Monthly Archives: August 2013

Classic Cars at Kirkcudbright

Classic cars at Kirkcudbright. I was on my way to church for the early short version service when a neighbour told me the classic cars are meeting in Harbour Square this morning and I could smell the petrol fumes on the breeze as I slipped past the church so I went for a look —

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Sure enough there they were —

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all shapes —

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and sizes —

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This fella was built from a war-time Buick —

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They kept the V8 – threw away the bodywork and built alloy panels on a wood chassis to compete in off-road trials. Full of Yankee muscle but I did notice that she was the only one that called for AA assistance —

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At the other end of the scale there was this spotless posing tool brought all the way from sunny California —

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She has never seen a Scottish winter in the raw and spends her colder months in a vac pac. Nice shiny motor in there though —

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Even if it does hurt the eyes —

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There were more old motors than I could shake my stick at —

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Some were  models that I owned first time round —

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and there was one – or possibly two —

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that I would like to own now —

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Yes I know – it’s not a car but at nineteen years of age I broke my neck coming off one these old A10s when a non-signalling – u-turning Fiat 500 knocked me for six. Maybe now – fifty years on – I may have learned to ride safe.

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Or perhaps it might be safer to join the kids on the bouncy castle or whatever that thing is —

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Nah – I’ll just sit here in the shade with my flask and sannies watching people at play —

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and let the old cars bring back the memories —

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of a well-spent youth 🙂

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Sadly there has always been a price to pay for air pollution —

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but with our lady provost being a big supporter of the classic car movement —-

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and free town centre parking available to all and sundry with neither a traffic light nor mini-roundabout to slow them down it looks as if the motor car – both old and new will rule the roost in Kirkcudbright for some time to come —

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With over a hundred classic cars pouring into the town centre this morning it was time to put the helmets on —

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and go for a ride  🙂

Classic Cars at Kirkcudbright

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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in out and about


Butterflies Bees and Buggs

Butterflies Bees and Buggs — I set out to create a bee and butterfly friendly habitat but didn’t reckon on it attracting bugs.

Everywhere I look in the garden there are bees —

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In twos and threes —

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or just singles —

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they are a-buzzing —

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From the lofty sunflowers —

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to the lowly miniature dahlias they are a welcome sight —

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Even the solitary butterfly on the buddleia enjoyed it’s time in the sun —

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till it was head-butted by a high-speed wasp and took off for pastures new.

Yes – it’s tough life for a butterfly out there. If it’s not killer wasps it’s other kinds of bugs they have to look out for —

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Including yours truly dressed up for Saturday’s Town Parade —

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You should know me by now – I just had to get another day out of my Captain Sunflower suit before I chucked it in the wash 🙂

Butterflies Bees and Buggs

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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in out and about


Race Day

The Sunflower Stakes? Well if you grow a bunch of Sunflowers over the ten foot mark you have to do something with ’em.

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I came up with the idea of running the Sunflower Stakes and arranged a Race Day. As it was a Thursday it just had to be Ladies Day and many turned up wearing their best hats  —

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Knowing how mean old ladies can get if their merangues aren’t baked to perfection —

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I took the precaution of wearing a bulletproof vest under my shirt while the sunflowers were name tagged from the hat and measured —

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I daren’t stand still for long in that suit or I would have been tagged and bagged too so I kept my runner busy as she worked hard to keep up —

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Go Margaret GO —

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One of the benefits of wearing cammo gear is that you can always hide —

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when your singing or speechifying doesn’t go down too well —

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No worries – the Sunflower Mistress of Ceremonies had everything under control —

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and with the food all gone —

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the eighteen sunflowers tagged and measured —

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it was time to wake a few people up – ‘c’mon gran the show is over time to get you home’ —

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‘Oh no it isn’t – I want to know who won the Best Hat competition!’

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It was Hazel of course – how could I possibly forget.

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We can’t all be winners — time to beat a hasty retreat 🙂

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For the record the race winner was Legal Loser who came with a late run at 3mts or 9ft 10ins in old money and pipped Medical Mystery at the post by one inch. I’m pretty sure there is more growth left in Legal Loser and she might top out near 11ft if the sun ever returns —

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The Sunflower Stakes

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Posted by on August 18, 2013 in out and about


A 6B Sunflower – Mega!

A 6B Sunflower —


Yes I know – it’s not exactly a swarm but it’s good to see the bees appreciating my sunflowers —


Even the almost spent ones get a visit – more in hope than expectation —


Before heading on to the next one that still has something to give —


Growing next to the street I thought they might put a smile on passing children’s faces —


But the surprising thing is that it’s the adults faces that lighten up when they see the flowers —




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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in out and about


Turning the Clock Back

Turning the clock back – or that’s what it felt like this evening when I unwrapped the gixxer and went for a spin. In my teenage years I would jump on my ex-race track refugee BSA 650 and head to Auchterarder or St Andrews for chips. Finding myself at a loose end tonight after a quiet day it was the turn of the gixxer to go looking for chips. Problem is our local chippie down by the harbour has the best in the biznez.

So – it was a spin round the local roads on the little beauty before coming back and parking up by the trestle- bound Arosa and heading round the corner to the ‘Best Plaice’ or whatever it’s called for a wee haddock and chips to go.

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The fish and chips turned out to be as good as I had expected and the seagulls down by the boats went hungry tonight – although they did have something to say about it.

Sorry about the picture quality – sometimes when I use the 10 secs delay on automatic the quality can be poor —

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Nothing to do with the subject – I just wedged the camera on the good ship Arosa – set the timer – and posed like a haddie 🙂

They are all like that lol —

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except for the one where I was trying to get a fishbone out from between my teeth with my tongue 🙂

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Turning the Clock Back

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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in out and about


Sunflowers like Dinnerplates

Sunflowers are like dinnerplates – well the ones towering out front are —

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every day seems to bring another one out —

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and the bees just love ’em —

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they can’t get enough —

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Higher —

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and higher —

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Lovely 🙂

Sunflowers are like dinnerplates

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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in out and about


Sunflowers and Surgeons

Sunflowers and Surgeons – that’s what my life seems to revolve around just now.

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But when you have the best in the business in both departments —

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there isn’t much to complain about.

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All eighteen sunflowers are standing proud —

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and my walk to the local surgery this morning —

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wasn’t too shabby either.

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I have further to go tomorrow for more scans and things at Glasgow Royal —

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but it’s all in a day’s work now and should give me another chance —


to sip a late latte in the Garden of Zen by Glasgow Cathedral —

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It will make a change from posing like a 6ft plus garden gnome beside my sunflowers while a passing cyclist press-ganged into taking a photo with my camera makes a better job of it than I can 🙂

Sunflowers and Surgeons

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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in out and about