Tag Archives: Stirling

Spot the plane

We went down to the wood again today, the bluebells were well and truly out! Here are some snaps:

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While we were there a small low-flying plane flew overhead, I had my camera so pointed it up and was sure I’d caught it between the trees. Obviously I didn’t time it quite right – see if you can see it!


Bluebell Wood

On Sunday we explored a bit – Balquhidderock Wood (no I have no idea how to pronounce it!) is about a mile from where we live, apparently it is known locally as Bluebell Wood. Unfortunately due to some map confusion we spent an hour wandering round Stirling housing estates before eventually getting there, and of course it is too early for bluebells, but now we know where it is we can go back later when it’s bluebell time.

We both stopped in our tracks at the fallen tree – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tree that orange on the inside.

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A walk in King’s Park

Castle from King's Park 1 I took a walk in King’s Park today (not really new, it was originally hunting grounds for the Scottish kings before and into the 17th century, but it’s new to me) and got some great views over to Stirling Castle. King’s Park isn’t quite as close to home as Queen’s Park was to the Stately Pile, but isn’t too far (a mile or so) so is quite doable. I didn’t explore very much as it was a bit muddy for my chosen footwear, but I’ll have to go back and explore some more sometime.

I don’t know where we will move to next, but on this showing I shall expect it to be down the road from an Emperor’s Park.

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2011 Project365 (days355-358)

24th December:

24th December 2011

This is our local parish church, and is where we will be heading for the midnight service (at 11.30, go figure). I thought I’d better take the picture early, as there is a yellow alert for rain on Christmas Day, and the rain has already started.

23rd December:

23rd December 2011

I did my last minute Christmas shopping, on the way back the sun was really low in the sky, I loved these silhouetted trees.

22nd December:

22nd December 2011

This Christmas card was designed by our niece.

21st December:

21st December 2011

Looks like Christmas is coming 🙂

2011 Project365 (day338)

4th December 2011

I haven’t shown many Stirling views yet, so here’s one to rectify that. This is the view across the Forth river up to the Wallace Monument. We’ve had a dusting of snow today, it was too wet to settle much but now it’s getting cold so I wouldn’t be surprised if the melting slush freezes overnight. That’s something to look forward to! (not).

We have bought a car, and pick it up next week. I was hoping to borrow a friend’s car for this week, but she phoned this afternoon to say her car is making worrying noises so she has to take it to the garage tomorrow. I am beginning to think I am the Angel of Death to cars! Might have to take some previously unplanned annual leave this week ….

2011 Project365 (days 323-333)

29th November:

29th November 2011

We’ve been having seriously good weather for ducks. Glasgow had well over half its monthly average monthly rainfall in less than 24 hours, and don’t forget that in the west of Scotland we already get plenty of the wet stuff. Stirling was even worse.

28th November:

28th November 2011

I drove through a great big puddle too fast and gubbed the electrics, so we broke down just after we turned onto the M8 on the way home. This was taken with HD’s phone, and is of the car while we waited for the man from the RAC to rescue us. Of course by the time he came the car started, but he dried it out and sprayed it with industrial amounts of WD40 and it got us home OK.

27th November:

27th November 2011

I liked the morning sky colour here.

26th November:

26th November 2011

This clematis is by our front door. It’s going to look lovely in the summer.

25th November:

25th November 2011

This (very zoomed) view is not far from our house. As you can see the hills got a dusting of snow.

24th November:

24th November 2011

Confession: I totally forgot to take a picture on the 24th, so I took a picture of white nothing on the 25th. Whoops!

23rd November:

23rd November 2011

These carnations are left over from the bouquet I got from my colleagues (see previous photo) (actually they’re still alive a week later on the 30th too!).

22nd November:

22nd November 2011

I had an interview in the afternoon for a reduced-hours health visiting job, I didn’t get it (though they said I interviewed well), but it did give me the chance to hang around Queen’s Park before it got dark while waiting for HD to finish work. I tried lots of close-ups of the swans, got quite a few pictures I liked. This one had just had its head in the water, hence the dripping.

21st November:

21st November 2011

The best thing about moving house! 🙂

20th November:

20th November 2011

This is our local parish church (which coincidentally has the same name as our church in Glasgow).

19th November:

19th November 2011

This is the best takeaway we’ve had yet here (the Indian and Chinese have been a bit disappointing).

