‘Maureen,’ said my neighbour some years ago,’ can you imagine what it’s like to be ridiculously wealthy?’ ‘Emmmm….’ ‘Don’t bother with an answer,’ he interrupted, ‘for I guarantee you can’t….’ He and his wife had just returned from their holiday home abroad which they visited twice a year. Now… I thought that they were ridiculously wealthy……. judging by their lifestyle, and, tongue in cheek, I told him so. He laughed. ‘You think? We don’t come close!’ ‘Well then, in answer to your original question … no, I can’t imagine what being ridiculously wealthy would be like. What made you ask?’Continue reading →
June has come and gone, July is almost over and my good intention to write a blog at least once a month has come to nothing. Another failure. I need to come up with an excuse, a damn good reason or the name of someone I can blame (isn’t that ‘the trend?)……..so that I can ‘pass the buck’……….. well that wont take me long…..as that name would be mine……for right here…… at my door……. is where the buck stops….. and I am soooooo disgusted and disappointed in myself. Fortunately, my inaction doesn’t impact negatively on the world at large (or does it??)… or even on a single individual (as far as I know) apart from myself…… yet, still, I feel bad……. now why is this?
The following extracts are taken from ‘northlanarkshire.gov.uk‘ – re Strathclyde Country Park.
‘Mature woodlands, rough wetlands, wildlife refuges and neat open parkland all surround Strathclyde Loch, a man made loch created in the early 1970s by flooding the old mining village of Bothwellhaugh. However the history of the park can be traced as far back as the Romans with remains of Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort and a Roman bath house and arched Roman bridge within the park. Additionally the site of the Battle of Bothwell Bridge (1679) is located to the north west of the park.’
‘Throughout the year the park is host to various major events including world class international rowing regattas, music events, triathlons, 5k and 10k races, fireworks events, Countryside Ranger Service activities and various club activities; some of our events attract upwards of 100,000 visitors.’Continue reading →