Adventures of the Early Ooters

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Portencross 13 December

Allan, Davie Mc, Dougie, Gus, Ian, Jim, Kenny T, Malcolm, Paul, Rex, Robert

Ten little, or not so little, Ooters all in a row
We were kitted out for some wild weather as we set off on the familiar Portencross circular from the carpark at the castle. Moving in a clockwise direction we had just passed the castle when the rain and hail arrived and accompanied us all along the track until we met the road leading to the power station. Fortunately, the weather had been coming from behind our shoulders, so we had been shielded from the very worst. From the road it was to remain dry, except for a light five-minute shower, for the rest of the walk. The pace was lively as we tried to keep warm but, by the time coffee was called for at the shore, the weather had improved to such an extent that people were complaining of too many layers.
Preparing for coffee
We didn’t delay long, and layers, wisely, were not removed as we made for the bridle path, the main road, and then back in to the smallholdings. There was a suggestion that we should take lunch at the abandoned shed, a place we have eaten at before, but it was decided that it would be more sensible to continue straight back to the cars, get changed, and eat in the comfort of the vehicles.
Dandy Davie said two hours and twenty-five minutes for our seven-mile circuit. The weather, although cold, had been much kinder than anticipated, and all benefited from the exercise.
FRT was taken at the Kings Arms in West Kilbride (for Rex’s benefit I’ll repeat: WEST KILBRIDE*), where a good hour was spent discussing, amongst other things, our fiscal strategy for next year i.e. how much money we would put in the kitty, and whether it would be a flat charge for everyone, or a sliding scale, depending on whether individuals were consuming alcoholic or soft drinks. It was agreed that a flat charge of £7 (bring the right money as no change will be given**) will be introduced in January.
*It should have been Fairlie simple to get there.
** To make it easier for our kitty man.

Walk for 20th December

Meet at Darvel at 9.30 am for scones/mince pies. Hoping to set off at 10 am to do a road walk.

Kitty contributions

Weekly contributions as at the 1st of January will be set at £7 ,bring the correct money as no change will be given. ( this was agreed in the West Kilbride pub after much discussion).

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

New arrangements for Wed 13th Dec

Meet in the car park beside Portencross Castle at 10.00 a.m. This should shorten the walk as the forecast is wet and windy again. FRT venue can be agreed upon during the walk.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Kilmarnock linear 6 December

Alan, Allan, Davie C, Dougie, Gus, Ian, Johnny, Peter, Rex, Robert

Given the poor weather forecast (not for the first time on a Wednesday this year) it was decided to hold an AGM (Annual Gastronomic Meeting) in Wetherspoon’s in Kilmarnock. Any walking was of a linear nature i.e. to the bar and back, and despite the special (14oz steak) being ‘aff’, or so they said, we had a very convivial lunch washed down with reasonably priced beers, and wine for you know who.
The banter was lively and the time passed quickly. The fitbits suggested between three and five pints with the event taking two and a half hours.
Not a bad way to spend a wet Wednesday!