Friday, November 20, 2009

After the storm

The calm after the storm. By the time I was up and around this morning with my camera, the water levels in the Annan were already going down, although that is not obvious from this photo, looking north from the garden!

That's the river behind the trees on the left. What was different from normal was the roar of the water.

I took this pic from the bottom of the garden.

Downstream from Skip.

Where is the actual river?

All very well to take these pics of the power of water, but not so enjoyable if your home is threatened. Sympathy for those, as the news today has been full of horror stories of residential and commercial properties affected.

For me, there was only a little inconvenience as access to the Jocksthorn Bridge was blocked.

The water had been very much higher during the night, and was still flowing from the field over the road mid morning.

Pics © Skip Cottage

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Skip island

It certainly has been a bad storm! The River Annan is well over its banks near Skip today, not surprisingly, as it's been raining non stop for more than 24 hours. And the weather forecasters are predicting that there's more to come! At least Skip stands well above the river (fingers crossed).

I'm sorry for those further down Annandale who may not be so fortunate. Today is certainly not a day for driving around Dumfries and Galloway. Thoughts are with those who have to be out and about.

You will have seen this field to the north of the cottage here and here. It's a lake today!

It is flood plain, so this is not unexpected. Apparently the river was diverted to its current path, just out of sight on the left, when the railway was built in the middle of the 19th century. The river used to come in from the right and run along the north slope of the garden in the foreground!

The only silver lining is that the garden pond doesn't need filling!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

More on Copland's Monument

Earlier this year, my explorations took me on to the hills behind the Minnygap farms, on the west side of Annandale, see here. I posted photos of this interesting construction, marked on the maps as Copland's Monument, and noted that I could find no documentation of who Copland was.

Jim Storrar, author of two Moffat Miscellany books which I've mentioned before (see here), has been in touch to say that he has 'stumbled upon' a reference in the Dumfries Weekly Journal of Tuesday, 26th July, 1803, which explains that Copland was a local shepherd killed on the morning of 20th July, 1803. Thanks Jim.

The paper says, "On Tuesday night and Wednesday last we had a violent storm of thunder and lightning here, accompanied with some very heavy showers of rain. We are sorry to state, that Mr John Copland of Monygap (sic), about five miles from Moffat, while he was going to look after his sheep, on Wednesday morning, was struck with the lightning and instantly killed."

Presumably the monument was erected soon thereafter, making it more than 200 years old!

Photos © Skip Cottage. The dog is Tally!