Wednesday 31 January 2018

Monte Carlo Rally 2018

The Historique, Classique and Heritage classes of the Monte Carlo Rally departed from Paisley this evening. I didn't think I'd make it, the weather was horrendous - hail, snow & thunder - but it backed off so I got there. 

Triumph Herald driven by Austrian father & son team of Mateo & Andrzej Szmidt.

Porsche 914/6

Classic '60's rally car. This Mini Cooper S is from Malta with a British crew.

What a grand old bus! - a 1955 Mercedes Benz 220A. The owner is from Northern Ireland and he imported the car from Tasmania.

A pair of beauties, a Jaguar XK150S…..

…..and a 1935 Aston Martin Mk II

Chevrolet Coupe from Belgium

The humblest of cars go rallying like this Ford Prefect…..

…..and Ford Popular "Flying Tortoise"

Lancia Fulvia

Hillman Imp - made near here in Linwood. The owner bought it from a lady in 2001 in poor condition for £50 and made good on a promise to take her for a run in it once it was restored.

The cars gather at the Abbey

Tuesday 30 January 2018

In the News - Detectorists Disappointment.

Metal detectorists Paul Adams and Andy Sampson thought that they had literally struck gold when they found what they thought was a hoard of Roman coins in a field in Suffolk.

Doubt set in when they showed their find to an experienced detectorist. He correctly recognised that the coins were fake. They were, in fact, props left behind from the filming of the BBC comedy series "Detectorists". 
Paul & Andy (above) and Toby Jones & MacKenzie Crook (below)....or is it the other way round?
The "gold" being buried by the Romans, as depicted in the series.
 the story 
Note that someone who detects is a "detectorist", a "detector" is the instrument they use. This forms the basis of a standing joke in the series.

Thursday 25 January 2018

A Run to the Capital & the Coast

Well the snow's gone so I thought I'd better get out on the bike. I looked at the map for somewhere not too far away - it is still cool - so I took a run to Edinburgh. I don't think about Edinburgh as a coastal city but it is and I thought I'd explore the seaside.

My first stop is the western suburb of Cramond.
Here I'm looking north across the Firth of Forth with Camond Island on the right

There is a walkway to the island but it is underwater at high tide. These are the tide tables.
You have been warned!

I have a knack of visiting the coast at low tide but this was an advantage today. Beside the walkway are a row of concrete posts.
These were war time defences that partially closed the estuary as part of measures to protect the naval base at Rosyth which is upstream from here.
Like a pro I make sure to get myself in the shot!
There are many impressive buildings in this area. This is Muirhouse Mansion built in 1832 in the Gothic Tudor style. I'm not sure what it's used for now - rented apartments maybe. The dumpster out front spoils it's grandeur a bit.
Of course I have to include an old bridge. This is the Victoria Swing Bridge at Leith Docks.
Sunshine on Leith! - it's 2pm but the sun is low in the sky.
The SV sparkles in the winter sunshine
The beach at Portobello….
…..and Musselburgh
The "Auld Brig" over the River Esk in Musselburgh
The town from the bridge
Canada Geese graze at the river bank
For lunch I had chips and sauce. The sauce part seems to be unique to Edinburgh (salt & vinegar usually being offered). It's just brown sauce that has been watered down to make it runny. A bit messy to eat with your hands and not something I'd usually consume, but when in Rome…..

I was expecting it to be cool but it was tolerably mild (10C/50F) and with some sun and no wind it was quite pleasant and it was great of be out on the bike again.

Sunday 21 January 2018

All Quiet on the Biking Front….

Sorry, no "Tales from the Road" for you. I usually get out and about for the odd short run even in winter but a spell of snowy weather has made that impossible.

My street.....

.....and back garden