Yesterday was another warm day and we swam in the Clunie River in Braemar. It was refreshing, crystal clear, and home to lots of juvenile trout. The trout ranged in size from tiny to an adult that was at least half a metre long. They can live for 10 to 20 years apparently and are quite territorial. I got a photo of one of the smaller ones from above the water surface. It’s in the very centre of this next photo – you may need to zoom in a bit.
Braemar is looking splendid and also very busy. More people are holidaying locally because of covid and beauty spots around the country are full of British tourists.
The butcher in Braemar stocks lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and even some vegan food. It’s the white building, left of centre in the next photo. The world is definitely changing when the country village butcher stocks vegan burgers.
River swimming is fast becoming a favourite activity of ours. The fresh water is soft and lovely, there’s no sand which is annoying and ends up everywhere, and there are also trees by a river which are not just not just good for shade: they also look attractive.
I feel a bit bad sharing our experiences of this wonderful corner of the world in which we live, especially knowing how lucky we have to have an abundance of clean, fresh water when other countries in the world are running out of water. All I can say in my defence is I don’t take any of it for granted and I know full well how lucky we are. We also leave no trace that we have been there and if we see other peoples’ litter we pick it up and put it in the bin.