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Abbey Road? or Glebe Street?

H2o

Considering the ambient conditions in these parts, the contents of this morning’s post were somehow apt:

Raintown

This was the scene in Glasgow Road Dumbarton this evening

Fancy a drop at the Stag's Head?

And this is Gilbert Lawrie, Chief Executive at Dumbarton FC.

He’s trapped there – possibly overnight!

Send beer!

Do you think we'd better have a pitch inspection?

Drymen Bridge

This is Drymen Bridge

It has spanned the River Endrick near Drymen for decades, possibly centuries.

Nothing particularly remarkable about it although it is quite an attractive Scottish stone bridge and carries the A811, the main road from Dumbarton/Balloch to Stirling, over the river.

It was made a listed building in 1973.

This morning it was washed away by the torrential rain we have had in west central Scotland.

Such was the travel disruption on local routes that Eve and her mum were at Carlisle whilst our journey home by train from Glasgow was terminated at Dalmuir because of the flooding.

A combination of a service bus, a mile walk (circumventing floods in Dumbarton) and a further train got us back eventually.

Edit – OK I got it wrong. I went by early news reports by local agencies who reported that the bridge had been destroyed. Apparently it is damaged but repairable. The road was open today so the bridge must be at least part usable. Sorry for the wrang infae

At long last…..

I wrote about my daughter’s visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and the reasons for it earlier this year.

On that occasion I accompanied Eve for her tests and found writing about the experience therapeutic and a way to occupy time during hours of insomnia.

This time Eve has chosen her mum to accompany her and they leave for London today. Eve’s surgery will take place on Thursday.

Brain surgery.

I don’t know how this will affect postings over coming days. If there isn’t much or indeed nothing here, or the quality dips below the usual mince then I hope you’ll understand.

As you know I’m not religious but thanks to those friends who have said that they’ll keep Eve in their prayers. Others have sent positive and supportive messages, cards,books and little gifts.

Thank you all.

I am just thankful that Eve is in the hands of a world class neurologist and surgeon, and just as importantly, in the hands of superb nursing staff. Sue and Eve will have (free) accommodation at Weston House, the patient hotel at Great Ormond Street tonight before Eve is admitted tomorrow and I’m conscious of the fund raising that goes in to providing add ons like that.

From a purely selfish point of view I hope that tomorrow’s strike doesn’t affect Eve’s care or progress having waited so long for this, but on the other hand my previous paragraph sums up why public services are worth protecting.

For everyone.

Anyway, good luck my wee darling.

This is hopefully the start of a new life for you.

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