1 EAGLETON NOTES: A Winter Canal Walk

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Sunday, 1 December 2019

A Winter Canal Walk

A month or so ago when I was down in Bishopbriggs we went for a walk alongside the canal. It was a driech morning. Yesterday we repeated the walk on a bitterly cold but beautifully sunny afternoon.

Berthed at The Stables pub in an iced-over canal
We walked under the bridge to the left of the photo and towards Kirkintilloch.

Pleasure cruise canal boats were operating.


Homeward bound into the setting sun

The reward back at The Stables.


40 comments:

  1. Oh Gosh. I can almost feel the cold from here. But so beautiful.

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    1. JayCee, it was bitterly cold. There was ice on the canal where the boats had not cleared it.

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  2. Love your photo of the tree reflected in the water at sunset.
    Is that icecream on your plate? As children, we always said we needed to eat cold things (icecream!) in cold weather so our insides would be the same temperature as the outside :))

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    1. Hi Margaret. Thank you. I rather liked that too. It is ice cream on my plate with a very moist chocolate brownie. It would have been too much for me but I managed it with Anna's help. I love your explanation of why you needed to eat ice cream in cold weather.

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    1. Oooof indeed, Andrea. I saw that one had fallen to a red dot. Well done. I like it too.

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  4. Oh wow. Absolutely beautiful! We had sunny and cold here too, yesterday - also with that touch of snow/frost. I did not have any such stunning sunset views, though! - Still cold today, but more cloudy.

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    1. Monica, it's strange because after two cloudless, windless, cold days this morning was warm and dreich again.

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  5. Looks wonderful, though very, very cold. I actually felt quite chilly and I'm sitting in a warm room - obviously I have a good imagination :) A delightful post, thank you Graham!

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  6. Oh, a new word - dreich! Just had to look it up and I do like it. Beautiful evening shots, Graham.

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    1. Pipistrello, the Scots and Gaelic languages are full of beautifully descriptive words like that.

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  7. Water, water...beautiful water! Contagious peace, calmness, stillness. :)

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    1. Lee, I would find it hard to live far away from water: the sea preferably, a lake next and so on. It was a very calm day with not a breath of air at all.

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  8. Along the canal with the barges! I've always wanted to have that adventure. That would be so relaxing to hear the sounds of birds.

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    1. Susan, I proposed to my wife on a canal barge over a mug of breakfast coffee. We always planned a barge holiday but it just never happened. I suppose for me there is still time. Who knows?

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  9. It looks like a very pleasant fall day. You ended the day with a great sunset shot.

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    1. It was an amazing fall day, Red. Thanks for the compliment.

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  10. The reflected tree is just my favourite!

    a random thought came to me: whats the dfference between a canal and a river?

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    1. That's nice to hear, Kylie. It's my favourite too. A canal is man made and a river is natural - as a general rule. I'm not sure there are any canals in either Australia or New Zealand. They were part of the industrial development of Britain in the 1700s.

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    2. Ah yes, of course.
      Off the top of my head we have the canals of the gold coast and Sylvania waters but they are different and at a guess, built on reclaimed land

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    3. Thanks for that Kylie. I didn't know anything about the canals of the Gold Coast. I've just been reading up on them. Fascinating. I've never been to the Gold Coast.

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  11. Good shots. I have never walked the Forth/Clyde canal but it looks worth a wander. I have been on the wheel which was okay if a little expensive.

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    1. It is worth a wander, Adrian. It's quite a vibrant canal. I've been to the Anderson Lift several times but never actually on it.

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  12. Now that is definitely my kind of walk! What beautiful photos. Doesn't everything look so much nicer on a bright sunny day even if icy cold? Gorgeous!

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    1. I'm sure, Serenata, that you would love it. There is so much going on in the trees and bushes adjacent as well.

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  13. It looks COLD but very beautiful, especially the next-to-last picture.

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    1. Meike, it was -2ºC. S my tiny hands were rather cold at the end of the three miles we walked even though I had warm leather gloves.

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  14. Beautuful photos. Canals like those are magical.

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  15. I love that you walk! You and Meike take me to such wonderful places on your walks. I lived 30 years in California where no one walks anywhere and I really appreciate your photos and descriptions.

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    1. A female friend of my parents went to California (San José) in the '60s for a while and could not believe that she wasn't allowed to walk anywhere. It's so odd for someone brought up in my era in this country.

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  16. Beautiful. There's nothing quite like that return to warmth at the end of a cold wintry walk.

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    1. Jules, I'm not a lover of the cold so a return to a nice warm environment is a big reward.

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  17. Did you and your lady companion sing "Walking In A Winter Wonderland" as you strolled along? Lovely pictures. The light at this time of year is so different from summertime light.

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    1. It will come as little surprise to you, YP, to learn that we did not sing any songs whatsoever. You are absolutely right about the light. I love it.

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  18. So beautiful but it made me shiver even on this warm day. There's something so soothing about still water.

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    1. Pauline, I love water be it still as in a canal or racing as in a waterfall but the canal definitely has a more restful quality.

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  19. It looks beautiful there with the ice and frost, can I swap with you it's way too hot here.

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    1. Amy, I'll usually swap the warmth for the cold but there is an 'unless' and that is unless the warmth is humid. I loved the heat of Hawkes Bay because it was generally a dry heat.

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