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Fortress Island, IJmuiden

On the way out from IJmuiden as well as the windsurfers (see previous posts) we passed a fortified island, which is named Fortress Island.

I assume the fortifications were built by the Germans during World War 2 as part of their Atlantic Wall.

Fortress Island, IJmuiden, The Netherlands

Industrial IJmuiden in the background:-

Fortress Island, IJmuiden, The Netherlands From the South

A bit further on. I can’t decide if the rectangular array is a set of solar panels. I think it must be, so obviously a much later addition:-

More of Fortress Island, IJmuiden, The Netherlands

Are the serrated things in this view tank traps?

Fortress Island, IJmuiden, The Netherlands

Some Buildings in Groningen +

More from our trip to The Netherlands last year.

Canalside (former?) warehouse. Roof under repair:-

Dutch Canalside Building Under Roof Replacement

Closer view. Note circular company information:-

Canalside Building, Groningen

Old building. Looks like 1641!

Old Canalside Building, Groningen

Modern Fountain:-

Fountain, Groningen, The Netherlands,

Hanging garden. Wisteria:-

Wisteria Drapery, Groningen, The Netherlands,

Boat in a courtyard:-

Boat in a Courtyard, Groningen

In a Dutch town you’re never far from a load of bikes:-

Bicycles, Groningen

Buildings in Drachten

A few buildings in Drachten I missed first time round.

Art Deco style brickwork on this:-

Art Deco Brickwork, Drachten

Typical old Dutch style:-

Dutch Style Building, Drachten

Modern bungalow type house but flat-roofed:-

House and Trees, Drachten

Another more modern style house:-

Modern Style House, Drachten

I also spotted this neat multi-child trolley being trundlied across the town square:-

Baby Trolley, Drachten, The Netherlands

Beating Them at Their Own Game

Scotland win by 6 runs

Scotland win by 6 runs.

Over England. In a form of cricket, a game which England invented, at which England are at present the best in the world.

(Well, not now. Now Scotland are surely unofficial World Number 1 in One Day International cricket.)

This is a stunning result, as far as I know the first win Scotland has had over England in any form of cricket.

It shouldn’t be a surprise. Cricket is not really alien to Scotland. There are many practitioners of the art throughout the country. (I was one myself once, playing not only for my school but also for Dumbarton Cricket Club way back in the day. Not in any great capacity; I was only really there to make up the numbers. My proud boast though is that I never scored a duck when batting for the club.)

But back in the nineteenth century Scottish cricket matches used to attract crowds in the 10,000s. J M Barrie (of Peter Pan fame) used to be a member of a travelling cricket side known as the Allahakberries. (Possibly not a name you could get away with these days.)

It’ll be a heady day or two until normal service is resumed.

Pasadena Roof Orchestra on Tour

I ended up behind this van while wending my way through south Perth and Kinross, while travelling north on the A 912 in March 2017.

Pasadena Roof Orchestra on Tour

Pasadena Roof Orchestra Van

I didn’t know the Pasadena Roof Orchestra was still going.

An Honorary Son? (and Daughter)

I see some overprivileged bloke who got married today has been granted the somewhat unlikely title of Earl of Dumbarton, which means his wife will be Countess of Dumbarton.

My first reaction on hearing this was that the local earldom was surely that of Lennox; but it seems they are still going, only elevated to Dukes, so that title wasn’t vacant.

A quick piece of Googling showed that there have in the past been two Earls of Dumbarton (see upper link above) but the last of them died in 1749 so making the title available.

I wonder what the new Earl and Countess will make of the place should they ever deign to visit.

And does his title make the new Baron Kilkeel (not to mention Duke of Susex) an honorary Son of the Rock? Or his wife, Lady Kilkeel (and Duchess of Sussex,) an honorary daughter thereof?

I look forward to them turning up at the Rock for a game, but I shan’t hold my breath.

Pedant’s corner:- On the (utterly sycophantic) BBC television coverage of said nuptials I heard Huw Edwards refer to “Lord Lieutenants”. Tut, tut, Mr Edwards. Standards at the BBC used to be so much higher. Lieutenant here is an adjective descriptive of the Lord concerned. The plural you were so vainly seeking is “Lords Lieutenant”.

More from Doune

Somebody still hopeful in Doune. Yes and EU flags. They had a Catalan flag too the next time I passed.

Still Yes

Willows Deli, Doune. We’ve had lunch there a few times. They do evening meals as well:-

Willows Deli, Doune

Cautionary Sign, Princes Street Gardens Christmas Fairground Ride

Princes Street Gardens Christmas Fairground Ride

Cinema Rules

On the wall of the cafe at The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy:-

Aberfeldy Cinema Rules

I like the rustling comment.

The other notice is less unusual:-

Rules, Aberfeldy Cinema

Pedant’s corner:- I note independant above (independent.)

Duirinish, Highlands. Free Roaming Cattle

On the way back fom Skye we took a detour to go to Plockton on Loch Carron. The road took us through the village of Duirinish.

The locals think nothing of letting their livestock roam the (one, very narrow) street.

Duirinish, Highland

Both Highland cattle and sheep made driving through it a little precarious. In the link above is a great photograph of the village with cattle in the burn.

After Plockton and on the way back to our hotel we encountered a family of highland cattle more or less blocking the road. They seemed to be going home for the night. The woman in the other car had stopped for a photo opportunity.

Highland Cows on Road!

I tried to nudge past them but had to stop sharpish as the female cow didn’t take too kindly to me getting near her offspring.

Highland Cattle 2

The joys of rural driving!

Highland Cattle 2

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