Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Different from a Kellas Cat, the above specimen was found on the Revack estate near Dufftown. Note its pronounced roman nose and and long skull. Here's more information on Kellas cats and 'the rabbit headed' Dufftown Cat plus a little fellow I photographed earlier....
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Earlier today on Radio Four there was a great follow up documentary on Masquerade, the illustrated puzzle book from 1979 by Kit Williams (above). 30 years since it was published, it is still a huge source of inspiration and delight - some gardens in the Cotwolds are even holding their own treasure hunt this summer for a charm bracelet its the Cotswold Garden Charm Offensive Treasure Trail. Go forth with marmalade sandwiches and dig yourself up some finds!
On Sunday we went on the Keith and Dufftown Railway, crossing the river Isla seven times on its way to Keith. We also had to stop on the return journey to let some chickens pass out of the way and off the tracks! Also spotted on the line was a black cat and some deer. Thank you Bella for the pictures.
The Train Driver had his lunch on the way. Nothing like a nice cup of tea on the job!
Friday, 10 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Derelict by 1725, stones from Auchindoun Castle were taken and used to build Balvenie and other buildings in the area. The burning of the castle inspired a traditional song, 'The Burning of Auchindoun',
As I cam' in by Fiddichside, on a May morning
I spied Willie MacIntosh an hour before the dawning
Turn agin, turn agin, turn agin, I bid ye
If ye burn Auchindoun, Huntly he will heid ye
Heid me or hang me, that shall never fear me
I'll burn Auchindoun though the life leaves me
As I cam' in by Auchindoun on a may morning
Auchindoun was in a bleeze, an hour before the dawning
Crawing, crawing, for a' your crouse crawin'
Ye brunt your crop an' tint your wings an hour before the dawning
Monday, 29 June 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
On Ascension Day every year the members of St Michael's congregation process through Oxford marking out the parish boundary in a traditional ceremony known as Beating the Bounds. Good for community moral this is an ancient custom which may be attributed to the Romans Festival Terinalia, in honour of Terminus god of landmarks and boundaries.