Pretty, wintery scenes near Appletree luxury self catering holiday cottage near Drymen, Loch Lomond
Very cold weather this February has produced much cold weather. Apart from being good for our apple orchard (the cold kills the unwanted bugs) the weather has produced contrasting views and conditions in the space of a few days.
Last week the Endrick Water burst its banks on the flood plain by Drymen Bridge.
It didn't take long to drain and a few days later the water had gone and was replaced by sunshine and snow...
The flood plain by the bridge, an area which forms part of the show ground for the Drymen Show (one of Scotland's oldest agricultural shows) works very well. Quick filling up after heavy rain and then dispersing - flowing into Loch Lomond - within usually 24 hours.
Last week the water must have risen around ten feet (3.3 meters). The skies were dark and everything was wet. This week bright and cheery with a dusting of snow.
Even the cold wet dark days are impressive in this ever-changing landscape.
Further down the road near Finnich Toll, not far from the Devil's Pulpit, the water form a puddle in the road has splashed onto the adjacent fence and trees causing a myriad of small icicles..
Further up the Endrick Water still we found some good icicles on the bank at Gartness.