Posts Tagged With: Scotland

Photo update

Sorting through some pics from a friend’s recent visit from Canada, and decide to post this one of me at Culzean Castle.

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Update

We’ve had a friend over from Canada, and have been doing the touristy thing.  It’s kind of weird but fun seeing places you’ve become accustomed to, through the eyes of someone who’s experiencing them for the first time.

The result is we’ve got a load of photos, so once she leaves, I’ll take time to sort through them and get some uploaded.  This afternoon we’re off to do the tour of Central Station, before hitting a couple of micro breweries.

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Bike stuff

Been a wee while since I’ve been on, so here’s a quick update.
I did the Pedal for Scotland bike ride again, cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh (Ingleston Showground to be exact) a distance of 46 miles.  The route this year was way better than last years’ with some of the brutal hills from last year being avoided.  That’s not to say there weren’t any hills, there were, but no problems to get up. (OK there was a bit of work involved, but at no point did I think I’d have to get off and walk up).
I also raised £220 for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, so I was pretty chuffed with that.

I just received a gps bike computer that I’d ordered, so it’s on the bike and good to go.  I’ll test it out on the commute to work tomorrow.

Other than that, I’ve just been getting on with the usual stuff.

 

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Bike ride to Balloch

On Wednesday, I’d taken a day off work after checking the weather forecast, and decided to cycle the 21 miles from the house to Balloch.
I’d been wanting to do this for a while, but the weather and the timing had been off.  On Wednesday, everything just clicked.

I’ve not done this before, but getting from the house to join NCR7 was simple enough and I joined at the Bells bridge at the SECC before heading for Balloch.
The route takes in Clydebank, Yoker, Dumbarton, Renton and Balloch following the Forth and Clyde canal.

It’s a really nice ride once you’re out of the city, and I completely lost track of time.  Before I knew it I had arrived at Balloch and Loch Lomond.
I was getting a lift back from my wife, so I gave her a call, and while I was waiting I grabbed some breakfast.

So a great wee morning out.  Really enjoyed it and will definitely do it again, but extend the ride to finish at Luss

 

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Boats moored at Bowling

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The Maid of the Loch

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Loch Lomond

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The trusty steed at Loch Lomond

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Kelso Abbey

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Spent the weekend in the Borders, and finally got to play with the new camera.  This is the ruins of Kelso Abbey.

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Cycle by the loch

Yesterday, we took the bikes up to Callander (a very nice little town that I can recommend visiting), and cycled along the side of Loch Venachar.

I knew that you could circumnavigate the entire loch, but we weren’t interested in cycling on roads yesterday, and stuck to the cycle route on a very quiet, almost car free road which followed the side of the loch.  We turned back when the path dropped onto forestry tracks, but more because it was raining, and we were getting a bit wet, than any other reason.

Looking at a map, we were well past the halfway point, and it would have probably only taken another half hour to get to Brig O’ Turk and the tearoom there.  Maybe next time.

Loch Venacher

Loch Venacher

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Pro-independence robot graffiti

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Notes from the revolution

I’ve just got back from holiday in Crete, where we went for a week, after the campaign of fear and mis-information (and in some cases downright lies) carried out by the Better Together campaign, resulted in Scotland remaining in the UK.  It wasn’t the landslide that BT hoped for 55-45% in favour of staying in the UK.

There’s footage doing the rounds of ballot papers – all with YES votes – that were discarded in the street and not counted.  The guy posting the clip on youtube said he was reporting it to the Electoral Commission.  If it’s legit, it needs a criminal investigation. Then there’s Ruth Davidson (leader of the Scottish Tories) being interview under caution by police after she let slip on tv less than an hour after the polls closed that postal votes had been opened and counted prior to the 18th and that it was looking good for her side.

The political genie is out the bottle and doesn’t look like it’s going back.  The three pro-indy parties (SNP, Scottish Greens and Scottish Socialists) have all seen their memberships swell AFTER the fight was lost.  Green’s have quadrupled their membership, and the SNP are now have the third largest membership of ANY UK party, knocking the LibDems into 4th place.
Let’s look at what this means.  A Scottish party, now has a larger membership than one of the main UK wide parties.

There’s a Hope over Fear rally in Freedom Square (ok, George Square, but the 45%-ers have re-named it), this Sunday, and Radical Independence are having a convention in November.

The battle may have been lost, but with the population now politicised to an extent that it never previously had been, it looks like the war is far from over.

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Wonder how I’ll vote in the referendum……hmmmmmm

Wonder how I'll vote in the referendum......hmmmmmm

Hmmmmm. What to vote……

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Break in the weather

Well the weather in Glasgow has finally broken.  Not the heatwave, it’s still hot, but instead of clear blue skies and scorching sun, we have torrential rain.

Other parts of the country have thunder and lightning, which should clear the air and mean it’s less muggy.  No thunderstorms here at present, just rain.  Lots and lots of rain.

This is going to make cycling home tonight……interesting.  It’s not like I didn’t know this was coming, it’s more like I thought “will it rain before I get to work?  No. That’s fine then”, and just ignored the fact it was going to rain.

To be honest, I don’t mind cycling in the rain.  It’s quite nice.  When I ran regularly, running in the rain was one of those pleasures that, if you’ve never done it, you just won’t understand.  Cycling in the rain is a bit like that.

 

*UPDATE*

It’s stopped raining.  At it’s height, it sounded like machine gun fire, as it hit off the glass roof of the building I ate lunch in.

I’m under no illusions that I’ll get home dry.  The clouds are dark and foreboding, and they’re threatening a deluge rather than a light summer shower.  This is the payback for the heatwave and glorious sunshine we’ve enjoyed for the last two (almost three) weeks.  Yin and yang.  All things in balance.

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