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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

No Time for Litter Louts.

I've spent good part of the summer building a new shed in the garden, I say new but it was mostly constructed from an old shed that we dismantled with the view of re-using as much material as possible.

This was all done with the help of Graham, we work well together bouncing ideas off each other as we did last year when the bungalow was getting renovated.

I had guests from New Zealand to stay recently for a few days. They are Dave & June Sinclair and June's sister Pearl. When they arrived at Langholm they had already been travelling for 90 days since leaving NZ and still had a month to go before returning home. Dave at  a spritely 83 drove their hire car for over 1600 miles all around the UK. They are currently touring Devon and Cornwall by coach. Unfortunately I don't have any photos of them to show.

The following are a few shots I took on my last visit to fill the feeders at the moorland feeder station.

I was most disappointed to find some discarded litter.......

.....upon my arrival. A rather thoughtless and unnecessary act one hopefully not to be repeated.

A depressed looking pheasant.




















Monday, 4 June 2018

Sunday Stroll.


Apart from doing some odd jobs around the house I spent a very lazy Sunday in front of the TV. By late afternoon I decided to get off my backside and go for a stroll round the Lodge Walks. After the recent spell of sunny warm weather followed by showers the vegetation was at it's best.








I passed over the Duchess Bridge....

.....and stopped to admire the view upstream.

I passed the soaring Eagle which seemed to be keeping a hungry eye on.....

.......this small flock of sheep on the Castleholm.

This azalea is quite eye-catching and goes well with the green.

I passed the South Lodge......

....and made my back into town past the Kilngreen where the annual Muckle Toon Adventure Festival is being well advertised.

Recently brightly decorated bicycles have appeared at various locations in the town, and I suspect they are in conjunction with the adventure festival, I must congratulate who ever came up with this idea as it brightens up the town no end at a time when spirits need to be lifted, and if I was a stranger passing through I would seriously be tempted to stop and explore the place.


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Holiday Snaps

Most of today's photos are from a recent trip to Gran Canaria. This a very relaxing holiday with plenty of sunshine and refreshments. My travel companions were George and Kenny and we were joined by Kenny's brother Cliff and his friend Paddy. This is an Island that I will certainly visit again sometime in the future, it offers fabulous beaches and spectacular mountain drives of which Kenny, Cliff  and I took the advantages of  a day trip into the mountains. 
Hotel pool in the evening.

There were some stunning gardens and houses.




There was some clever beach artists


I loved this bird of paradise plant.

We enjoyed an afternoon at Puerto Mogan, soaking up the sunshine and tasting the local fair


Mt travel companions.

This fish platter was meant for two.


The following shots are a selection from our mountain trip. It was a bit of a whistle stop tour, pausing in one or two villages for at the most 30 minutes but it was nice to see the rural part of Gran Canaria. One village which was quite intriguing because the houses looked quite normal but they were fronts to caves, a modern way of primitive living you could say.











Since I've been home I've had time to visit the Weeping Window of poppies which is currently on display at Carlisle Castle.......

.......preceded by a visit to Haddington where I spent a very pleasant afternoon sitting outside the Waterside Inn reading and watching a family of swans.