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United Kingdom : Scotland

4.5 km (2.8 miles) WNW of Haggs (Falkirk), North Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
Approx. altitude: 183 m (600 ft)
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Antipode: 56°S 176°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: General view #3: Drier than last time #4: It's my field! #5: Stay away from these #6: I was there #7: Height data #8: New life & the old #9: There's a stile here somewhere #10: Stream bed #11: Drainage #12: Deep water gouge

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#1: E-S-W from the CP

(visited by Gordon Spence)

05-Jul-2010 --

Harold Machan Spence

I didn't really expect to be back here quite so soon after my last visit which was just 77 days ago, especially considering it is around 400 miles from home.

Finding myself in Scotland (home) again I had considered a revisit to 56N-05W which I haven't been to since 2004. That though is a detour of some 112 miles each way and I don't have that much time to spare today.

I have an important dinner date - at my parent's house who I haven't seen for 14 years. A quick cast around and I know that I will pass within 4 miles of this spot and I need to get some peace & quiet today just to ponder life.

Park up at the usual and wander along the path. I am often asked why bother going back to places you've been to before. My answer is always "things change". Take the stile for instance. I've already shown how it changed from Oct 2002 to Apr 2010. Well it's changed again.

They obviously get a lot of rain here, just before you get to the stile there is a water run off and the path has pipes running under it. The hole gouged out indicates how wet it gets. Reminds me very much of 30N-99W, but without the funny police car.

I make my way to the spot, avoiding the pasture where the cows are with their young calves - not a good idea to be in there with them. Past this guardian of the point, and up to where there is a solitary flower growing from the old tree. Cycle of Life.

I take the required pictures, no N,S,E,W shots this time, the Panorama and the two general views suffice.

I then sit on a branch of the old tree and just take time to reflect on life in general and how things can very quickly change.

So why am I back in Scotland so soon? My uncle Harry died last week very suddenly on 30th June 2010, he was just 76 years old. Today was his funeral and that's his name at the top of the page.


 All pictures
#1: E-S-W from the CP
#2: General view
#3: Drier than last time
#4: It's my field!
#5: Stay away from these
#6: I was there
#7: Height data
#8: New life & the old
#9: There's a stile here somewhere
#10: Stream bed
#11: Drainage
#12: Deep water gouge
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