2011 Project365 (days307-317)

Bit of an epic post here, I remembered my card reader and needed to come back to the flat to send an essay back before going home. I’m here longer than expected as HD was called back into work so I have got pizza, internet and am slobbing out 🙂 No photo for today yet as the camera is back in Stirling, but here’s moving day till yesterday:

13th November:

13th November 2011

I spent much of the day trying to sort out my study. Having already taken a study photo (see below, I think 4th Nov) I thought I’d go a bit more abstract, this is the edge of the lightshade.

12th November:

12th November 2011

Where I posted the last blog entry from – the living room of the Glasgow flat, with no furniture so it was a bit echoey!

11th November:

11th November

Hanging on – this is by our front door in Stirling, refusing to give up.

10th November:

10th November 2011

This was also left by the previous owners: giant yucca.

9th November:

9th November 2011

A most welcome housemoving gift from a friend in Glasgow.

8th November:

8th November 2011

A most welcome housemoving gift from colleagues in Glasgow (emerging theme? What emerging theme?).

7th November:

7th November 2011

Another housemoving gift from my lovely colleagues.

6th November:

6th November 2011

Early morning mist from the front garden.

5th November:

5th November 2011

Dusk at the end of the road.

4th November:

4th November 2011

One corner of the study, getting there slowly.

3rd November:

3rd November 2011

At the end of a very exhausting moving day. Every last nook and cranny was full of Stuff.

2011 Project365 (day196)

15th July 2011

Not working on Fridays anyway, and HD having a long weekend thanks to the Glasgow Fair (local holiday), we headed off to Stirling today for adventures. We did a fair bit of walking round the town (my legs ache now!) and stupidly, although I took my camera I neglected to take my memory card (doh). I took this picture with HD’s phone – it is from the wildlife garden at the back of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, a cracking little museum which I really liked. The main museum collection is all in one room, it’s pretty eclectic with everything from Roman artefacts to a flag from the local mine dating from the 1984/85 miners’ strike. It really gave a sense of how much history has both passed through and converged on Stirling.

When we got back I found myself dealing with a succession of numpties – one of my credit card companies has cocked up a payment, then the bank couldn’t seem to sort it out, also the delivery office has returned a parcel to sender despite only giving us the card a couple of days ago (they’re supposed to keep the parcel 2 weeks before returning it), and their helpline and website “customer services” (quotation marks deliberate) were both woeful. However, I have now eaten 3 walnut whips, so whilst I am still cross at least I have a nice sugar buzz.


Yesterday HD and I had a day out in Stirling – despite living here 3.5 years I’d never been there (except accidentally, when I missed a turning on the way to Edinburgh so had to drive a slightly more scenic route) (that was the only time HD had been there too). The castle is said to be as impressive as Edinburgh Castle, so we went to find out.

IMGP6618On the way to the castle, we walked past the wonderfully named Church of the Holy Rude. This is where James VI was crowned, and John Knox preached there. There are some more details of the history of the church here.

From there we went on to the castle, which (like Edinburgh) does have a very impressive location on top of a sheer rock. This second picture also shows another view from the castle walls.

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It wasn’t the cheapest day out in the world, but we got lots for our money, including a very entertaining tour of the castle, and another tour of Argyll’s Lodgings just down the hill. Here are a selection of photos – firstly one of HD on the castle walls, then from the Castle’s Great Hall (I’m really pleased with that one), then one of the Chapel Royal (where James VI was baptised) and Argyll’s Lodgings. By the time we got there my camera batteries died, so there are no photos from inside the house, although I did scrounge some batteries from HD later so there are a few more view photos to come:





Just outside the castle was this very bizarre tree. I thought at first this was a nest of some description, but when we looked closer it appeared to be very alive and growing, so I wonder if it was some weird aberration as the result of an infection or something?


The weather (which had been a bit miserable all day) brightened up just as we were leaving (typical!), and it made all the difference. Here’s a view from the castle over towards the William Wallace monument:


The next two are of some of the stonework on the gate of Argyll’s Lodging, and of the Tolbooth and unicorn statue (which is apparently where the town authorities would make announcements) in the Old Town:

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Finally, this isn’t the greatest picture because of the reflections from the inside of the train, but was such a strange experience I had to include it. On the train on the way back we were getting the usual Scotland “all four seasons in one day”, and as a result saw several rainbows. This one was so bright and close – I could even see the end (though not the pot of gold sadly!), but the really strange thing was that as the train was hurtling forward, the rainbow was following along with it. I’ve never seen anything like it, it was just bizarre!