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Now I have moved North of the Border I hope to bring you a flavour of Scotland


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The Falkirk Wheel

What a beautiful day it turned out to be, the sun shone and although freezing when you were not in the sun when it shone on you it was warm and very therapeutic.    Decided to visit the Falkirk Wheel as we were meeting up with friends over in the Polmont area of Falkirk.

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift is named after the town it resides in of Falkirk in central Scotland. It opened in 2002, reconnecting the two canals for the first time since the 1930s as part of the Millennium Link project.

The wheel raises boats by 24 metres (79 ft), but the Union Canal is still 11 metres (36 ft) higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel. Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, and one of two working boat lifts in the United Kingdom, the other being the Anderton boat lift.

The Anderton Boat Lift is very close to the Cheshire town of Northwhich, England.  This is also well worth a visit as I love Cheshire as some of you know as I lived very close to it at one time.

I took a video of the Wheel in action, although, as the sun was shining over the top of the Wheel and I was trying to block it out, you can see part of an arm, I am sorry, but it was either that or you would not be able to see any of it.  Hope you enjoy the short video.

p.s. not often you moan about the sun in Scotland.

video here Falkirk Wheel Vid

 


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Camping At Cobleland Campsite Gartmore

Setting off on Friday evening with excitement and trepidation my partner Alan and I set off on a camping trip to Cobleland Campsite just a few miles from Aberfoyle a very popular tourist Attraction and Gateway to the Highlands and islands of my beautiful country – Scotland.

(Aberfoyle – Lomond and Trossachs National Park.  This small but important village lies in one of Europe’s most beautiful locations at the southern edge of the West Highland Fault, and lying inside the Lomond & Trossachs National Park, with Loch Ard , Loch Chon, Loch Arklet and Loch Lomond all lying to the West, Loch Katrine, Loch Achray and Loch Venacher to the North and the Lake of Menteith, Scotland’s only “lake” lying to the East. The village is without doubt the most important gateway to the Trossachs and has something for everyone, including those people who love old mysteries).

Never having camped in a tent before I really did not know what to expect.  Yes, I have been in a touring caravan, had a static van but I have never stayed in a tent.  Yikes, be brave, don’t be a wimp I thought I can do this!!!!!

What a fabulous 2 nghts stay I had.  Wish I had done this years ago when I was younger with my boys but you are never too old to try things I keep getting told.   No high heels, no fancy dresses, no make up, just a bit of lipstick, walking boots and denims and hiking pants, it was amazing.

On arrival we put the tent up which was easy (we had a trial run in our back garden before we went) and we had a great pitch right by the river which ran right through the site.  As we finished making “house” the rain clouds came in and it poured down but our wee tent was cosy and really homely.    When it was time to go to bed I snuggled down in my fleece pjs and sleeping bag on the camp bed which was really comfy.  I did sleep on and off as the rain  and wind was a bit fearce and I kept thinking I was going to land in the river, overthinking is not good.

Saturday morning arrived and after we got ready and made breakfast we headed off for Aberfoyle and then on  to Callander.

(Callander is a bustling tourist town situated on the River Teith, near Stirling, and is often described as the gateway to the Highlands) .

The drive was dramatic as it was raining really heavily and the mountains were just covered in a very thick rainy mist.  Unfortunately the light was not good to take photographs but I have put on a few below.

Heading back to our tent later that evening I thought to myself, yes I want to do this again.  The freedom of the tent was great, the campsite was very clean and the owners and staff went above and beyond their duty to make our stay great.

Will I be back, YES, will I go to other campsites and explore, MOST DEFINTELY.  I AM HOOKED.

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SONY DSC


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Scottish Independence Begins Again – Saturday 30th July 2016 – Glasgow

Hi, hope you are all well and enjoying your summer.  Unfortunately, July in the West of Scotland has been a wash out.  Hopefully August will be much better.

Today there was a March for Independence which started at the West End of the City and made its way to George Square.  It was great to see the flags back in the City as well as a few “well kent” faces in the crowds.  The March and Rally went off peacefully and what started as a wet morning turned into quite a nice afternoon.

I hope you like some of my pictures which are below.

 


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P1 SuperStock and AquaX hit Greenock for the 2016 P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

And finally, this is the Hydroflight guy  Sonnie Bean who was phenominal.  I would love to try this (if I was about 40 years younger)

 

 


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P1 SuperStock and AquaX hit Greenock for the 2016 P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

Hi, As well as the race there were lots of other water sports going on which I would like to share with you:  here is the first one, what a fantastic jet skier this young man was:  looping the loop jet ski style is not for the faint hearted:

 


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P1 SuperStock and AquaX hit Greenock for the 2016 P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

Hi, hope you are all well, have  not put anything on here for ages, just been busy doing other things really.  Today I decided it was time to dust off the dust that had collected on my camera over the past year and get myself down to Greenock and take photographs of the P1 SuperStock and AquaX hit Greenock for the 2016 P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

 It was a beautful day, and the Clyde Coast was looking perfect shining in all her glory.  I hope you like the photographs and look forward to your feedback.

Have a great weekend and hope to be back on here soon.


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111 Union Street Glasgow Fire Tea Time Friday 23 October 2015

At last I thought Off for one week’s holiday. No diary management, no early morning rises, no trying to juggle appointments off for a whole week. Happy days. Until, leaving the building where I work in Glasgow I heard fire engine sirens and police sirens blaring and as I turned into Renfield Street there was a mass of blue lights. Of course I did not have my camera with me so had to make do with my mobile phone until my partner came with the cameras. Fortunately, there were no people injured everyone had got out of the building safe. I did not find out the cause of the fire but somebody said it seemed there was an electrical fault. Maybe I will find out later. The weather was damp and cold as the firemen worked tirelessly to dampen down the smoke and make the buildng safe. I have added a view of my pictures and I hope you like them.

Glasgow fire       Glasgow fire

Glasgow fire       Glasgow fire

Glasgow fire       Glasgow fire

Glasgow fire       Glasgow fire

Glasgow fire       Glasgow fire

Glasgow fire                                 Glasgow fire

Glasgow fire       Glasgow fire

Glasgow fire       Glasgow fire

Glasgow fire       Glasgow fire