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Old 10 October 2014, 11:29   #11
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As others have said, great read & interesting as always ...
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Keep 'em coming Gurnard. There had better be a wild camp and obligatory open fire in the next instalment!
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Thanks again to everyone reading this thread and also to those commenting. It is appreciated as I know I can babble a bit :-D

It didnít take long to pitch my Tesco Extra value tent which I got in an end of season sale for £10. This is its third season of wild camping and has stood up well to my abuse..the only niggle I have with it is the floor space is 5.5ft long and I am 6ft long so I will replace it soon. Im hunting the end of season bargains as I write this.




I suddenly realised that I was starving as I had not eaten a thing since lunch time. My stomach couldnít wait until I lit a camp fire .. so I broke out the emergency gas stove and cooked a beef burger soaked in black gravy. I find the gravy gives Tesco value burgers a delicious flavour.. and hides the odd piece of horse meat flavouring. I donít waste left over gravy either..I drink it neat.




Suitably refreshed, I wandered over to have a look at the Lighthouse at the entrance to Glencallum Bay. It marks the entrance to the Clyde shipping channel between Bute and Little Cumbrae Island.





The doors had been vandalised but they left the rest of the lighthouse intact... presumably because they thought the rusting oil tank which would have lit the lamp many years ago.. was a bomb ?





Of course the lighthouse still works because it has long been converted to solar power and the ladder to the beacon removed..making it vandal proof.





I headed back to tie the boat down for the night. The falling tide had left it high and dry.. which suited me. I calculated that it would refloat again around four in the morning so double anchored it, with both anchors secured above high tide.. in case I slept in..which could be possible if had had too much gravy before bed. The weekís bad news was still very much in my mind.




To be continued ....
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Looking forward to your recipe book too Gurnard
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You need to put all your exploring in one big book, and an audio book!

I really like how you keep us all on the edge waiting for the next episode!


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Although the sun had disappeared behind the hills at the back of Glencallum bay .. it was still a warm evening. June is a great month for wild camping in Scotland as the midges are only starting to appear ... and this night, there was a fresh breeze to keep any early ones away.

Rather than sit thinking about the last week.. I decided to get some more sun by clambering to the top of the hills behind the campsite. I always like to survey the surrounding area before sleeping alone in the wild... just to reassure myself that there are no signs of werewolves or other mythical beasts that could come visiting when darkness fell. Not surprisingly...my imagination can run away with me at times.

At was a very peaceful scene looking south over the Firth of Clyde to the hills of Arran. I recalled long forgotten summer days walking those hills as a youngster on holidays with my parents.



I looked east over Glencallum bay from the eagles perch ..and recalled long forgotten summer days drinking in Nicolís Bar..at Adrossan on the mainland ... as a young man .. waiting for the ferry to take myself and friends to Arran for wild weekends of camping.



Looking northwards ..up the Clyde ..and across the southern end of Bute .. I then relaxed as there was no sign of other humans.. never mind hairy wolves. I should sleep ok when darkness fell ?



I returned to the campsite and lit the fire. Normally I wont make stone rings around a fire as I think it marks the wilderness. Instead I build them on the sand or shingle.. where it is easy to scoop up the ashes and put them in the sea when finished. However.. as there was an existing stone ring at this site . I used it. I enjoyed a couple more tins of black gravy as I collected burnable rubbish left discarded by others.. to supplement my own carried in firewood.. and to help clean the area.



Then I settled down to second dinner. Greed perhaps .. but there are two burgers in a Tesco value pack..and I donít believe in wasting anything. Then I washed the snack down with some more gravy .. before getting ready for bed... and preparing for the dark.




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