Tuesday 8 January 2019

A Short Run

2019 has, so far, been reasonably mild and today there was some sun so I took a short run to Greenock on the Firth of Clyde.

Thinking about it the West of Scotland was today probably the warmest place on the planet at the latitude of 56 degrees north of the equator. 8C (46F) is not bad for mid winter.  
There is a good viewpoint at Lyle Hill with a vista north across the Firth to the Highlands.

I was surprised to see this whin (gorse) bush in bloom.

Newark Castle in Port Glasgow.

The Titan crane in Greenock towers over an apartment block. The 150 ton crane was used to fit out ships in years past.

The Hebridean Princess at its winter dock. This was a ferry that was converted into a small cruise ship.


  1. We usual weekend cycling route. Nice to see it on a sunny day!

  2. I had to take advantage of a rare sunny day.

  3. Are you surprised to not have any snow? We are at 44˚ Latitude and our temps are about the same. High of 51˚F (10˚C) yesterday. Sure nice when the sun decides to shine in the winter. Glad you could enjoy.

    1. We don't get a lot of snow. We have a mild winter climate given our northerly location. The prevailing wind is from the Atlantic that stops it getting really cold. It's strange to see pictures of heavy snow in Greece & Turkey when its ok here. It's usually dull but if the sun does shine I'll take advantage of it.