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16-06-2015, 14:22
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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qp_usI12oag/VYAs_sXoRLI/AAAAAAAAGKc/tbm5XOFUs98/s200/castleandrock.jpg (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qp_usI12oag/VYAs_sXoRLI/AAAAAAAAGKc/tbm5XOFUs98/s1600/castleandrock.jpg)After a lovely walk in the sunshine through some of my childhood haunts including Levengrove Park, which is more or less unchanged since I was a boy and still kept very well, I crossed the old bridge back into Dumbarton and headed for our new local Wetherspoon which has the bonus of a beer garden. This is further "bonused" as it were, by being 90% non smoking.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DabqBNbjCDU/VYAtAXpeZiI/AAAAAAAAGKg/VelKlJFlVPE/s200/innislager.jpg (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DabqBNbjCDU/VYAtAXpeZiI/AAAAAAAAGKg/VelKlJFlVPE/s1600/innislager.jpg)I was hot, the beer garden was hot, the sun was hot, so lager had to be the beer of choice, but I set myself apart from nearly everyone else by not ordering Tennents, which I observed, perhaps in an understated way, is rather popular in these parts. Being mid afternoon, it wasn't too busy outside, but there was a good enough crowd. I sat, somewhat soporifically with a great view of the Rock and River Leven (see photo), being lulled into a state of torpor by choruses of "Aye" which is not only Scottish for "Yes" but has a wider meaning really. A bit like "genau" in German it is used where "exactly" would fit. There was a lot of agreement that afternoon.

Ah yes, the beer. It was Innis and Gunn Lager. Quite malty, but not over-carbonated, it was just the job. So I had two.

Pretty busy looking glass though.

Dumbarton is where the Cutty Sark was built by Scott and Linton and completed by rival Wm. Denny when they went bust. Wm. Denny and another shipbuilder John MacMillan gave the land and the money for Levengrove Park.The park cost Denny and MacMillan £20,000 to purchase and develop in 1883.

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