A Front Garden in Wigtown

It’s amazing what you see when wandering about a town on an early summer’s evening.

A train track in someone’s garden.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get far enough back to get it all in one photo:-

Garden Train Track In Wigtown

Wigtown Garden Train Track

Something Changed 27: National Express

It’s an unusual song, to say the least, that hymns the delights of a cross-country method of public transport. Yet that is exactly what this jaunty, tongue-in-cheek number from 1998 does.

It is also a statement of sorts to name your band after a famouspoem by Dante Alighieri even though it is a bit of a pisstake.

The song contains one of pop lyrics’ immortal lines in, “It’s hard to get by when your arse is the size of a small country.”

The official video from the time does display a degree of casual sexism though.

The Divine Comedy: National Express

Stellar Glitter

From Astronomy Picture of the Day for 13/10/19.

Open cluster NGC 290.

NGC 290

Carsluith Castle

Carsluith Castle is a ruined tower house which lies beside the A 75 a few miles south-east of Creetown in Dumfries and Galloway.

Its car park also doubles as one for the cafe/restaurant which occupies what was once its courtyard:-

Carsluith Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

Carsluith Castle

Carsluith Castle from side

Carsluith Castle Upper Levels


Carsluith Castle "Battlements"

Cardoness Castle

Cardoness Castle stands on a promontory overlooking the Fleet estuary near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.

As I recall there’s quite a steep though short climb from the car park at the side of the road up to the castle.

Cardoness Castle, Gatehouse of Fleet

Cardoness Castle


Cardoness Castle Interior

The lintel here makes a good perch!

Cardoness Castle Interior + Bird

Cardoness Castle Ruins

Fleet estuary from top of castle:-

Fleet estuary, Dumfries and Galloway

Gatehouse of Fleet. (I’ve posted pictures of the village before):-

Gatehouse of Fleet


Wow. Just wow.

From Astronomy Picture of the Day for 12/10/19.

On the left the pale blue dot (Earth) as seen from Saturn. On the right Earth and Moon from Mercury.

Earth from Saturn and Mercury

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 56: Mutehill

This is possibly more moderne than Deco. A house off the A 711, just south of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.

It’s possibly very recently built.

The White House Mutehill

Art Deco Style. The White House Mutehill

The White House Mutehill, Art Deco Style House

Dundrennan Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway

Dundrennan Abbey was the place where Mary, Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland before fleeing over the Solway Firth to England, imprisonment and eventual execution. She didn’t sleep in the Abbey itself but in the commendator’s house in the west range.

Dundrennan Abbey from the car park:-

Dundrennan Abbey in Dumfries and Galloway

Dundrennan Abbey ruins from side:-

Dundrennan Abbey Ruins From Side

Walls and west range:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Walls


Dundrennan Abbey, Arches

More Arches, Dundrennan Abbey

Choir screen – now detached and situated in the west range:-

Dundrennan Abbey Choir Screen

Carved graveslab:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Carved Graveslab

Galactic Collision

From Astronomy Picture of the Day for 9/10/19.

The aftermath of a collision between the two galaxies NGC 7715 (off to left) with NGC 7714 (centre.)

The bright centre of the swirl is due to a burst of star formation triggered by the collision.

Collision of NGC 7715 and NGC 7714

Dundrennan War Memorial

Dundrennan‘s War Memorial is situated outside the modern Church – across the road from Dundrennan Abbey. The church’s rose window in the photo was ‘rescued’ from the abbey when the church was built.

Dundrennan War Memorial

The inscription reads, “In proud and grateful memory of the men of this parish who died on service 1914-1919,” and, below, “1939 World War 1945.”

Dundrennan War Memorial Dedications

To the left of the memorial in the first photo above is another memorial plaque dedicated to the people who died in the crash of an aircraft in 1944, a local family and the aircrew. It is inscribed, “To the memory of the members of the Hamilton family who died on the 18th July 1944 when a Bristol Beaufighter aircraft crashed in Dundrennan village. James aged 35 and his wife Georgina aged 33 and their children Henry aged 10 and Agnes aged 8. Also the two airmen who died in the crash Henry Wiles (RAFVR) aged 21 Eric Young (RAFVR) aged 21. ‘Gone but not Forgotten.'”

Air Crash Memorial, Dundrennan

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