Autumn in the woods – Mixed media
Started this weeks ago. There are no leaves left now
West Ratho – Watercolour
Yesterday was bright and sunny and this shows a group of trees, at the end of the village, facing directly into the sun. We won’t see this sort of view much more as the sun continues to get lower and will soon be unable to visit this wood until spring comes around.
You cannot make this up! – Watercolour
The scene – shipbuilding on the River Clyde, Glasgow. This is one of two places where the UK government builds its warships. The other is in the south of England. Some cuts need to be make for the sake of economy but the government says each yard will remain open despite the “threat” of Scotland voting to become an independent country next year. The workforce, therefore, is to be trimmed in BOTH places. In the meantime these huge cranes, shown, which have been a skyline feature for many years are being dismantled. Mmmmmm!
Craigpark Quarry – Watercolour
This is a quick one for prosperity. The old quarry used to employ many from the village but has been run down for years. many plans were mooted to find a use for it including, horrors, a landfill site. Now it has been agreed that the area will be landscaped and houses be built in the grounds. Work started yesterday and the old metal buildings, shown here, are now removed. The work will take around 4 years – I wonder if Ill be here to see the thing finished
Start of Autumn – Watercolour and some ink
This was done around 7 weeks ago while the leaves were just beginning to turn. I should really do another to compare the two as there are few leaves left now.
Livingston from Calderwood Country Park – Watercolour
Although Calderwood Park has been joined to Almondell Park for many years it is being expanded westwards as reclaimed ground is being planted with trees. This area actually lies on a disused shale “bing”. Most of West Lothian used to be mined for oil bearing shale rocks and the spoil, known as “blae” was dumped in huge piles which have become local landmarks. Its good to see a use for these although experts reckon there is still a fair amount of oil left in the spoil. Who would bet against a renewed effort to recover this in the future as energy supplies become scarcer.