Indian Summer.

Here at St Andrews, we are experiencing an Indian Summer, the winds soft the air warm, such a change from a cold August. However, no matter the warmth of September, the shortened days have put pay to any roses now coming to full flower. Time to think about cutting them back, protection against the winter gales to come. The Gladioli are making quite a show, no matter if late they are they will always put on a show.

I made my way out to Cupar, then Pitscottie, and because of road repairs back into St Andrews via Claremont. The Garmin computer tells me I covered 18.47 miles, in a time of 01.36 and ascent of 558 feet at an average speed of 11.5 mph, and burned up 670 calories. Give that man a coconut – sorry no coconuts, by will have to take a Bounty. Hey, you bounty like that.

Just for a bit of fun, I thought I would use my daily mileage (although small) to make the journey from St-Malo to Nice, (going to take a while). St-Malo is almost exactly on the finish line of the St-Malo stage of the 2013 Tour de France.

Stage one: St-Malo to Pontorson, 38 miles – this would have been an average day for me, so I thought I would mark the distances in that way. Today I am about 20 miles short of my target. This first stage, as I remember it, you will be hugging the coastline, giving you a true taste of Brittany. I remember some brilliant local dishes, mostly seafood, from the little restaurants down this coast, always go with the locals, if they are eating it then you should too. And for that first taste of Oysters, then there is no better place to go than Cancale. Even now memories flood back of cycling and camping in Brittany. I remember the wind, but I can not remember even one day of rain, although there must have been some.

With more than 300 sites of historical importance, from Edinburgh Castle to the Neolithic settlement at Skara Brae in Orkney. Research has shown that almost 90% of them are at risk of damage due to the effects of global warming, How do we protect our historic landmarks from climate change? Asked Historic Environment Scotland.

If climate change carries on the way it’s going a lot of these sites will be lost, with their tangible and intangible heritage, and for future generations, they just won’t be there to enjoy” Bonnie Burton a PhD student researching the effects of rising seas and storm surges.

Researchers have identified 28 sites with “very high” levels of risk from hazards of climate change. These include Inchcolm Abbey, situated in the Firth of Forth, which is vulnerable to coastal erosion and flooding. Stanley Mills on the River Tay, again vulnerable to flooding. Likewise Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace. Skara Brae is at risk from stormy seas.

Duff House, vulnerable to flooding from the River Deveron. Much work has already been completed to protect Fort George against rising sea levels.

What will be the real cost of global warming? Are politicians really taking this seriously, I have my doubts, when we see how little has been done since the Paris Accord.

Stay safe.

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