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Carry on Up the Access

08 Aug

As “The Tank” hurtled around the pristine cinder track I feared my immortal soul was in severe danger of being well and truly barbequed.  I was going to be late and God knows where I was going to park.  I was tempted, but I knew I was unlikely to find a suitable space in here…this was a “long stay” zone and (thankfully) I only needed a spot for a couple of hours.

A few minutes earlier I had stopped in a small access to allow J and M-I-L to disembark, J rushing back down the street to see if I could park in the turnoff we’d just passed.  It was obvious that this access wasn’t commonly used…or so I thought!

“Oh S***!”

A car pulled in behind me demanding to be let in and as a result was successfully blocking Mar Place, the main access road up to Stirling Castle – in the middle of the tourist season.  The ancient narrow streets on the approach to the castle were suddenly clogged with disgruntled…and most definitely stationary, visiting traffic.  I was left with no option but to carry on up the access which, much to my irritation, immediately deteriorated from tarmac road to small gravel track.  I checked the time and panic set in.  Down went the foot on the accelerator pedal.

I bumped over another slightly flattened slab in a deluge of cut flowers.  I appeared to be in a one way system…with no idea whether I was going the correct way.  Still there shouldn’t be the normal slow moving weekday traffic to contend with.  With no sign of either Hammond or May I reckoned I was well in front.  Gravel spinning from under the tyres I made a token gesture at avoiding the well manicured lawns.  Bloody stupid design for a road network.  Why had they not thought of designing for rallying 4x4s.

The track tightened as “The Tank” and I careered round a hairpin.  I still had 30 minutes left until the Bride arrived.  Mind you, if the posh car was trying to park up here as well…then I could have a couple of hours in hand.  Surely I could get out of here, find a parking space and rush back up to the church in time?

With a bit of luck things would become that wee bit easier…once I managed to find my way out of the cemetery.

Much calmer...much later...

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12 Comments

Posted by on August 8, 2010 in General Drivel

 

12 responses to “Carry on Up the Access

  1. Simon

    August 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. I need a lie down. I think that I’m developing asthma. Oh dear.

    I assume that the rush is the reason that you forget the pink diamente collar?

    J looks good. Like the hat.

    Oh dear.

     
  2. Tessa Park

    August 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    What’s the tartan? You both look very dapper 🙂

     
  3. fatdogwalks

    August 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    MrP…p-l-e-a-s-e…pink diamente with tartan?! 😆

    I will pass on your compliments to J…she was very pround of her hat 😀 . She did consider one like yours, but felt it was sooooo last year.

    Tessa – It’s the Anderson tartan (that’s my mum’s side of the family).

    I first wore that tartan for a wedding when I was about 3 years old (C1957). There was a child’s kilt in the family that was passed around all my mum’s cousins for the weans to wear. I was talking to one of my 3rd cousins (I think that’s the relationship) at my mum’s funeral a few years ago and apparently that kilt is still in existence! 😯

    I still have the kilt pin and the tie…just a wee bit too small for me now!

     
  4. Simon

    August 10, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I also had to wear a kilt at my aunt’s wedding when aged 5. Apparently it took 6 months of porridge for breakfast and tales of heroic highlanders to persuade me to wear a skirt for the day. Judging by the photos I was not a happy bunny.

     
  5. fatdogwalks

    August 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Photos please MrP…photos please… 😀

     
  6. Linda

    August 10, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Hehehehe I agree Ken, photos of Simon please! Although I bet there may be one of you at three years old wearing the family kilt 😀

    J’s dress and hat are lovely and you look very resplendent in your kilt.

     
  7. Alex

    August 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Very smart looking indeed.Pity you are standing beside her though 🙂
    My grandfather made my kilt when I was about 5 years of age.I keep meaning to send it out to my relations in Canada to be handed on but every time I check the postage I change my mind for some strange reason….

     
  8. Tessa Park

    August 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    There are Andersons on Stuart’s mum’s side of the family. There is a cracking picture of him in a kilt aged 3. Not an Anderson one though. Very cute 😆

     
  9. fatdogwalks

    August 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Sorry to disappoint you Linda but I don’t think there is one 😦 that I know of. I do notice however that MrP has been very quiet since we brought up the subject of photos 😀

    She said the same Alex 😦 .

    There are lots of “Sons of Andrew” everywhere Tessa. My lot came from north of Montrose – at least as far back as the late 1600’s. Do you know where Stuart’s Andersons came from?

     
  10. Irene

    August 15, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    What a lovely photo of you and your wife. Looking good in the kilt, Ken!

     
  11. fatdogwalks

    August 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks Irene 😀 .

    Still fits after 5 years 😆 – mind you the straps are on the last set of holes…I think a bit of weight loss might be in order.

     

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