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  1. Morning all!

2. Bridge over the Atlantic. Beats Boris’s bridge to Ireland.

3. Family life.

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4. Ulan Bator.

5. So this is what the showers is like?

6. Marsh Orchids.

7. We’re twins.

8. Munguin’s Montana Reubens.

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9. Don’t splash any mud, right?

10. Danish gardens.

11. I got my eye on you!

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12. Greenland Musk Ox.

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13. What d’ya mean “here kitty”? I’ll “here kitty” ya!

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14. Are you stalking me?

15. La la la la… Just doing my scales.

16. Someone’s got a monkey puzzle tree in their garden… any guesses, and no, it’s not Munguin.

17. пеперуда (peperuda) butterfly from Bulgaria.

18. OK, this one is taken on the Crinan Canal at Crinan by someone in a Hillman Imp!!! Look at that puffer.

19. Yavornishki Waterfall in Bulgaria. Munguin has decided we are going when, eventually, it is totally safe to plane travel!

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20. What do you mean can you have a bite. Most certainly NOT.

Thanks today to Munguin for being Munguin. But also to John, to Derek and to Dave (and his Hillman Imp!)

45 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

      1. You’re right, Don Don. The Vital Spark – TV version – is indeed at Inverary, appropriately enough as it was the scene of many adventures for skipper Para and his crew. It’s also the home town of author Neil Munro. There’s a monumnet to him six miles out of town above the A819 about two miles south of Cladich. His mother was born on a nearby croft and he spent much of his childhood there, hence the location and not within Inverary itself.

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  1. I think the boat shown is VIC (Victualling Inshore Craft) 32 which was actually built in Yorkshire but to the classic design of a Clyde puffer. VICs were built at various British yards, including Belfast, during the war as there was so much building/repair work on the Clyde at the time. Still, a fine wee craft. The ‘smertest boat in the tred’ was at Inveraray when I last saw her too. Her real name wasn’t, of course, “Vital Spark”. If memory serves she was “Eilean Easdal”.

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    1. Thanks, Andi. I was trying to remember the name – Easdale Island as it easily translates. Inveraray is always a pit-stop on the way north from Glasgow and a walk along the waterfront and the pier is a must-do, as well as a nostalgic pint at the George Hotel. It also brings to mind yesterday’s comments on petrol stations and their increasing scarcity. A hire car in Glasgow was one of these that came with the tank ‘as is’ and your returned at the same level.

      Naturally, I’d forgotten about that and we were past arrochar and heading for the Rest and be Thankful when the RS asked “What’s tht red light on the dashboard?” Oh shit, it’s the fuel gauge. Now I remember. No chance of petrol till Inveraray, so switch off on downhill runs, fire up again while still momentum for tackling another climb. Made it to Inveraray, but… ‘Closed from 6pm’ sign at the pumps. Oh shit! Doubled and redoubled.

      No pier walk or pint stop this time. Cold or semi-cold start will just gobble what ever petrol left. Nothing now till Loch Awe-side – how much does this Opel Astra red light have in reserve, and if not then what? With RS imprecations ringing in my ears for being such a careless idiot and failing to check dashboard while still in civilisation and not my misbegotten back-of-beyond Teuchterdom, we somehow limped to Loch Awe – and big phew! to go with big fill. Diesel was still OK back then, and the Astra was very fuel efficient. Car hire now almost always come with ‘full tank, return full’ policy but I still check, just in case.

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      1. “Eilean Easdal” neatly links to the photo of the Bridge over the Atlantic which you have to cross to get to Easdale.


  2. Mention of the Hillman Imp gave me an eerie feeling. I think it was the Hillman part of the name because Gail Tilsley’s gentleman friend who tried to muster Emily Bishop and Norris was called Hillman.
    I’m a nervous wreck thinking about it.

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      1. They lived in Weatherfield and Hillman put his neighbours through a living hell in pursuit of his murderous desires.
        I am thankful never to have lived there.

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  3. #10 is interesting, but looks strange. So do the Danes live on elliptical plots of land encircled by walls of greenery? And since circles and ellipses don’t really fit together, who owns the green spaces between them. And what are those spaces used for? And who cuts the grass between the round places? I’m wondering if anyone has really thought out this Danish garden thing.

