Wee Bru visits London, Again!

A wee while ago, in fact, a few wee months ago, I went to that big city, London again. My second visit in as many years. It was terrific. I saw more sights and had my picture taken all over the place. My favourite was Tate Modern and South Bank. They were busy and thriving and the weather was brilliant too. I really was a lucky Wee Bru to have gone when I did. My companion took me to loads of new places and together we had a ball.

Here’s some photos for you. I hope you like them.

Visiting William Shakespeare, he wasn't it

What a view eh? I was a lucky Wee Bru to have such great weather

Tate Modern. One of my favourite buildings. Certainly not Wee :)

Tate Modern, one of my favourite places. Certainly not Wee!

The Sunflower Seeds in Turbine Hall. Amazing sight.

London Bridge. Just like the nursery rhyme.

London Bridge itself. It's a giant structure.

Relaxing in my bed after a full on 2 days of sightseeing in London

Wee Bru loves London. Does London love Wee Bru? I hope so. Can’t wait for my next visit. But for now, heading off to dream of new adventures.

More adventures will be here on my online home in a few days. They’re awesome. Remember to head on over to Facebook and ‘like’ my Wee page.

Thank you friends

Wee Bru :)

 

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The Mighty Wallace!

The sun seems to have popped his head form out behind those grey, wispy low clouds this past couple of days and yesterday and today have seen the bluest skies for a while.  My feet were starting to get itchy not having been on a mini adventure for a wee while so off I popped to a local hot spot to see this mighty giant they call Wallace… Wallace Monument.  It was late on when i set out but i made my way up the track to the monument itself to catch the great views to the North and Crianlarich hills, to the West and the Trossachs and to the East and Ochils and very much in the distance Knockhill.  The views are awesome and if you get them on a good day at the right time you can see some wonderful sights watching the colours of the sky change.

There’s been a new path made alongside the original path up to the Monument itself.  There’s the one the wee mini bus drives the lazy locals and tourists up and there’s a new gently sloping path that is for walking up only.  I chose the steeper mini bus route then into the trees near the top gave a little respite from the unusually hot sun. This is when i finally caught sight of the mighty beast that is the Wallace Monument. And boy is it a big one!!!!

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I made my way up and then finally to the flat area in front of the monument where the benches are to sit and watch the views come and go as the light changes.  This was a good day and a great time to be visiting.  It was after closing time so not many people about except a few Americans and other people who were so obviusly tourists.  The views.  Well they didn’t disappoint and the hills appeared to be closer than they were the last time i visited here.  They were a blue grey colour in the not too distant horizon and you could easily pick them out.  Ben Lomond, The Cobbler, Ben Ime… then further along were Ben Venue, Ben Ledi, Stob Binnein, Ben More and finally Stuc a Chroin and Ben Vorlich up by Lochearnhead.

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Yeah they were looking lovely today.  Bet they were mobbed.  After sitting for a while taking in the vista i turned my attention on the beast behind me!!!  It is MAHOOSIVE!!!!!  no word of a lie!

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People were staring at me… but i think it was because they were thinking “Jee whizz that Wee Bru is tiny compared to that big monument”  i could tell…  I larked aroudn for a wee while and then headed off back down the track and home… but not before more photies.  Hope you all like them.

Wee Bru :o)

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And finally…  a great trio of hills… you can even see those ridges on the back end of Ben Lomond! – look closer…

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A84, A85, A82 Roadtrip

I wasn’t sure where I was going when I set out this morning but it ended up being Northwards, to an amazingly beautiful place.  First it was through Callander – home to an old friend but i’m not sure if she still lives there.  Then it was past the big highland cow at Kilmahog – it wasn’t out in the rain today though.  Yes it was raining but the sun did peek through the clouds every now and again.  I was the passenger on this adventure as ever.  I headed up the A82 not quite knowing where the final destination would be but i kinda liked it that way.  Crianlarich brought heavy showers and a slow slow driver but that car was soon overtaken on a clear bit of road.  Passed by Tyndrum, then Bridge of Orchy and Rannoch Moor then finally stopped at the turn off left into Glen Etive beneath the massive mighty mound that is Buachaille Etive Mòr.  It really was magnificent.  It was covered with a light wispy layer of cloud though but mr sunshine did manage to break through a few times.

