Winter, thus far, has been reasonably kind. It's dull & cool but fairly dry and with only a little ice. So it's possible to ride but you wouldn't want to go far. Today I took a spin to some local buildings of interest.
|This is a photograph from 1889. Note the horse and carriage at the front door.|
(photo from Historic Environment Scotland)
|This is where the horses lived. The nearby stable and carriage block now converted into apartments.|
|In the grounds there was a large curling pond. Maybe this is a sign of global warming but the pond is completely ice free even in mid winter. It will occasionally freeze over but I doubt you'd ever dare walk on it.|
|Nearby there is another grand house, Greenbank. Robert Allason had it built in 1760 on the profits of importing tobacco from, and exporting slaves to colonial America.|
|The interior when a bank|
I have a family connection with the building. An ancestor, John MacLean was arrested outside the hall for making speeches opposing the First World War. He was jailed for sedition in 1918.
|John MacLean on Soviet stamp|
|Camphill House in nearby Queen's Park. |
|Finally my favourite (I can see it from my front room), Mearns Castle. Built c1450. |