Sunday, August 16, 2009

Malcolm and Percy do Scotland (and a bit of London)

Sorry for the delay in posting this - seems the project is a bit jinxed when it comes to technology. Aaaaaanyway! Without further ado, here's a wee rundown of Malcolm and Percy's (second) trip to Scotland.

Malcolm and Percy arrived just in time for us to hit the road to our little holiday cottage on the Crinan Canal in Argyle. Unfortunately, there'd been an accident on the main road there so we ended up having to take a more elaborate route via the Gourock-Dunoon ferry - along with everyone else that needed to circumnavigate the blocked road! So we had to watch two ferries go off without us while we were queueing.

Watching the ferry leave without us...

But at least we had company in the car! I had Merlin the dog at my feet, Malcolm on my lap and a very put out cat not able to sit in her usual spot (on me!). Plus, we had two bikes in the boot!

Getting a bit tight for space!

But everything was fine once we got to the other end. The next day, we went to the Tarbert Seafood Festival, where we saw some sea creatures:

Investigating the local seafood

And an amazing bike display:

Watching the bike demo

And Malcolm met the bike team, including YouTube celebrity DannyMacAskill:

Meeting some celebrities

(Who were a really lovely bunch and didn't run away from the weird lady waving a hedgehog at them. Bless!)

Malcolm was getting a bit tired by then, so he caught a ride in my backpack:
Catching a ride

The next day, we headed off to look at wooden boats at the Crinan Classic:

At the Crinan Classic

And watched the world go by:

Watching the boats come in after a race

Followed by a bit more chilling at the cottage, watching the boats go by on the canal:

Chilling on the porch

Of course, I had to show Malcolm the canal itself and teach him how the locks work.

Investigating the locks

We had a double-whammy of culture back on Glasgow! Percy came along to a classical concert at the Royal Concert Hall:

Waiting for the concert to begin

And Malcolm braved the Scottish weather to risk some outdoor theatre:

Malcolm at the theatre

Both of them had a fab time at my knitting group, too!

With my knitting group!

And then we went off to London for a weekend. Malcolm had a wee glass of wine and watched the planes:

Malcolm at the airport

And made some friends once we got to London:

Making friends

I think he quite enjoyed the main event, even though he didn't get to go on the plinth himself! But you can see him get a wave from Michael here. And there was much photographing!

Having his picture taken

(In case anyone's worried: we didn't lose the wee postcard, but removed it for safe keeping while we were in the Big Smoke!)

Most importantly, we did the proper touristy things....such as Westminster:

Westminster + Malcolm

And, errrr.....iKnit:


And after that exhausting trip, Malcolm and Percy caught the post to Italy, where I hope they're having a drier time than we had over here! I've just realised I seem to be missing some photos, too. I'll have a dig around for them and pop them up once I've tracked them down! It was a pleasure hosting the two of them and there are more photos on my Flickr page that you can look at by clicking through any of the photos above. I hope!



  1. And I've just noticed that the blog seems to cut off the right side of landscape shots, so you'll have to click through to the originals to see them in their full glory!

  2. Great photos and commentary! Looks like they enjoyed themselves! :)

  3. Hi

    These are just great. You really gave them a good time.