Johnny Cash Was Here :O

Johnny Cash in Helensburgh
Tribute to Johnny Cash

Sandy and I were in Helensburgh on Thursday, (24th January) and decided it was a nice enough day to go for a walk.  As we crossed the pier car park to walk along Helensburgh esplanade, my eye was caught by this unusual truck – all wrapped up in a tribute to the great Johnny Cash.    The truck had German plates, so that made it even more intriguing.

If anyone can tell me more, I’d love to know!


Time to visit Edinburgh?

Princes Street Gardens
Evening crowd in front of Jenners’ store in Princes Street, Edinburgh, looking across to Princes Street Gardens

The sad truth is that we don’t manage to visit Edinburgh as often as we should.  For heavens’ sake, we’ve got family in Edinburgh and it’s always great to have a get-together.

We had a quick walk along Princes Street in September 2018 and were pleasantly surprised by how unobtrusive the new tram system is.  The shops and the street seemed pleasantly busy and there were plenty of groups looking and and visiting the Scott Monument.


Beautiful May

This spring has been fantastic – not too much rain and it’s been beautifully sunny.  The consequence is that the colours in our garden have been amazing.

Vibrant azaleas

The wee blue pansies also look fantastic, caught in the sunlight.


Heads sticking up into the sunlight, the blue violas are fabulous.

We can’t wait to see the roses coming into flower and to eat our way through a crop of Red Rooster potatoes!


What would you do?

If you could run away for a day, what would you do?  Assuming that money was no object, would you find yourself on the Far Pavilions of the Himalayas or would you do something special which means a lot to you but wouldn’t cost the earth and where you could do the round-trip in a day.

View over the basin at the Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal, Argyll

This would be my “away day” moment.  I love visiting the Crinan Canal and Crinan Village …  so quiet, so peaceful and, odd as it may seem, quite often a real sun trap.  It’s lovely walking along the canal bank, looking out on to the water and the hills beyond.  There’s a lovely little coffee shop (which is open during the summer months) as well as an award-winning restaurant at the Crinan Hotel, which was much loved by Michael Winner.

After our walk and maybe a cup of coffee, we then return slowly in the direction of Inveraray;  you can’t go to Inveraray without having a meal in the George Hotel, it would seem!  That’s highly recommended too.

So, without spending huge amounts of money, I have drunk my fill of fresh air, walking along the canal, sea views, sunshine, a quick bite to eat for lunch and then a fabulous meal in Inveraray.  That’s my escape sorted.  I’d love to hear about yours!


Highland Cattle


Highland Cattle, lying in a field in Stirlingshire, are enjoying the warmth of the late evening sun.  Thee cattle can be seen in most areas of Scotland – but you have to keep a sharp eye out as there aren’t nearly as many of them as you might imagine.  They are good natured beasts, but if they’ve got young calves, we’d certainly recommend that you keep your distance as those horns can be quite scary when they’re attached to a protective mother!

The VIC 32 – and the Crinan Canal

This sounds like quite an adventure – we’ve often spotted the VIC 32 and now that we’ve got free time on our hands, maybe we’ll see about having a sail in her!

This May I had the opportunity to be Galley Slave assisting the very talented Cook, Ali, for one of her weeks on the VIC 32 Clyde Puffer. A glorious week of sunshine and good food was in store for the 10 passengers as we embarked on the final Clyde area cruise for 2016. The cruise […]

via A week as Galley Slave on the VIC 32 — Buildings & Baking


Oh, the Scottish rain!


The thing about Scotland is that it can rain … and rain … and then rain some more.  The spring weather in the West of the country was really dry and sunny this year but, just at the moment we are in the middle of a spell of wet weather.  The bonus about all of this is that the Scottish countryside is amazingly green and lush.

Bowling – Forth Clyde Canal

The Bowling Basin sees quite a lot of activity in the summer months with yachts and motor boats either typing up in the safe harbour or traversing the country from Edinburgh to sail out into the Clyde and further – the Hebridean Islands, maybe!

It’s quite possible to walk along the banks of the Canal, underneath the Erskine Bridge to Clydebank town centre and further.  There is car parking at the Bowling Basin but, if you’re in the designated car park, it gets locked overnight so it’s a good idea to check with the lock-keeper in case you’ve got to leave the car till the morning.

Falkirk Wheel

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.  It is a truly stunning piece of engineering design.