Friday 26 October 2018

Hobbs & Shaw

There was some excitement in Glasgow this week because a Hollywood movie was being filmed in the city centre. There were many car chases because the film, Hobbs & Shaw, is a spin-off from the Fast & the Furious series.

I caught some bike action this afternoon during my regular visit to town for Friday lunch.

Stuntman on a Triumph Speed Triple (I think) connected to the film wagon


I think I'm in the shot.

This was quite a contraption. A heavily modified bike with a movie camera cantilevered out front.

It seems like Glasgow is standing in for London going by this bus (parking in my usual bike space!)

Blown up bus.

Monday 15 October 2018

Autumn Colours

As I usually do at this time of year I went looking for some autumn foliage in the Scottish Borders today. 

In the middle of nowhere (near Newcastleton)…..

…I came across a sign to Saughtree Station. It closed in 1956 but the sign remains.

Another old railway sign.

In the hills above Newcastleton

At the border of the Borders

Outside Langholm there is this monument to General John Malcolm. I'm sure there is a good view from up there.

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Cumbrian Run

We've had a lot of bad weather recently. Its been cool, cloudy and wet. But the weatherman promised some respite today with sunshine and warmth. I thought "where haven't I been for a while?" and came up with Cumbria, across the border in NW England.  
The River Esk at Longtown. I assume the two guys on the gravel island are anglers. Thinking about it they don't seem to have any way of getting off the island.

This area has many quaint old pubs like this one in Newbiggin.

Autumn berries

Follow the sun!

Cumbrian landscape
Old-style road sign. These signs look new but "Cumberland County Council" ceased to exist in 1974 - so maybe they are just being very well maintained.

A country crossroads - a good time to check the map.

Another Cumbrian landscape. Dry stone walls are common.

"The Little Chippy" in Penrith provided lunch.

Another tempting pub in Dacre
St Kentigern's Church in Mungrisdale (1756)

Now this is what I call a biking road! - Caldbeck Common (I think)

Wild Fell ponies

I came across this ford. After a quick inspection I crossed without a problem.
As someone who has worked on old bridges this one looks really old. Hesket Bridge - information is vague "mid 18th century" - older than that I'd think.

Beside the sea at Silloth.