I spent this past weekend in beautiful Perthshire, with friends. It was supposed to be a hill-walking weekend – indeed they all went off and bagged four Munros. My fitness levels did not permit such strenuous activity, so I broached the lower reaches of the mountains with them – high enough to have a lovely view back down the valley, but not so high that my oxygen levels were compromised. I then took the opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside, including a drive up the stunning Glen Lyon, through Bridge of Balgie and then down to the banks of Loch Tay. Some time was spent sketching and painting. Many photographs were also taken. I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful country and have promised myself I will get out and about to explore other areas as much as possible.