On Melmac, saying "have a nice day" is punishable by death.


A whole load of photos – flying to Scandinavia

These are from a recent long (too long) trip from work.  We were doing flying on behalf of a Scandinavian airline so mostly flying from Tenerife to various Finnish / Swedish destinations.  9 days away is a bit much for me; I really didn’t enjoy that aspect and it took quite a lot out of me.  I got some quite nice shots along the way though…

I am just putting them up at reduced size to save bandwidth but if anyone likes any particular photo, please let me know and I’ll be happy to send you the ‘full fat’ version.

In Swedish airspace nearing dusk

Taken out of a double glazed toughened window with many unexplained greasy marks this is not a perfect shot but gives an idea of the lovely scene as we continued on towards Amsterdam

I love this one...

Essentially the same image but with some framing of the cockpit window view.

Sunset 🙂 Get ready for loads more of these!

I love the light on the river below.

My favourite - morning

A bit colder, this shot...



Golden Hamster

I’ve been feeling more and more like a hamster as winter draws in.  Sleeping a lot during the day and eating a bit too much 🙂

Arisaig Beach

I’ve not long ago returned from a short break to Camusdarach beach, Arisaig.

The weather was beautiful and the heat was well up into the late twenties every day.  Look into http://www.road-to-the-isles.org.uk/camusdarach-campsite.html  –  aside from camping / caravanning, there are cottages for rental.

I sent this picture in to the Glasgow Herald and just got word back they are using it in tomorrow’s paper 🙂  Thats two I’ve had in now!

Camusdarach beach, Arisaig

Todays work at the flat

Things have been coming on nicely at the flat, its been great since I moved out in terms of progress.  Up until recently I was fairly nonplussed about any work going on, because of the feeling that I was just digging into a massive mountain.  The difference moving out has made!  The other day I really didn’t want to leave the place….had to force myself into going 😉

Well, today was another like that.  I hope you can see some difference kicking in.  Sorry, there are quite a few photographs…..

Out through the bedroom window, lovely shot of the Cobbler, about 6pm

This light was coming in just as I was nearing the end of todays work, time to nip down to the tap, wash my hands and get the camera 🙂

Taken from the front door - NB we are not leaving it like this!!! What you are missing is the wall partition to the new bathroom we will be shortly creating.

From the bedroom looking through the studs to the hall / bathroom areas, and beyond, the living room.

This floor is probably ok to leave 'as is' unlike the kitchen and living room floors.

Here's a good view of the new studs Brian put in to replace the area vacated by the removal of the old shower cavity and hotpress.

Love the light here 🙂

Taken from the area that used to be the hall / bathroom, looking out at the cobbler on a beautiful April evening.

I know, its a samey image, probably been in before but I still like it.

Cracking shot! From the living room, looking out through the studs of the bathroom, hall wall, through the bedroom and out to the Cobbler hill 🙂 Looking out while working, I think about the views that will be had when all this renovation madness is over!

Clear blue winters day

This shot was taken with the tripod and shutter release on the camera, although there was plenty of light around.

Looking south down Loch Long from Arrochar...

A timely trip to Krakow

Yesterday we had a flight to Krakow in Poland, taking what appeared to be a mix of final year schoolchildren and some journalists off to visit Auschwitz concentration camp.  The rest of the crew joined in with the delegation, and made their way off in buses and taxis.

I set out from the hotel on foot in the beautiful autumn sun to discover the older parts of Krakow, and just explore a wee bit.   I really enjoy the old buildings and massive central squares in Eastern Europe.  Walking around in the sun, eating street food, watching the locals, exploring the meandering streets 🙂

Then a pot of tea on a large cafe-boat moored on the river Wisla, with great views of Wawel Castle http://www.wawel.krakow.pl/en/

I even scrammed back to the hotel for a very restful 2 hours sleep before showtime for a nice 2 1/2 hour trip home.  Wouldn’t mind more duties like that!  The passengers were great too…strangely enough nobody threatening to punch F**k out of anyone, falling out of toilet doors undressed, P*shing themselves, or having very bad sing songs!  Fancy that?

Photographs of the day:

Statue in front of Akademia Gorniczo

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This doesn't look like such a bad job 🙂

About to move into the main square in the old town.

I just loved the 'feel' of the place, with the trams and the traffic working alongside. It was a beautiful afternoon too which always helps!

Under the belly of 'The Beast' that is GJMAA


And finally a pot of tea on a cafe boat looking at the Castle before stealing off to the hotel for two hours sleep before the flight home 🙂

The next day (er…this one, as I type) brought a dirty DIY session of lifting floorboards, sifting through confusion oh and breaking the key to my brothers car….so the moral is, whenever you get a chance to recharge the batteries go for it!


Strapping the walls

Some pictures of Brian strapping the walls in the flat.  Great to see more happening and enjoying the company.  We are laying OSB 11mm onto which the plaster board at 12mm will be attached.  Should be a good solid job at the end of it….

I’m looking after the bacon rolls 😉  A few photos….

Even when it rains this place is beautiful

Right!  A new category.  DIY.   I’ve just been tasked with figuring out the layout of electrical points for the improvements we are making to the wee place in Arrochar…we are reinstalling the wiring as its, well…a bit ropey.  As much of a shithole as the place is, the initial work will not take too long.  We have already installed a new ceiling, now just got to get the fresh ringmain in, then we’ll be strapping the walls (because they are a bit…ropey).  Then a visit from the plasterman.

But while all this goes on, even on rainy days up here, the light from the hills is wonderful 🙂

At anchor on the south coast of Brittany

Many thanks to Gwen for including me on her tour, Summer 2009