As 2005 wound it way to 2006 our friendship was deepening. Having discovered digital photography I always took a small camera into work with me. On days that I walk to work I would stop and take photos of Sunrise, how the light changed the shape of trees and images which pleased me. At this time I was using a simple point and shoot Nikon E7900 a 7 mega pixel camera that fitted into my pocket. In fact that little camera was responsible in re-awakening my interest in photography. Looking back to 2005 images I rediscovered a set taken on the Wednesday 5th October 2005 during a lunchtime stroll along the river Almond (Now Almondale Park. Looking at the images I realised that the landscape then was a lot different as were the amenities. Under the Livingston Development Corporation (LDC) the town was developed in stages. The riverside was retained as natural as possible with an open air bandstand/Antitheater, Pitch & Putt course (Now the site of the Civic Centre). Walkways, seats placed alongside the river. In 2005 a lot of the sites were dilapidated and in need of restoration/replacement.
However, the walk along the river was a pleasant walk on a nice with plenty to see if one looked carefully. I found to my pleasure that Susan like to listen to the birdsongs, and nature watch We were slowly finding out that we did have a lot in common as well has having different interests from each other.
Being Autumn the foliage was autumnal in colour, gold, bronze and the birds were singing or even trilling their songs. Squirrels were dashing up and down trunks, scampering along branches looking for nuts etc to take to their store for the oncoming winter. I found on these walks that Susan loved nature in all its forms, she was perfectly happy to sit and just listen to the sounds that surrounded us.
During good weather days we would take many walks along side the river Almond and the many country parks surrounding Livingston over the 14 years we were together. Our last trip was on the 14th June 2019 when we went to look at the changes made to the old weir at the road bridge on the B7015 Calder Road. They had made changes to reduce the force of the water flow from the weir and creat salmon ladders and pools to allow salmon to get up river. We had seen the Almond change from a dirty, frothy, contaminated river to a cleaner river that salmon had returned to. That was just the latest change we had witnessed over the 14 years.