Phone Box Thursday: A747, Monreith

Another phone box from Mum and Dad’s Scottish adventures… but, somewhat appropriately for Hallowe’en month, there’s something a bit spooky going on with it!

Red phone box
Red phone box, A747, Monreith, 8th August 2020.

(Coordinates 54°73’72.6″N, 4°55’02.6″W.)

Dad reports that there is (or was in August) still a phone inside the box, but also a ‘closing soon’ notice 🙁 Unfortunately it seems that this box will be disappearing shortly, along with about 90% of other rural boxes in the UK. It sort of feels like we’re documenting the end of an era at the moment.

That’s not the spooky thing though!

If you click the Google Street View image linked above, you’ll see the same image I saw when searching for the box:

Phone box from Google Street View

However, if you then move slightly up the road (to the east, away from the A747 and onto the side street), the phone box suddenly turns green!

Phone box from Google Street View

My immediate thought was that the box must have been repainted at some point. However, I’ve never seen a box repainted this shade of green in the UK – it’s apparently quite common for old phone boxes in the Republic of Ireland, but I was surprised to see one in the south-west of Scotland.

But then, if you move a step further…

Phone box from Google Street View

…the phone box is suddenly red again – and it can’t be a repaint, because the exact same couple are still walking past the phone box with their dogs!

I was a bit freaked out by this and took a closer look. In the second picture with the green box, it also appears that the lady’s face has also turned green, making her look like the Witch of the West from The Wizard Of Oz (complete with Toto no less!). A similar thing has happened to a wooden shed and gate if you rotate the third image to look further up the road. As such, Geth and I have concluded that it must be some kind of strange effect from the camera used by the Google cars.

It’s still pretty spooky though!

We’ll stay in Scotland next week for another (hopefully less freaky) phone box.

Phone Box Thursday: Cove Road, Malham

Jen sent in this phone box photo from the Yorkshire Dales.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Cove Road, Malham, 3rd August 2020.

(Coordinates 54°06’16.8″N, 2°15’31.8″W.)

Bit of a well-worn example – the door looks very weathered and the base is falling to bits, and it seems to have declined into disrepair at a fairly quick rate since the Google image was taken. As such, I suspect this one might not be long for the world, sadly.

Back to Scotland next week.

Phone Box Thursday: Willoughby Street, Muthill

Here’s another Scottish phone box found by Mum and Dad while out on their travels.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Willoughby Street, Muthill, 31st July 2020.

(Coordinates 56°33’19.5″N, 3°83’23.1″W.)

This one seems to be being used as a library/donations point. There are books and household supplies and jigsaw puzzles and all sorts in there.

I like to see phone boxes being reused by communities now that they are no longer needed for phones. Hopefully this one will escape the chop now that it’s been adopted.

Phone Box Thursday: Monument Road, Comrie

Here’s another phone box that Mum and Dad found in Scotland this summer.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Monument Road, Comrie, 31st July 2020.

(Coordinates 56°37’55.3″N, 3°99’21.3″W.)

This box doesn’t have a phone in it, but otherwise seems relatively well-kept (and makes a very nice feature on the street corner with the accompanying postbox), so hopefully it won’t be disappearing in the near future.

One more from Scotland next week, and then we’ll be heading south again…

Enjoying the autumn weather

A two-miler today…

…and it was nice doing a different route to my 1.2-mile lap! That’s the last chance I’ll have for over a week, though, as multiple run training starts again tomorrow.

I also went out for a long walk this afternoon, as I’ll be running and working for the rest of the week so will be a bit too busy for walks. It was perfect September weather – lovely and sunny but not too hot while walking, and it was a really nice route too. I managed to photograph some red phone boxes I’d spotted while out with the social run group a few weeks ago, so look out for those in future Phone Box Thursday posts 🙂

A little more time spent indoors tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll be able to share my finished decor project (as far as it can be finished right now!).

Autumn leaves
A photo from over the weekend. The trees are starting to turn now, which is always exciting.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Gunship – ‘Rise The Midnight Girl’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’

Phone Box Thursday: Stirling Road, Callander

Here’s another phone box captured in its final days by Mum and Dad while on their adventures around Scotland.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Stirling Road, Callander, 31st July 2020.

(Coordinates 56°24’08.3″N, 4°20’27.1″W.)

This box still has a phone inside, but also a notice about its imminent removal. It looks very weathered on the outside so has probably not been maintained for some time.

Another Scottish phone box next week!

Phone Box Thursday: Mylne Avenue, Dollar

Here’s a well-kept phone box from Mum and Dad’s adventures.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Mylne Avenue, Dollar, 31st July 2020.

(Coordinates 56°16’33.8″N, 3°68’04.7″W.)

Unlike a lot of phone boxes we’ve seen recently, this one looks freshly painted and well-maintained (the phone inside is still intact and seemingly in working order).

Interestingly, the ‘Telephone’ plate at the front has obviously been replaced in recent years – the Street View image shows a ’00s-era blue ’email/text/phone’ plate (for a while, these were installed in certain phone boxes along with basic computers that allowed you to access email – my student flat in 2003/2004 didn’t have internet connection, so I used the email-enabled phone box on the street corner all the time!).

Nice to see a phone box that’s still loved. Hopefully this one won’t be going anywhere anytime soon!

Phone Box Thursday: Shaw Lane, Drummore

Here’s another phone box from Mum and Dad’s adventures in Dumfries and Galloway.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Shaw Lane, Drummore, 28th July 2020.

(Coordinates 54°68’99.4″N, 4°89’39.7″W.)

The phone box and the playpark/grassy area behind it has been tidied and prettied up a bit since the Google image was taken. However, the phone is no longer in situ, and there’s an imminent removal notice inside the box, sadly.

There seems to be a real push for phone box removal at the moment, especially in rural areas 🙁

A phone box in a slightly happier state next week!