Monday, 22 September 2014

Brompton Bicycle in Lanarkshire

A few years ago I bought a Dahon folding bicycle on Ebay. It is badged as a Raleigh bicycle but is made by Dahon. This has been a super bicycle and has taken me around London, Windsor and along the Grand Union Canal. It has also taken me to the Holy Isle (Lindisfarne), the Isle of Bute, Loch Lomond and many other areas in Scotland.
 
The maximum distance I have travelled is 55 miles in one day on it, from Wanlockhead in South Lanarkshire to my home. 
 
However, I decided to buy a Brompton S3L 2014 because it folds just a bit smaller than the Dahon. The wheels are only 16 inches, but it still provide a smooth and fast ride. I took it for a spin on the cycle paths around Motherwell and Hamilton, visiting some interesting structures from the former estate of the Dukes of Hamilton. 
Brompton at Strathclyde Loch
The orange colour is quite distinctive. I wanted red but, they only had orange or white in the style with the 'sports' handlebars. 

Brompton at Chatelherault Hunting Lodge
Chatelherault was the former estate of the Dukes of Hamilton. The Hunting Lodge above was built in 1734 for the 5th Duke of Hamilton.

View from Chatelherault Lodge
The view above was towards Hamilton palace which was demolished in 1927 after suffering subsidence from mine workings.

On the Dukes Bridge over the River Avon
The Dukes Bridge was commissioned by William 11th Duke of Hamilton. It stands 80ft high over the Avon gorge allowing access to the ancient oaks and Cadzow Castle.

Outside the Mausoleum, Hamilton
The Mausoleum in Hamilton was the resting place of the Dukes of Hamilton and is situated in the grounds of the former Hamilton Palace. It held the record for the longest echo of any man-made structure in the world. Construction was begun in 1842 and completed in 1858.

It was a great way to test my bike and it was a bit of a head-turner as well.

Further Information:

Brompton 

Chatelherault Country Park

Friday, 19 September 2014

West Highland Terriers Cup Cakes

The votes for Independence have been counted and those against the idea won by a narrow margin. I was hoping for a different result but will have to accept the decision for the moment.

On another note, my cat Tiger has been at the Vet's every morning this week to get his blood sugar checked. He has been diagnosed with diabetes so I have had to take some days off to take him for treatment.

He's doing well and since Tuesday I have been administering his insulin injections. His blood sugar is falling and he is gaining weight. He gets good treatment at Julie Innes Vets.

'Tiger'
While at the Vet's I spotted some cakes one of the assistants had made. West Highland Terrier cup cakes. Cheered me up no end as I am very fond of dogs, as well as cats.

West Highland cup cakes

The cup cakes look lovely and too good to eat.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Eve of Scottish Independence Vote

Tonight I attended a gathering of supporters for the 'Yes Scotland' campaign in support of an Independent Scotland.
 
This was the only celebration in the area - the 'Better Together' had no events nearby.

Below are some photographs:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Whatever the outcome, it is an historic time.  
 
  

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Scottish Independence - More Photos

On the way to the vet's with my cat I saw a crowd of people in the street. Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon was meeting the people so I stopped and got some photographs of her. 

Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola sturgeon speaking with the BBC's Brian Taylor
'Yes Scotland' supporters.
The voting for Scottish Independence takes place on 18th September.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Scottish Independence - Street Campaigning

With the vote only a few days away on 18th September, campaigning on both sides has been stepped up. Campaigners have been engaging with the people to present the facts to them in a logical and professional manner.

For the benefit of visitors from outside Scotland, it is good to give them an idea of how campaigning is being conducted on the streets of Scotland.

While in a town centre, I watched the two sides campaigning. The two sides are the 'Better Together' campaigning for the Union and the 'Yes Scotland' campaign supporting an Independent Scotland.

Below are some images from the campaign.

Better Together

Better Together campaigners
The Better Together campaigners in the streets. The faces are blanked out, as the woman on the right became aggressive at the photograph being taken.

MP's Jim Murphy and Michael McMahon
The Better Together campaigners had Labour MP's Jim Murphy and Michael McMahon speaking in favour of retaining the Union.

'Yes Scotland' Campaign

'Yes'  
The 'Yes Scotland' campaigners had a more colourful presence in the street and attracted a lot of attention. The correct blue for the Saltire (Scottish flag) is a sky blue colour (Pantone 300 or #0065BD as hexadecimal web colours) and not the dark blue found on the Union Flag.
 
'Yes' Campaigner and MP Jimmy Hood
MP Jimmy Hood is the Labour MP for the area. The above picture shows a 'Yes Scotland' supporter greeting him.
MSP Christina McKelvie
Member of the Scottish parliament, Christina McKelvie was also present to speak to the voters and pose for photographs with them.
'Yes' fire engine
The 'Yes Scotland' campaigners have been touring the country with a blue fire engine.

The outcome will be known after 18th September.

Further Information

Better Together

Yes Scotland