I have a fairly decent view from my office window. In the background I can see the Ochil hills and the hills around Callander, the latter being some 30 miles away. Unfortunately the foreground comprises the Langlees area of Falkirk which is somewhat less scenic. It does however have “character” usually in the form of goings-on you might not normally come across elsewhere.
The heavy snow has produced a couple of unexpected photo opportunities. Armed with my Nokia X6 (mobile phone), I took a couple of snaps from my desk in the office. Sadly I have to shoot through the glass as safety catches have been fitted, one assumes to prevent employee suicide bids. Personally I’m aiming for early retirement.
Here’s the view to the Ochils on a good day.
Some said they were guilty individuals serving community sentences, some said they were bin men press-ganged into snow clearance…we know them as “the men using placards for shovels”. They arrived yesterday afternoon at the school opposite with their makeshift shovels and cleared the paths of snow….chain gang fashion. This generally involved the front 2 doing the work and the others…not.
We started making a list of all those we’d like to see doing this community work…the unemployed in receipt of dole money, the benefit cheats, politicians, bankers…oh yes…especially bankers.
The next photo was a bit of a mystery. We noticed a woman dragging what appeared to be a dead Christmas tree along the footpath. Was it the centrepiece of a cut price Christmas? Was she clearing the footpath? Was she trying to wipe away her tracks having raided the local Co-op for Buckfast? We never did reach a conclusion.