Dressing for the occasion

Being an ardent people watcher, I’ve always found what folk wear to events quite fascinating.

Mostly when working, I dressed as smart casual, usually because, with heavy bags and two or three metal cases full of necessary picture taking tools, I needed to be comfortable. If it was a fairly formal occasion I occasionally wore a morning suit with tie, just to blend in.

On black tie evening functions if I was photographing some VIP’s or Royals, I even went as far as hiring a formal dinner suit, although quite honestly these are bloody uncomfortable to work in especially with three Nikon SLR’s & flashguns around your neck!

These two pics were done during a local afternoon event I’d been asked to photograph when I went out for a bit of fresh air during a break in the proceedings. I found the contrasting dress styles quite amusing.




Easter Monday 2016

A quick walk along the river beside the Lower Green this evening after getting home from work.

Temperature still around 7°C with occasional rain showers and sunshine. Clocks have gone one hour forward (GMT+1)  as of midnight Saturday 26th March and schoolkids are on easter holidays. No daffodils in  bloom as yet. Spring, in the true sense, isn’t far away though! These pics done using the utterly brilliant little Nikon Coolpix S7000 compact.



Would be better snapped in morning light but…Olde Toll Teahouse coffee shop and restaurant & St Andrew’s Church – Main Street



Winter 2010-2011

Between 26th December 2009 and into the early new year to 2nd January 2010 there were significant falls of snow – at least for this part of southern Scotland.

A series of very low night-time temperatures followed, alternating with slightly milder weather during daylight hours.

Large icicles proliferated on houses with the repeated melting and freezing, and the main A702 road between Biggar and Edinburgh running through West Linton was closed for almost 24 hours.

Brown bears aren’t indiginous to this part of the world but a bit of PhotoShop fun seemed quite appropriate at the time.
Looking across the River Lyne to St Andrew’s church hall from Chapel Brae



A former gamekeeper on a nearby estate, Murdo was a larger than life character and fondly remembered by many. Originally from Perthshire, he lived and worked locally near West Linton for several years. Murdo greatly enjoyed his work out on the hills as well as the craic back down in the village pubs.

One Sunday afternoon when I was busy doing some photographs for another project, Murdo knocked on the door (having had a dram or two) and eventually agreed to sit for a quick picture. He moved away and back home to Perthshire a few years ago and thence not long afterwards up to the great estate in the sky!

Murdo was good convivial company, enjoyed the occasional cigar and had a vast repertoire of very funny stories. Pleased to remember him here with this pic.



Scottish motor car pioneer

Not far from the main street in West Linton, this blue plaque on a wall near the Lower Green is self-explanatory.

From Wikipedia: Arrol-Johnston (later known as Arrol-Aster) was an early Scottish manufacturer of automobiles, which operated from 1896 to 1931 and produced the first automobile manufactured in Britain.


1902 dog cart which remains in the ownership of the family of the original purchaser. (Wikipedia creative commons license)

Whipman 2003

May 2003 and a conversation in the pub one evening with the new Whipman elect’s dad. ‘How about taking a few photies of the laddie on the Saturday rideout?’ he asked. As it happened, I was at home on the day and having known Ian for nearly 18 years by then, was happy to do a few snaps and pass on a set of prints.

Weather was fair at first; then rain. There’s nowt worse than having to wipe raindrops off the front of a lens every few seconds – you miss pictures! It cleared up soon after though to reasonably grey overcast.



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The former Raemartin Hotel in Raemartin Square used to be a favourite West Linton local before its conversion to a private house & flats. The bar was upstairs and gave a cracking view down the Main Street. It was a really friendly, happy place. Many folk who remember it still miss it.

There was a large function room downstairs which was used for a variety of enjoyable events. Below is a lovely old floor mosaic which I’d like to think was somehow preserved.


The purpose of the group picture in the Raemartin Bar below escapes me – there are no notes with the negatives. Probably done around 1990 or 1991. The window on the right looks out onto the Main Street and Cameron Square.