Not… A Bridge too Far

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Connel Bridge, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

There are not that many Bridge in the UK that have Listed Status, being of historic importance…. but Connel Bridge is justifiably one of them. When it was built in 1903, its 524ft cantilever span was the second longest in Scotland.  Only the famous Forth Railway Bridge was bigger, both having been constructed by Arrol Bridge Builders..

Connel Bridge stands at the mouth of Loch Etive where it joins the Firth of Lorne. It is at  times a tempestuous location,  the water flowing out of Loch Etive meets the incoming tides, which together with the deep channels, create the Falls of Lora.

As for the Bridge itself, it has had a chequered history.  Originally built as a Railway Bridge for the Callander and Oban Railway, it carried a single track line. Later a narrow roadway was built alongside the rail line.  For a time cars were conveyed on a wagon…..  for a Toll of course..  The Railway closed in 1966 and the line removed and replaced by a single track road.  Today,  a one way traffic system is controlled via Traffic lights.

Progress has seen a many, much bigger, bridge constructions. But Connel Bridge with its unique highland backdrop and the turbulent waters below, has a special magic of its own.

Whatever metaphorical bridges you have to negotiate today….

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

18th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

High and Dry……..

On-the-Marsh

High and Dry…. on the Marsh

Out of the reach of high tides…..  I also guess its been there for some time as the salt marsh reeds are growing tall  around it, the boat slowly sinking lower and starting to hide.  It was also a frosty morning when we made our way across the marshes….. cold enough for the water trapped in the boat to have frozen.  Looks lonely, maybe its been forgotten.

Keep warm and…..

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

11th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Just Another Wet Day…

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Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Rain has been the signature for most of our December and January days.  The rains did remind we of a day a couple of years ago.

It was mid June when we arrived for a brief stop in the Faroe Islands…..   and after days of wall to wall sunshine we were greeted by heavy rain.

There were a few spells when the rains eased.  Despite the damp the Torshavn still glowed.

Despite having a full day of exploring ,  our very friendly local tour guide had picked the key highlights of the main Island… and even allowing for the weather, we met very few locals.  Even walking round the City of Torshavn, the Capital of the Faroes, we met very few people.

I guess what illustrates this best is our visit to Tinganes, this old village acts as a tourist experience and is located harbourside in Torshavn.  Wooden houses, warehouses, many grass roofed, possible once the commercial centre…. this day it was like a ghost town, our exclusive domain.

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The rain did rather ‘dampen’ our experience but it didn’t dampen our desire to return.  Our Guide packed a great deal into the day….but we know there was lots more to see and much more time needed.  So with luck, we may, one day get back…. and who knows we may even meet more of the locals.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st  January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…….. The Little Things

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Thimble Hall, Youlgreave, Derbyshire

In these trouble times it is often the little things that mean the most.

I have always loved this aptly named, one up, one down village cottage.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

14th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Walk With Skeletons…..

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Heavy frost overnight and a misty morning.   Events again conspired against me getting out in the morning.  I was though rather surprised that by early afternoon, when we did manage to head out, that the the ground was still white and frozen… and the mist still lingered, swirling in a very light breeze.

Lets just say it was cold but invigorating.  It was also interesting to witness the constantly changing mist and the subtle colour changes, as the sun began to fall below the invisible horizon.

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The Ice on the Lake is of course thicker than yesterday.  The Gulls have flown but the Ducks huddle together in the shelter of lakeside bushes…

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As the day drew to a close the sun did make a last bright spirited attempt at a sunset, nearly but not quite….

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As always Buster enjoyed his walk, even if his paws were getting cold….  but like me he was glad to get back to the warmth of the conservatory and enjoy the last rays of the late afternoon sun 🙂

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Now I wonder what tomorrows weather will bring us…that is apart from the realisation that its FRIDAY again (just where did that week vanish to?).

No matter the Weather…no matter the day of the week….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

7th January

(C) David Oakes 2021