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underwater scotland

Planning a November visit to Scotland is dodgy at the best of times, but wouldn't you know it, we managed to hit it during one of the wettest weekends in recorded history. Here's Suzie the border terrier, sneezing on the swollen riverbank of the Bladnoch.

Before Angus met us in Dumfries to take us out to his farm, we had a little look at what the River Nith was getting up to. Scottish words such as dreich and drookit spring to mind.

Stuart and I were well impressed by Dumfries' selection of sandbags.

This pub's appropriately named 'The World's End'.

Moving on, here's a bleak looking view of the Isle of Whithorn. We mostly stayed in the pub.

Here's the place in Wigtown where some Covenanters were tied to a stake and left to a watery death.

More wetness along the riverbank.

Actually, we had a very good trip, despite all this. But it was great being able to cuddle up by the fire with some warm animals in the evenings (Suzie and Sweep). ...More on Scotland later, when we dry off a bit.


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Nov. 26th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
You were in Dumfries! I'm there right now - as I live there! I cross that suspension bridge pretty much every day. I live near the Nith - though on considerably higher ground thankfully.
Nov. 26th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
Oh wow! That's funny, we might have walked right by each other. You weren't one of the many guys out there with cameras?

I was laughing at all the people stepping over the 'closed bridge' ropes on the stone bridge until I heard some of these old bridges were collapsing. What a weekend.
Nov. 26th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
oh my.
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Nov. 26th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
At least with all that water, it's always very green! It was beautiful, just hard to go for very long walks when we were being rain-lashed and blown off our feet. But still a good trip, Scotland does 'cosy' better than anyone else, with well stocked tea trays and hot water bottles in the sheets.
Nov. 26th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Your photos are starkly beautiful and very expressive especially the 'what the heck am I doing here' look on Suzie's face.
In many ways water in winter can be equally if not more interesting than the sun in summer.
I'd love to hear more!
Maureen. www.thepizzagang.com
Nov. 26th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Thanks, Maureen! I'll try to post some more soon!
Nov. 26th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
...Oh, dear me, that's a lot of water.
Nov. 26th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
We spent a lot of time gaping at the amount of water in places water shouldn't be.
Nov. 26th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
I do like the house with sandbags in front of its gate - presumably the beech hedge will keep water out on either side?!?
Nov. 26th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Just noticed the low wall
Nov. 26th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes! But they've piled the sandbags much higher than the wall, not sure what the extra height in the centre is supposed to achieve... hmm.
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