Our son George was working as a volunteer at the Buddhist Centre for World Peace and Health
on Holy Isle which is a small island off Arran, a larger island in the Firth of Clyde. We went to visit him there.
Euston to Glasgow
The white gable-end about a quarter way in from the left is 66 Sedbergh Road, Kendal and in it is the window of the bedroom that Roger had as a child. I remember watching heavy goods trains hauled by two steam locomotives with a third, "banking engine" pushing at the rear. The banking engine would then come back light to Oxenholme where it was stationed.
This was taken on the return journey. I thought I might have better luck because the train was slowing (a bit) to stop at Oxenholme. I think I have managed to get No. 66 exactly behind the tree on the left.
These two were taken on a later visit to Kendal by road
General view of Kendal from the train
Ardrossan to Brodick
Looking back to Ardrossan
MV Caledonian Isles
is one of the largest vessels in the Caledonian MacBrayne fleet. Confusingly they also have MV Isle of Arran
but that operates the Kennacraig to Islay route.
Madeira (top), the Isle of Wight and Arran (bottom) shown on the same scale. (Shameless rip-off from Google maps.)
See our holiday snaps of Madeira
Hunterston Nuclear Power Station
From the dining room window of Dunvegan House
where we stayed overnight. Note the palm trees - this coast is warmed by the Gulkf Stream drift
Bus trip round Arran
"The South" (see later). Former lighthouse keepers' cottages and the inner lighthouse
Ferry to Holy Isle
They took us to this floating jetty at the fish farm south of Lamlash. While we were waiting all the other passengers retreated to solid land for some reason but Lesley and I were perfectly happy rocking gently.
Pictures taken by George and others at other times
Not my photo - follow link in right hand half of thumbnail.
Solitary meditation is nothing new on Holy Isle. This is the cave where Saint Molaise
lived circa 600 CE. The Gaelic name for the island is Eilean MoLaise
- Molaise Island.
The east Lighthouse
William Holman Hunt went to the Holy Land and painted this, The Scapegoat
beside the Dead Sea. He could have come to Holy Isle instead - even the bones could be found - see above.
Shrine room in upper part of the boathouse. Not my photo - follow link in right hand half of thumbnail.
Crazy golf in Shore Road. If you follow the line of the Forth Railway Bridge to the horizon, you can just see a dot which is Hunterston Nuclear Power Station
. I thought this would go nicely on Geograph but unfortunately they have …
Taken on the morning after Hogmanay so what do you expect? Not my photo - follow link in right hand half of thumbnail.
note the Celtic Tiger on the hoarding on the left
The bloke on the right bears a remarkable resemblance to Roger
Oscar, German Shepherd, 12 years old
Elfie, Lurcher. 6 years old
Roger and Lesley's visit
Sherab Palden Beru, known around the monastery as Uncle Sherab. Obituary
on the Samye Ling website and Sherab Palden Beru
The real Samye Ling
(This image ripped off from the Samye Ling website - hence only thumbnail available.) Description
. In summer it is on dry land. See also this video
shot in winter.
When the monastery was starting, I think they must have asked visitors please bring your own crockery and cutlery and donate them to us. They have a wonderfully diverse collection.
Mossburn Animal Centre
Port Logan Fish Pond
The only connection with Samye Ling is that it is in the same county
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