Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017


One advantage of having no laptop for a while was that I got to know lotsvof new things about my phone.  One of those was how to use Android art apps to play with photos.
These were some of the results...

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Callanish Stones

The Callanish Stones (or "Callanish I", Clachan Chalanais or Tursachan Chalanais in Scottish Gaelic) are an arrangement of standing stones placed in a cruciform pattern with a central stone circle. The central monolith is 4.8 metres high.

They were erected in the late Neolithic era, between 2900 and 2600 BC, and were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age. They are near the village of Callanish (Gaelic: Calanais) on the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland and are one of my favourite places to go to when I am visiting GB, as I did this summer.

There are at least nineteen other circles and standing stones in the Callanish area.

On the path between the visitor centre and the stones is a memorial bench with one of the best views of any such bench, anywhere in the UK.

David Booth, from Stornoway, was reported missing by his family on 31 May 2013 while known to be travelling in India.  Police in India said the 28 year old’s body was found in the Kullu area.   Mr Booth's family said: "David was a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, brother-in-law and friend.  He was a gentle soul and loved life, especially travelling the world to places like Brazil, Eastern Europe and India, where he made many friends.   He'll be sorely missed by all that knew him and we take comfort that he died having lived such a full life and in a country he loved travelling in."

Alongside the path are a variety of wild flowers, just a few of which I photographed while we were there this time.


Croft and field dividers on Lewis are mostly wire fences with regular wooden fence posts but around Callanish there are also plenty of dry stone walls, built to an impeccable standard.

Behind GB in the next picture is The Sleeping Beauty, also known as the 'Cailleach Na Mointeach' or 'Old woman of the moors', a skyline of a woman's prone form.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

I'm back...

I have resurrected an old laptop and am back.  But it is sooo slow.  I have to wait for every action to be carried out.  So posts may not be particularly frequent for the moment.  Hopefully quality may make up for quantity.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Laptop poorly

My laptop is dead.

Or, at very least it is in a deep coma.  Kiss of life hasn't worked and it is currently on life-support.
I've never written a blog posting on my phone before.  One-fingered tapping on tiny keys does not make for long posts so please expect a lengthy silence...

Monday, 31 July 2017

Now where was I...

Once upon a time I began a blog post.  After I had written a couple of sentences I decided I needed another photo – not just the ones I had prepared in advance.  So I went into the folder that I thought contained it.  I found all sorts of interesting photos.  Not the one I was after but enough go do at least four or five blog posts.  Each of these, of course, needed either internet research or the checking of dates.

One of the problems I have with my photos is that many of them are not labelled by subject.  So, for example, if I want to blog about the stone circle at Steinacleit on the Isle of Lewis I have to find the relevant photos.  If they aren’t named it means going through the pictures for each trip to the Hebrides over the last forty years (except that I know the photos were taken about ten years ago – or maybe five years ago….). 

In going through those folders I find more interesting photos.  One in particular made me check whether I had ever blogged about it.  So I opened up my blog….

Down the side of my blog is a list of other people’s blogs and their latest posts.  One of them caught my eye.  Having read that post – and commented – it reminded me that I owed someone an e-mail. 

So I opened up Google mail.  Oh, look, there’s a new e-mail from my friend over the water…

A few minutes later I am feeling thirsty and tired so I make a coffee and sit down in the lounge with a book…

Now what was it I was going to do today???

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Mobile phones in Kelvingrove...

My blog post about Kelvingrove caused a few comments about mobile phones.  I should point out that mobiles have been in evidence in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery for a long time.

For example, take a look at "The White Cockade" (1899) by William-Ewart-Lockhart.

 “The White Cockade” celebrated the attempt by Bonnie Prince Charlie to reclaim the throne of Britain for the House of Stuart. During the 1745 Jacobite uprising, the Prince plucked a white rose and placed it on his bonnet as a symbol of rebellion. His supporters did likewise.  Not many people know this but just as this young man's sweetheart was affixing a cockade to his cap she decided instead to take a quick selfie in case he was injured or killed during his escapades.

 Then there is the Allegory of the Senses which is even older...

(With special thanks to Friend-Über-special who helped me with this blog posting...)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Today's word is paraprosdokian

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or re-interpret the first part.

A good example, where the word “right” changes meaning as the sentence is completed, is:  "War doesn’t determine who is right only who is left."

Another example - Silence is golden; duct tape is silver.

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

While staying with Anna near Glasgow (thank you so much for your hospitality, Anna) we went to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.  It is the first time I have been there and I could have spent days wandering around.

As with all museums and galleries a large number of the holdings are not on display because of lack of space.  

I recall when I first went behind the scenes at the old Liverpool Museum (now the Merseyside World Museum).  I was fascinated by how many hundreds of drawers of moths there were.  At Kelvingrove just one drawer was being exhibited.


The Floating Heads installation by Sophie Cave was my outright favourite work at Kelvingrove. 

Cave created over 50 of them, each displaying different emotions including laughter and despair. The heads are completely white, but are lit so that their expressions are accentuated, which gives the installation a somewhat eerie feel. Since the installation is hung over the foyer, it is one of the first things visitors see when they enter the museum.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Fino, Ambleside

When GB and I go around together we sometimes revisit old haunts and check out whether our food stops and overnight stay places are as good as they used to be.  We also enjoy trying out places that we haven’t visited before.  One such place on our trip North this summer was Fino in Ambleside.  

We had debated whether to have a meal at dinner time but as the two Thai restaurants were full we settled for having a cheeseboard at Fino.  It was a brilliant choice.

With it I had a Kiwi, Lime and Mint Firefly followed by a coffee.  GB had a wine. 

The cheese board consisted of three types of local cheese, chutney, garlic bread and fruit.  It was wonderful.  The service was equally top class and the origins of the cheeses explained in detail.  We shall certainly visit there again.

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