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We hung around here for a good few minutes to get some snapshots.  It was good just sitting here watching the world and the views go by.  Such an amazing place even today when the views weren’t so prominent but you just get that sense that this here is a magical place – at any time of the year.  I hope Ange brings me here more often.  Perhaps to climb a mountain or two.

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The heather was looking to be really purple just now and there wasn’t a hint of snow on the tops yet!  May not be too far away now though.  This is the view towards Glencoe.  The sun was catching the mountainsides and making the greens appear like emerald velvet carpeting.  Fantastical!

Sadly it was time we headed back down the road and we stopped at the roadside cafe high up on the corner of a hill where you get greats views of Loch Tulla (yeah i’d never heard of that one before either) and the A82 winding it’s way through the mountains and hills of the greatest place on earth – Scotland.

Further down the road the views and sights were too good to miss so we pulled over at the side of the road and took some more pics.  It really was brilliant.  I love the mountains!!

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After a comfort break at Tyndrum we were back in Stirling by 5.30pm and it was another grand adventure in my journey to all sorts of places.  I wonder when my next one will be?  That’ll be up to A but i hope it’s soon!!  It’s exciting…

Wee Bru :o)

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Next up on my summer tour was a trip to London.  We were off to see Ruth and Kate from the trek.  It was exciting and we set off for Glasgow on the train from Stirling.  We had an hour to spare between arriving in Glasgow Queen Street and leaving from Glasgow Central so when a text came through to meet a friend for a cuppa we were glad.

We set off from Glasgow at quarter to 2pm and made our way down the counrty on a Virgin tilting train.  Oaft it was making me feel a bit queezy but it was fast and we arrived in London at 6pm on a Friday evening – RUSH HOUR!!  Ruth was there to meet us and after another hour on various tube trains we were at her flat in Putney.  It was lovely.

Saturday morning we all headed out sightseeing and made our way to the South Bank – home of the London Eye and Tate Modern.  A loves art so we took some great photos of me there.  There were a few strange looks from people but who cares.  I was making my own art!  What do you think?

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I particularly love this picture of me in front of Tate Modern.  It really was a massively tall building.  The art inside that we saw was amazing too.  We crossed the Thames over the Millennium Bridge and made our way to St Pauls Cathedral and then to Trafalgar Square.  There was a woman on the Fourth Plinth making bubbles!!  I’d wanted to go on the Fourth Plinth and just stand there but i was too late applying for it.  I got my picture taken with Nelson – I wonder of he liked Irn Bru?  Or if anyone else in the crowds here did?…

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The next day we went down to the Palace… yes, Buckingham Palace, but the Queen wasn’t in.  She was probably back in the homeland (Scotland) at her summer retreat at Balmoral.  The palace is huuuuuge!! and the place was buzzing with people taking pictures, chitter chattering away in a hundred different languages and here we were, laying in the red tarmac in front of the palace taking photies, making art.  There were a few other Scots around too, Rangers were playing Arsenal at the Emirates – luckily they didn’t spy us, we hid from them, ha ha!!

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Anyway after a long day out on Sunday we relaxed at the cinema where A drank… wait for it… Pepsi – yuck!!!  It was all they had that she “liked”.  Monday morning at 9am we said our goodbyes to Ruth, who’d been a great host, at Kings Cross station and headed back up the road.  We could see the landscape change as we headed up the road and it ws nice to see some hilly landscapes again.  We missed it a lot.

It had been a fantastical weekend in London and I’m glad A took me along to share it with her.  I can tell we’re going to have some great adventures together and well… we kinda wondered if any of you would like to join us??  Let me know folks.

Wee Bru  :o)