Friday, 29 May 2009
This month has been and gone in a flash and I've been very slack at posting up loads of things that have been happening.
I couldn't resist this incident though.
I have a couple of foxes living in my wilderness of a back garden but I've never seen them out and about during the day.
As this was the hottest day of the year so far, this one came out for a bit of sunbathing. I got a couple of shots in before she noticed and scuttled off into the undergrowth.
Monday, 11 May 2009
Over the years, I have covered everything from the Rolling Stones to Take That when Robbie Williams was with them. There have been great gigs and woeful gigs.
Last Wednesday night I was on the guest list for a gig at the Old Fruitmarket thanks to Gill at The Scottish Music Centre. I was unsure of exactly what I was going to see, but am I glad I could make it. My old pal Tom was compere for the night. On the line up were bands from Spain, Prince Edward Island and a mixture of Finnish and Norwegian, respectively, Felpeyu, Vishten and Frigg.
They were all exceptional and the night finished with all three bands doing a tune together on stage.
A fantastic night of brilliant music !
I was visiting friends in Dollar on Sunday and it was getting uncomfortably hot during our al fresco breakfast on the terrace.
Within five minutes, the sun had vanished behind an ominous black cloud and the noise of the hailstones on the conservatory roof was quite deafening.
Only in Scotland and it's supposed to be the summer!!
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Inveraray is a beautiful town.
Situated on the banks of Loch Fyne on the west coast of Scotland, it is surrounded by some of the country's best scenery.
The town has a mixture of quaint and traditional shops and is steeped in history. The George Hotel has been around since the early 1700's and I have to admit to getting caught up in the back bar many times over the years. You can also visit the famous Vital Spark, one of the last Puffers left and
star of the long running comedy series Para Handy.
The reason for me being there was to get some photos of the new matron at the must see,
Inveraray Jail. Trust me, you would not argue with this woman.
On the way back, I took a shot of Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll and home of the Clan Campbell. Many years ago I took a shot from a helicopter of 500 French sales personnel on the lawns at the front of the castle after Pernod Ricard had acquired Clan Campbell Whisky. It only took 22 minutes to get there from the centre of Glasgow. The resulting photograph was wired all over the world.
If you are ever in the town, go to the little deli and get yourself an Aberdeen Angus
sausage roll, they are mind boggling. If you are a vegetarian, don't worry they have plenty on the menu of a non meat nature.
All in all, a great day out.
Last Thursday afternoon I raced out to see Hermitage under 16's in the semi-final of the Glasgow schools cup.
I missed the first few minutes due to heavy traffic and when I arrived on the touchline I was told that number two son Andrew, had scored almost from kick off.
The opposition, Bearsden however were not taking it lightly and the match was all square at half time despite them hitting the crossbar.
With about ten minutes left on the clock, Andrew got a peach of a through ball and leaving a Bearsden defender in his wake, flicked a shot past the goalie and it was 2-0
The final is a week on Saturday and if they win, it will be a hat trick for the boys in this event.
I can't wait!