Sunday, June 26, 2011

Classics at Moffat

Many of the roads around Moffat are like this - scenic and quiet. But this is the A708, the road that goes over towards Selkirk past the Grey Mare's Tale and St Mary's Loch. It has to be one of the worst main roads in the whole of Scotland. Not that it isn't scenic. It is, but in places it is really poorly maintained, especially recently after two hard winters. But if you like potholes big enough to swallow a little car whole, enjoy.

The road hasn't seen much improvement in over fifty years, so when the Moffat Classic Car Rally comes to town, the cars are right at home!

Yesterday's fun run set off from Moffat's main street.

The cars were headed on a clockwise circuit up the Devil's Beeftub to Tweedsmuir, then past the Talla and Megget reservoirs, to join the 708 back to Moffat. It's a lovely run, although there was not much sun yesterday. Last year the cars were sent round in the opposite direction.

Some beautifully turned out cars!

I have a soft spot for the Reliant Scimitar, having owned one - my very own 'classic' - in the 1990s.

I had a Sunbeam Talbot Mark 3 in the 1960s when I was a student. Happy memories! This is a beautiful example.

Out on the road, you could chose to be in company ....

... or enjoy the solitude!

You know the backroads well if you can recognise where this old AA box is! (It's at Cappercleuch.)

Did I say that the A708 gets quite narrow at times!

The main rally event was today (Sunday). The weather was somewhat unpleasant at the start, but it was great to watch cars arriving at the showground in Moffat, trying to identify them as they drove in to the field.

Don't forget your brolly!

There are prizes to be won of course, but this Wolseley 14/44 gets my vote!

Around 1000 cars were on view.

I always liked the Triumph 1300, and indeed I owned one. But it was not the happiest of involvements. Nice to see this one today though.

I had a Vauxhall Victor 101 Estate just like this one, for a summer job when I was a student. See nostalgia!

The Moffat Rally has lots more than just cars to look at.

I particularly liked Jen and Joe Davies' can collection. That's just a small sample above. It made me realise that collecting wee curling stones is perhaps not as peculiar as all that.

Photos © Skip Cottage

Monday, June 13, 2011

Between the June showers

In between the showers last week, I managed to get a few photos of the garden in the first week in June. It certainly does not feel like summer here. There's been lots of rain and very cool nights.

The garden though is very green. This is looking down to the bottom level.

Here's a shot looking back up the garden, with the pond in the foreground.

Here's more of the pond, looking towards one of the little acers, which was one of the first trees I planted in the garden.

This Rogersia gets the prize for the most rapid growth. It was so late in coming through that I did wonder if I had lost in in the cold of last winter. But this was not the case!

The yellow day lillies in the background started life as a packet of seeds some years ago!

There seemed to be lots of space in this raised bed when I commented on it back in April (here but you'll probably not recognise which photo it is!) when I planted some new perennials. These will take a while to get established, but the Alchemilla mollis at the front likes this situation.

These poppies too started as a packet of seeds, and have spread well!

I should probably add that the blackbirds have fledged, and the parents do not seem to have started again this year, at least not in the same nest.

And that the garden came through the big storms with no damage.

Photos © Skip Cottage