I watched an interesting programme on BBC 2 TV the other night entitled the Making of Scotland's Landscape.
The theory put forward was that the barren majestic mountains and glens of the Highlands that we have today are not entirely natural, mankind having made some considerable changes within the last two hundred years.
During that time the crofters and farmers have been removed, sheep and deer introduced and every living creature that was a threat to the grouse has been blasted away with a shotgun.
This has resulted in an ecological disaster and left many areas with poor soil fertility and very few natural inhabitants.
I see we have students rioting in London and trashing Millbank Tower, HQ of the Conservative Party, in their determination to show what they think of the government's plan to increase tuition fees.
In my Victor mode I have very little sympathy I'm afraid, having had to go out to work at 16 and bring some money into the home. No discussion about further education - if you wanted that you went to night school.
The young seem to want everything immediately and are now blaming us oldies for causing the problems.
Back home after three weeks in the sun of Spain and certainly feeling the cold .
The weather on our return is certainly cold and damp.
The only jobs in the garden and allotment seem to be tidying up - sweeping leaves from the ground and bagging them with the hope that in 12 months time we'll have some quality compost for the vegetable patch.
Roses to trim and tidy - how have they managed to grow 6 ft tall ??
Of course more photographs to take and publish - but I'm running out of ideas of where to photograph ... !!!