ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Sunday, 22 December 2013

SETTLED IN GARLIESTON. (22/12/13)

‘Garlieston, oh Garlieston, I still hear your sea waves crashing’. Glen Campbell must have mis-spelt Garlieston. He ought to be ashamed with a good Scottish name like Campbell. It was cool this morning on our first walk. It seems a grand place.

_MG_2421 I’m parked up at Garlieston Lodge till the third of January. This is the view from the van the little silver huts are home to some massive black pigs. I gave one a stroke and a scratch this morning and will try and remember to get her to pose. There are plenty of birds around. Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel and a couple of Sparrow Hawks. I’ll take Bertha out for some pictures.

I went out later to get some snaps as it looks as if we are in for a real mother of a storm tomorrow and Tuesday.

_MG_2424 I exposed for the sky as these new apartments were built with no consideration for the aesthetics of either housing or architecture. It is a common problem throughout Scotland; indiscriminate throwing up of awful buildings. The scenery between them makes up for it but if folk are given planning permission for nasty timber framed houses then it won’t be too many years before there is no countryside to gaze upon. 

_MG_2425                       It has a pub. I booked through till the third of January for a reason. New Years Day they they start the dancing here at noon and carry on till the last person standing. It’s not for the faint of heart. I’ll do my best to get pictures but as always can’t give any guarantees. It’s not a paid job so I could succumb to a surfeit of the falling down water. I could lose a camera. I could lose the dogs. Fraught with dangers are  good céilidhs I’ll happen take my flute and play them Mull of Kintyre and Galvaston. That’ll show them.

_MG_2433We are only just in Scotland the horizon is England. The Lake District with the water in between being the Solway Firth. 

Garlieston pan1  A panorama of Garlieston. It is HDR and like all images will enlarge with a click.

I’m praying for some half decent light whilst I’m here and I will take the medium format Bronica out.

Have a great holiday, don’t get to fighting, it is the season of goodwill.

27 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Adrian ... boy, however short and sweet ... be well, eh? Love, cat.

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    1. Difficult to relate to flavoured condoms at my age. You are barking mad.

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  2. Scotland because I've never been, but heard a lot about it really be worth it, enjoy it with delicious, fine days.

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    1. Bas, another month or two and Scotland will be full of Dutch people. It's a very popular destination.

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  3. Have a good dance to see the New Year in Adrian but go easy on that falling down water or you might, as you wend your merry way home, mistake that little silver hut for the van and the beer goggles could play havoc with your emotions....how would you explain that away in the morning??...[;o)

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    1. Trevor I'll be careful. The pig shelter is probably cleaner than the van.

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  4. You are in a very attractive region and on Dec 21 have green grass. I hope your coming stoprm isn't a snow storm.
    Have a great holiday and Happy Christmas.
    I'm still blogging! It's just that my feeds are not being picked up.

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    1. It rarely snows here by the sea.

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      There is a wealth of information HERE

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  5. I was in Vietnam and 21 when first I heard Galveston. You can imagine how it made me feel. I still love the song.

    The first picture is great, great, great! The light on the horizon casting shadows of the trees in the water - well, I sat and looked at it for a long time. The water looks real and wet; everything fits.

    Maybe the pig will pose for you. I like pigs. If they give you so much beer it is going to make you fall down, give part of it to the pig. It might help persuade her to pose. The dancing from noon on sounds so much fun! I doubt I could hold out now but I would try.

    It was good seeing the rest of the pictures. I loved 'em all.

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    1. David, I'm fortunate in never having been to war. It's something I can't imagine.

      Im glad you like the first picture. I almost binned it in favour of more stormy skies.

      Pigs are friendly beasts. Most of them. I was once bitten badly by an angry pig but there are nasty folk everywhere now and again.

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  6. Beautiful for a holiday, and I won't get into too many fights Adrian.

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    1. Bob, it does seem a good place. I will avoid trouble too.

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  7. I love the stormy sky! And am looking forward to more stories and images of this lovely place. Go easy. Remember, we need our livers.

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    1. Katherine, I'm going out to get some long exposure pictures before the weather breaks. It doesn't get light here till 0840h. It will be a close run thing but with a bit of luck I'll just catch the storm coming in.

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  8. Merry Christmas, Adrian! Of course Galveston has been playing through my head ever since reading this. Must feel good to be settled in with your van all fixed up. Hope the weather doesn't become overwhelming, but at least there is a haven close by (the inn, not the pig shelters). I can't say I've ever been to Garlieston, even though it's not far from my birthplace. Now that your dogs have had their gourmet Christmas dinner, it is time for you to enjoy yourself :) I'm sure you're the life of any party!

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    1. Glo, it is an earworm.

      I'm not in the mood yet but that can be dangerous. If I don't really want to go out and just agree to have a quick beer to be sociable that's when chaos can so easily ensue.
      Garlieston suits me....there is not a Christmas decoration in sight.

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  9. Finest place to see in the new year.
    Have fun.

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    1. Keith, let us hope so. after a day here it seems a grand place.

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  10. I hope you have a lovely time up there and that your campervan doesn't become a royal barge when this big storm bursts. Batten down the hatches!

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    1. YP, I'm just about to check on the storms progress. It's very quiet outside at the moment.
      It has all the makings of a really good Hogmanny. We will see.

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  11. A friend from Scotland was speaking to me this evening. She reads your blog but never comments (she doesn't comment on mine either). Apparently she has stayed in Garlieston. She wasn't impressed one little bit. I (and she) will be interested to see what else it has to offer. The pub looks homely shall we say.

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    1. Graham, it is better than many Scottish towns but there are few that have real merit. The countryside is fine for the lowlands.
      The pub sells vile beer but is friendly and dog friendly.

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  12. Oh mine, you're at it again!

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    1. I meant, I thought you weren't going back to Scotland.

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    2. Maria, I've been booked in since March. I almost didn't make it but now I have I'm here for a month or so.

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  13. I quite agree with your comments on Scottish housing, in fact it was something I was going to mention before I read on and you covered it, interesting pub though, looks like an after thought, nearly celtic looking. Never heard of this place before despite driving the Whithorn loop although it was 15 years ago.

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  14. Jay, it's a grand little village. Well worth a visit.

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