    Google was not really very helpful. A lot of the usual stuff about how clean and efficient everything is in Scandinavia, unlike the USA for example. Well, at least in the USA, the plots of land fit together. 😉

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      1. Tatu: Wow! The wedge shape seems even stranger!

        I’m not getting any really relevant Google hits. I’m thinking maybe there are better search words than “Danish Garden.” Maybe there’s another term.

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      2. Tatu……Those single family circles are also in Copenhagen. Probably more pricey than the wedges. 😉

        “The Naerum suburban district of Copenhagen, in Denmark, is home to one of the most visually appealing allotment gardens in the world – the “round gardens”, which are actually oval.
        Søren Carl Theodor Marius Sørensen is considered one of the greatest landscape architects to have ever lived, and the oval gardens of Naerum are one of his most famous projects.”

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      1. LOL Alan……Maybe hexagons are especially bee friendly. 😉
        At least hexagons fit together better than ellipses or circles. I’m still worried about who cuts the extra grass in geometrical living.

        And since curves cost cash, think of maintaining all those circular hedges. 😉

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      2. It looks good.

        As for curves costing cash, I can definitely see that, but I don;t think that the Danes worry too much about money, not having nukes and wars to deal with, and hopefully not have people in government who manage to swindle the country out of billions to buy their friends multiple yachts.

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    1. LOL.

      Apparently they did it so that people could grow their hedges to the height THEY wanted without it impinging n their neighbours’ properties.

      We have a lot of problems here with people who plant a hedge and let it grow out of control, blotting out the sun from other people’s gardens.

      Of course the grass is public grass and as such cut by the local authority, as grass is here on verges and central reservations.

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      1. The private hedge height sounds like a good idea…..weirdly circular though they may be. In America vegetation on adjoining property occasionally leads to disputes and the occasional gun play. 😉

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      1. greig……LOL! Yes, although the land disputes don’t happen quite as often as they did back in the cattlemen-sodbuster wars of the old west. 😉

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  4. Well those were most life affirming indeed. I commend Munguin on his clematis. The peacock was stunning. I’m so used to seeing multicoloured ones. How does he keep them clean?

    Gorgeous baby ely, and loved the Twins I’ve called Arnie and Danny (after the film!). A very inspiring selection.

    And speaking of Denmark, a speedy recovery to Christian Eriksen who collapsed yesterday during the Denmark Finland Euro 2020 game.

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    1. Yes, first of all Munguin sends his very best wishes to Mr Eriksen. What a horrific thing to happen. God bedring!

      Keeping feathers clean doesn’t concert the peacock. He has a factotum for that kind of thing as do mos sensible animals


  5. I have a couple of pics which I took of the Vital Spark around 15 years ago,berthed at Crinan.
    Think the people who owned her,may have moved it to Inveraray afterwards.
    I also have a DVD of the original Maggie film on which the Vital Spark series was based.
    Halcyon days.

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  6. Thanks to John Greive

    Oh! The Crinan Canal for me,
    I don’t like the wild raging sea,
    It would be too terrific to cross the Pacific,
    Or sail to Japan or Fiji.
    A life on the Spanish Main,
    I think it would drive me insane,
    The big foaming breakers would give me the shakers,
    The Crinan Canal for me.

    Oh! The Crinan Canal for me,
    I don’t like the wild raging sea,
    The big foaming breakers would give me the shakers,
    The Crinan Canal for me.

    It’s the Crinan Canal for me,
    From sea terrors there you are free,
    There’s no shark or whale that would make you turn pale,
    Or shiver or shake at the knee.
    I would nae like leavin’ ma bones,
    In a locker beside Davy Jones,
    From Ardrishaig to Crinan’s the best trip A’hve bin in,
    The Crinan Canal for me.


    Aye the Crinan Canal for me,
    It’s neither too big nor too wee,
    Oh! It’s lovely and calm when you’re frying your ham,
    Or makin’ a nice cup of tea.
    You can go for a stroll on its banks,
    To loosen your muscle bound shanks,
    You can darn your socks while you’re still in its locks,
    The Crinan Canal for me.


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    1. That brought back the tune and it became an earworm stuck in my head for hours. Dare not read it again for fear of relapse.

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