Definition’ is, ‘to damage something by using excessive force, often with the use of an incongruous implement’ (…..which, quite coincidentally, might describe my approach to dealing with troublesome computers).

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