Sunday, December 31, 2006

Glasgow Humour

Since the weather has been ghastly, I'll post another older photograph in an attempt to cheer us up. Glasgow is renowned for its traffic policeman and obviously someone tried to co-opt this one in. Any time the cone on the head is removed, it mysteriously appears again!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Christmas Cactus

It never ceases to amaze me how, despite our lack of care, this Christmas Cactus always knows when to flower - the buds never appear until second week in December and the flowers start in the week preceding Christmas Day.

According to the information at the link attached, we are doing totally the wrong things in its treatment, but the plant obviously has a strong will to survive.

Sunday, December 24, 2006


To one and all, may you have a very merry and blessed Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Ardstinchar Castle

The was taken a little earlier this year at Ballantrae.

Ardstinchar Castle, built in 1421 by Hew Kennedy, was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots in 1563 while she was on a pilgrimage.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Decoration

3 for the price of 1 today. I've see others picturing their Christmas decorations, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Friday, December 22, 2006


The looooong wall was built when Rozelle was a private estate, labour was cheap, there was no right-to-roam and people were able to make money with virtually no controls. Well at least we have some right-to-roam now!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Tragic Sacrifice of Christ

Edessa Messiah, one of five sculptures by Ronald Rae exhibited in Rozelle Estate, was influenced by Oceanic Art and shows the monumental head of Christ. The features suggest this could be a black Christ. The idea for the sculpture was also taken from the Turin Shroud that was found at Edessa in Russia.

The set of five, entitled "The Tragic Sacrifice of Christ", was carved in the 1978-80 period after Ronald Rae had a vision to carve a series of granite sculptures which would express his love and concern for humanity.

Fate played its role providing him with four of the five granite blocks that were once part of the Old Harbour in Ayr. Kyle and Carrick District Council kindly sponsored the project.

Using only a hammer and chisel Ronald worked steadily for two years to complete the project. The sculptures were duly installed in the peaceful setting of Rozelle Park.

Photographs of all five sculptures, with notes, can be found at my Flickr account (see sidebar).

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Millenium Bridge

Built over the mouth of the River Doon as a pedestrian bridge and as part of the national and Ayr Coastal cycle route. It took a little getting used to, but I think it's a graceful structure.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Arran............ yet again

You'll begin to appreciate that I love Arran! This photo was taken on Sunday - as per the last few.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Flood detritus

And following on from yesterday, you can see the sections of trees which have been washed down the River Doon right to the First of Clyde.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Doon the river

Eeven though I say it myself, I think this is quite a good photograph. It's taken close to the mouth of the River Doon at the site of an old weir, built for a mill which has long since vanished. I think this picture shows the sheer volume and power of the waters pouring down after all the rain we've had.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Occasional visitors

We don't often see long tailed tits at the feeder, but when they come, they come in droves.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Storm damage

It might be getting to the point where there is nothing left which will blow off 'easily'. Mind you with the drenching the ground has had, perhaps its uprooting of trees we need to worry about.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

I talk to the plants....

but I wouldn't have thought you needed a telephone to do it!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


This was also taken last Saturday, from the same position as I took Barnweil Tower, but turned through 180 degrees.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Barnweil Tower

Another photograph from Saturday, taken between Tarbolton and Symington. It was taken about 30 minutes before those at Prestwick posted on the previous two days. Changeable weather!

Barnweil Tower is another William Wallace monument. Local legend has it that the name came from Wallace standing at that spot watching English soldiers being burned in the Barns O'Ayr and saying "The barns burn weil". In fact the name was in use long before Wallace's time.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

More Stormy weather

Today the weather is so wet even the ducks are taking shelter. So here's a second photograph from the same spot in Prestwick and at the same time of day as yesterday, but looking down the Firth of Clyde towards Ailsa Craig.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Stormy Weather

A view along the esplanade at Prestwick looking towards Ayr; early afternoon on a changeable day.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Avian Airport

Today's photo includes a rather strange effect. I took it through our double-glazed kitchen window (experimenting again!) and caught the reflection of our kitchen door over half of it.

This is a quiet period at the bird table. It's not unusual to have 8+ birds of various species (blue tit, coal tit, chaffinch, green finch, robin, blackbird, starling ....) either on the feeders or trying to get on the feeders. I'm surprised by the lack of collisions.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Now this is what I call gardening - now I've got the right tools it is not so difficult, but time consuming. My wife calls it mayhem and won't let me near the roses!

If you want to see a couple of cloudscapes taken with my new camera, as this photo was, head over to Flickr later this evening.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Ayr beach

Just trying out my new toy - a Sony A100 with a DT 18-70 lens.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Ayr County Buildings

The end of the County Buildings overlooking Wellington Square was designed by Robert Wallace and the foundation stone laid in 1818. The courthouse and hall still remain and are used by Ayr Sheriff Court. There has been some recent renovation of the stonework as can be seen in the different colours visible.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Originally nestling in the Ayrshire hills on the river with two mills, the village of Dalrymple, not far from Ayr, is slowly spreading out. Even on a dreich day like today, it is still nice to look at.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Sore Feet?

