Saturday, 9 January 2016
I strolled along the murky river bank this lunchtime thinking it would make a change from the usual route. Recently the council have upgraded the are with tarmac pathways and landscaping the grasslands however as I came in from the far side I noticed they had stopped half way! What was the point of that? Halfway down there is a small weir and from then on there is just a dirt path. As it has been raining for yonks this is a near impassible swamp in places and muggings was trying to slither through here. My opinion of the council varied with each slide into the mud.
The sign at the bridge warning of either danger or punishment for playing or drowning in the river has as yet not had itself renovated. Possibly the cash ran out just as they reached the weir and so it has been left to a later years budget. Under this Tory government and Tory council it will be put back more than ever now.
Note the sludge like effect of the rain on the water. So much has slipped into the river with all this rain, the banks are eroding and the weight of water is rushing through at places tearing the banks down as it passes. This is a small river just imagine what is happening elsewhere?
The locals are car lovers in these parts however I am not so sure about the owner of either of these two. As I recall they were standing there when I delivered up this road many moons ago and now with new houses built next door they appear to possess this small plot of land all to themselves. Maybe someone lives within? I should have knocked. However it may be the owner is spending some time at Her Majesty's Pleasure in one of those ageing prisons that are so overcrowded we often release murderous thugs early from their sentences. Possibly they will return one day and be somewhat surprised that nobody has put some sort of ticket upon them. These are not the only hulks slowly falling apart, and I don't mean me either. When I think of it a trip to the inlets where yachts are stored usually reveals several eroding away and one or two well under the water. Maybe this chap owns a rusting boat also?
The possibility of improving this are to make it an attractive spot in summer will probably never happen while we suffer under George Osborne's 'austerity.' However even if money was spent the place might still be a wee bit rough. People pass through from the town to the dwellings on the south side and while dog walkers and eejits with cameras may find pleasure in this it might take a lot more work to make this wee part of the town acceptable to all. I think it may be worth it in the long run.
My day was excellent and this was topped of by watching the Heart of Midlothian defeat the miserable Aberdeen by one goal to nil in the Scottish Cup. The arrogance of the Dons in thinking they are bigger club than the Heart of Midlothian! This was shown today when the one goal ought to have been joined by seven or eight more. Onwards to the next round and dubious refereeing from the Glasgow mob.