Due to personal life effecting events this blog came to a grinding halt in June/August 2016. However life carried on as did my photography. My partner had been diagnosed with uterine cancer in September 2015. During the operation to remove the cancer her urethra tube (right side) was damaged. It was several months before the tube was healed enough to allow the Chemo treatment to be started. I know my partner was stressed during this time and so was I. However, we did manage a few outings – with rest in between our gentle adventures. Thankfully that is all behind us now and we can relax a little bit. So How to bridge the gap – Part 2?
May 2016: As Susan’s energy level began to recover our occasional outings got longer. We revisited a few places one being a firm favourite is the historic village of Killin at the head of Loch Tay. The river Dochart provides a series of spectacular falls/rapids. On it flood days you senses are assaulted by the scene and roaring of the rushing water deafens the hearing. (Click here or on image at left to view gallery)
June 2016: Visit to our local Zoo/Rescue centre Five Sisters Zoo near West Calder. The zoo has rescued 3 ex-circus brown bears and 4 ex circus lions with the help of public donations. It is one of the most popular attractions in West Lothian (Click here or on image right to see gallery).
July 2016: A three-day trip to Cardiff for the British Final of the 1-Act festival was followed by a three-week construction of a model railway – (see earlier blogs). Susan had recovered enough to join her fellow Mercators for their performance of “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Man of Mystery” in the Edinburgh Fringe. Our one photographic outing was along with our fellow Intrepid Sid Morgan when we visited the Weeping Window exhibition at The Black Watch museum Perth and a wee side trip to Balvaird Castle.
August 2016: Two outings – one in connections with the model railway and my interest in what is now termed as “heritage Railways”, to me it will always remain “Steam Locomotives”. In May we went to see the “Flying Scotsman” at Bo’ness And Kinneil Railway our rail trip in August was to travel to Tweedbank to see 46100 “Royal Scot”. (Click here or on image below to see gallery)