We made one of our trips down south in August and had a look at Wigan as our nearly daughter-in-law (the wedding will be in July) had had to break a train journey there and said she found it nice. It is.
The Lewis Grassic Gibbon Centre, dedicated to the memory and dissemination of the works of J Leslie Mitchell – better known as Lewis Grassic Gibbon – lies in the Mearns village of Arbuthnott.
We took the good lady’s blog friend Peggy there when she was over from the States. It contains items from Gibbon’s life and memorabilia of the times he lived in.
I picked up several informative brochures, including one with pictures of the covers of the first editions of his books. The one for Stained Radiance might have caused some raised eyebrows when it was published in 1930.
We had a delightful lunch in the café at the front of the Centre before heading off to the churchyard where there is a memorial to Gibbon beside one to members of his family.
The same day we went to The Kelpies (see the two posts immediately previous to this) we also visited the Falkirk Wheel which is a rotating boat lift linking the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, built using Millenium Fund money. (See Wikipedia’s article here.)
Boat coming down:-
Boat leaving lift:-
Other boat ascending:-
At the quayside were these maquettes of The Kelpies:-
This is in the form of a Celtic Cross and stands in a small gardened area just off the main street.
Reverse view looking on to Main Street:-
The Names on the Memorial include a staff nurse, only given as Staff Nurse Macbeth:-
A new addition to the small memorial garden, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War, is a pair of memorial benches of which I photographed one. Both benches have inlays of soldiers, barbed wire and stylised poppies.
The River Tummel is dammed where it passes Pitlochry in the county of Perth and Kinross and the site houses a hydro-electric power station. The dam created the man-made reservoir Loch Faskally and the buildings are in the deco style.
Pitlochry Dam as seen from access road from the town centre:-
Loch Faskally from Pitlochry Dam (looking north-west):-
River Tummel (looking south-east from Pitlochry Dam.) Pitlochry Festival Theatre visible to the right:-
Cartouche and window of building at Pitlochry Dam:-
There is a fish ladder up the west side of the dam to allow salmon access up to their spawning grounds. When I was last there you could see the fish directly (if one was in the particular step with the window.) Now it seems to be a closed-circuit TV system. The photo below is of the upper platfrom: the fish ladder is to the right here:-
Pitlochry Dam buildings from east side. Part of the fish ladder to the right:-
Pitlochry Dam Generator Building from south:-
Pitlochry Dam + Generator Building:-
Pitlochry Dam Building from South:-
Pitlochry Dam window and cartouche from west side of the river bank:-
This Pitlochry shop has an Art Deco roof-line; good “stepping”:-