Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rootes Run

This was the first day of the Moffat Classic Car Rally weekend. Saturday is the day of the Moffat Run. Here the first batch of cars await the off on the High Street.

Last minute inspections!

Despite the weather, there was the usual gala atmosphere in the town.

Good to see some 'old friends' from previous years (see here and here, for example).

The Rally was started in 1998 by Rootes' enthusiasts, and cars like this Sunbeam Talbot are much in evidence ... and well turned out.

The route this year was an anticlockwise loop along to St Mary's Loch, then over past the Megget and Talla reservoirs to Tweedsmuir, and back via the Devil's Beeftub. The rain was just beginning as the cars set off.

Full marks to these competitors, at the mercy of the elements.

 With the rain coming down heavily, the second batch of cars on the run head out of town.

My 'favourite' for the last few years has been this Sunbeam Talbot Mark 3, similar to one I owned as a student in the 1960s. Happy memories!

I hope the car and its occupants had a safe, enjoyable run today.

Photos © Skip Cottage

Monday, June 18, 2012

Day Out with Norman

 My summer travels took me to the Skipton area yesterday.

The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway has been on my list of 'must visit' places for a while. This is Embsay station.

Here is yesterday's transport arriving at Embsay from Bolton Abbey. It's a short heritage line, only four miles or so, but interesting nonetheless.

 And this is Bolton Abbey station.

Future restoration projects?

The engine running round at Bolton Abbey.

Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST, see the list of all in preservation here.

 Built in 1943 in Newcastle.

 And known as 'Norman'. Why 'Norman' I wonder?

Beth was the driver yesterday, and thanks to her for allowing me to visit the cab! Highlight of my day.

 All aboard and ready for the run back to Embsay.

 We're off!

The line is very family friendly, and yesterday, it being Fathers' Day, there were lots of children who had brought their dads for a hurl on a steam train... and to experience together the sights, sounds and smells that are part of the steam experience!

A visit to the Yorkshire Dales would not be complete without stopping off for a coffee in the village of Burtersett! My old friend Brian Alderman is turning one room of his home there into a studio and gallery. You can visit him online here, and see his progress. From my visit yesterday, it looks as if the new gallery will be open for business soon.

Photos © Skip Cottage.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Business in Edinburgh

My curling friends will realise it was a bit strange for me today, heading for the Royal Caledonian Curling Club's AGM at the Murrayfield rink. With no Skip Cottage Curling to worry about, the camera was left at home, and there was no need to have my notebook and pencil to hand to record the 'news'. I was just another member, there to cast my vote, and support our governing body in its deliberations.

Actually, it was good to meet up with many others that I've got to know over the years. The meeting itself was all over in 75 minutes. Bill Duncan is now the Royal Club President.

Only one vote had to be counted today, and this saw Leslie Ingram-Brown as the odd one out of the four standing for three places on the RCCC Board of Directors.

Controversy? Only one thing. The Royal Club's review of lessons to be learned from the failure of the National Curling Academy project has now been published, see here, but had not been read by many of the members present today. So when Hugh Hunter Gordon asked under AOCB that a further (independent) review of the subject be made, concentrating particularly on the bid process that saw Kinross given the nod over Ratho back in October 2008, there was some headscratching on what to do. Significantly, the suggestion was not thrown out, and hence the NCA saga will remain on the table for the Royal Club's directors, with perhaps an addendum to the published review to be added in the future.

And that's enough from me!