Last weekend we went up to our cottage in Scotland and on the Saturday after a morning of jobs we decided to drive into the local town for the afternoon to do some shopping and browsing in the local shops. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we stopped to have a walk down by the harbour. As it is half term in Scotland the ‘shows’ as they are called were visiting Stranraer and with camera in hand we wandered around as the stall holders were preparing for the evening ahead when the fairground would become alive with music and lights and excitement.
It is a long time since I have been to a fair and I noticed a few significant changes, like the candy floss being encased in plastic wrappers rather than bobbing about freely on sticks; the goldfish imprisoned in a makeshift plastic bag and dangling precariously from the stalls waiting to be claimed as a prize have now been replaced with soft cuddly toys of all shapes and sizes, some of them are unidentifiable but somehow are still a wanted prize for the ‘winner’ and of course the inflated prices of the rides, but on the whole the fair is just as I remember when I was young.
The interesting thing about this fair is that it is situated alonside the harbour and if you look closely at the photos above you will see I managed to get a few shots of the stalls and rides with the sea and yachts bobbing up and down in the background.
Back at the cottage…
The sea was very calm all weekend
There are still a few splashes of colour here and there
…our blue gate has had a fresh coat of paint ready for the winter…
and what is this…
…our scaffolding has arrived and is in place but we are a few slates short of a new roof at the moment. The slate we need like most slate in Britain now will be imported from Spain and the Spanish quarries are not able to send over the thinner slate for reasons only know unto them, so we are desperately trying different merchants to find some stock so our roofer can replace our roof!! Once the roof is done we can tackle our ramshackle porch if it doesn’t fall down this winter!