Interestingly, there are several photos of this phone box online that indicate it was only turned into a defibrillator box at some point between 2016 and 2018. Trossachs Pier is in the middle of nowhere and there seems to be a lot of cycling and other activity going on, so this could be a very useful development.
This is another phone box that Mum and Dad spotted while on holiday – this time in Canada.
(Coordinates 44°17’69.8″N, 81°63’67.4″W.)
When UK councils first started getting rid of red phone boxes, a lot of them got sold abroad as tourist attractions, which is why you sometimes find them outside the UK. Better that someone appreciates them this way than they get thrown into the creepy red phone box graveyard (although I have to confess I would like to visit that graveyard one day).
Today’s phone box is one that Mum and Dad found in Dumfries and Galloway.
(Coordinates 54°91’64.5″N, 3°96’43.5″W.)
Interesting to see that only one of the ‘Telephone’ panels at the top has been replaced with a ’90s-era replacement panel – usually you find that all four get replaced so that it matches more neatly. The phone box is generally in okay condition, but the paint on the door has got very worn.
Incidentally, Google Street View’s image is from April 2009 – that’s nearly a decade ago, so I suppose the Google cars don’t get out into the Scottish countryside very often! – and it’s nice to see that between 2009 and 2016, the phone box’s door was put back on. Well done, Dumfries and Galloway council – nice to see an attempt at phone box upkeep! Maybe you could give it a new coat of paint as well, though?
I’m moving onto a series of pictures of phone boxes that Dad has sent me in the course of his and Mum’s travels. This first one is from Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway.
(Coordinates 54°80’89.1″N, 3°94’74.3″W.)
This phone box goes beautifully with the pretty church behind it. Rural boxes in the middle of nowhere, like this one, tend to be less at risk from councils attempting to ‘modernise’ things, so you still see lots of them about.
A year ago today, I started this blog. I knew I wanted to blog every day, but I didn’t realise it would be so fun and rewarding – even if it is a bit time-consuming sometimes! I’m looking forward to another year spent rambling about all my hobbies and interests.
I’ve had a great New Year’s Day with family – we did what we always do, which is eating Lancashire hotpot (Dad makes an extra veggie pot so that I can eat it too) and exchanging presents in the evening. I then watched Doctor Who. 2019 has started well.
(Just a quick extra word about the phone box skirt – I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to wear it for ages! It’s called the ‘Oh London!’ skirt, and I first saw it on Joanne Clifton on an episode of Strictly: It Takes Two in 2016, but I couldn’t get my own one until I reached my target weight due to it having a fitted waist.)
Today’s earworm playlist:
David Guetta and Sia – Flames The Killers – Mr Brightside Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf