The Pineapple

My previous post mentioned The Pineapple, an eccentric example of architecture commissioned by Lord Dunmore. It’s worth visiting if you are ever in the area (Falkirk, Scotland), and we visited often when we lived in the area – it’s a peaceful place and has a large walled garden, which is perfect for a picnic.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

We savoured Scottish summers – both because they were so short, but are also a magical time when you live so far north. The scenery is bursting with life – the grass lush and thick, the trees hanging with fruit and the flowers in bloom. The nights can stay light past 10pm, and occasionally we …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Bangour Village Hospital is an abandoned mental hospital in Scotland, near Livingstone. It has it’s own church, and many buildings which lie abandoned, boarded up. It would have been prime development land, and was purchased by a large development company, but with the GFC, wasn’t considered worth developing. I am not usually keen on the …

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

Just a few short months after we met, my wife-to-be and I escaped for a week on the Isle of Skye. Skye is as beautiful as you might imagine, although if you are planning a trip around September, make sure you take plenty of spare clothes and waterproofs. We took the ferry to Raasay, a …

Weekly Photo Challenge: (Love)

On the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, lies the Heart of Midlothian. From Wikipedia:- Visitors to Edinburgh will often notice people spitting on the Heart. A tolbooth (prison) stood on the site, where executions used to take place. The heart marks its doorway: the point of public execution. Some people spit on the Heart. Although it now …

Fare Thee Well, Edinburgh

Just before we left Scotland, I purchased an old Olympus OM-2N, keen to see if I would enjoy the simplicity of a film camera once again. As soon as I unpacked it, and held it, I knew it would be a joy to use. It felt solid, despite its small size, and loading in a …