Up until the 19th century the measured mile in use in Scotland varied from place to place, but was consistently longer than the standard English mile hence the term the ‘Lang Scots Mile’. An 18th century reference in the Scottish National Dictionary refers to the Scots Mile as measuring the equivalent of 1,984 yards or 5,952 feet (around 1,814 metres) as opposed to the standard mile of 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet (around 1,609 metres).

The route is marked out along the promenade between Miller’s Folly on Cromwell’s Fort and Blackburn Car Park. it is a flat route passing some of the historic landmarks of Ayr and present-day attractions, with sea views across the Firth of Clyde to Arran, Kintyre, and the Cumbraes. It is marked with posts along the way at the quarter mile points 1,488 feet (453.5 metres) apart.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Trompe d'Oeil

This Trompe d'Oeil is on the end of a very ordinary looking house in Prestwick.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


This statue is supposed to be of William Wallace. Unfortunately someone didn't get their measurements correct and the original statue was somewhat taller than the niche into which it had to fit. The legs are now somewhat shorter than appropriate for the rest of the body!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Further North

Apologies for the slight gap in postings, but I've been up a bit further north over the weekend.

Here is one of the photos from my trip - instantly recogniseable to those who have seen it before, but for the others it is Buachaille Etive Mor at the southern end of Glencoe.

You'll find other pictures on Flickr as usual.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Ship on the Horizon

I took this yesterday - a ship on the horizon highlighted by the setting sun.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Marrbury Smokehouse

OK, it's one of the + photographs as it was taken at the Marrbury Smokehouse Shop at Carsluith Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

This is the source of absolutely the best smoked product you can buy - the salmon especially, but the rest of what they sell is superb quality.

You also should eat there. I had Ruby's seafood chowder for lunch - to die for!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Better days

Since the weather has been fairly abysmal over the past few days and I've had some difficulty in taking photographs, I thought I'd post one from earlier in the year. This was taken in much better weather at Crossraguel Abbey.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Modern 'Attraction"

One of the newer Ayrshire 'Attractions" is the Average Speed Camera. Whilst this initiative has almost certainly cut the total average speed over the distance they cover, it is quite easy to spot the people who don't pass through 2 of the cameras on their route - they are the ones who fly past everyone else.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

First Snow

This is the first snow that has fallen this winter on the peaks of Arran.

Friday, November 17, 2006

No photo, but .....

I came across this post card, sent in the late 1890s/early 1900s, of a Glasgow building long since vanished. I do remember seeing it, not greatly different from those days, in the 1950s.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Even wetter feet

If you refer back to my previous picture of these stepping stones, you'll see what a difference a week of rain makes!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Prestwick Mercat Cross

Prestwick's Mercat Cross, which signified that it was a burgh which was legally allowed to hold markets, has been located in several different places in the Town. With a bit of luck, it will stay here for a good while.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Now you see it......

This was the site of Monkton Station and Goods Yard. No trace of it remains.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Loudoun Hall

The damp picture for today is of Loudoun Hall, a late 15th / early 16th Century Town House. The building was restored in the mid 1900s and is used as a meeting place by some of the 'Arts' Societies in Ayr.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Dunure again

A very pretty village in bright sunshine, but more dramatic in this sort of weather.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Autumn again

I'm afraid the weather beat me again today, so here is a photo from a few days back taken in the Rozelle woods.

Autumn again

I'm afraid the weather beat me again today, so here is a photo from a few days back taken in the Rozelle woods.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Dunure again

The weather today has been so awful that I didn't take any photographs.

So here is one from two days ago of Dunure Castle

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Autumn leaves .....

The leaves in Rozelle Park in Ayr today were a sight to behold.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Another Evening Photo

Another evening photograph for you, this time of the Old Bridge in Ayr. This is just upstream from the New Bridge which, as you might guess, isn't that new.

Monday, November 06, 2006

St John's Tower by Night

I published a photo of the tower during the day on the 15th August and I thought you might like the contrast of a night shot. It is from a different view-point, not quite 180 degrees.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Glasgow Inhabitant

I'm sure Carol will forgive me showing a Glasgow photo taken in Kelvingrove Park.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Ayrshire Vista

I realised I had shown only the seascapes, cloudscapes or individual locations so far. The above is an inland view taken from between Ayr and Maybole looking South-East.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Culzean Inhabitant

I thought of giving Chris another view of Arran, this time from Culzean Estate, but decided you might like this close-up instead. This one was in the process of scratching its beak.

Oh, all right, here's the Arran one as well!