Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place

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Location:-   Dunrobin Castle, near Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland

It may be Wednesday …but….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

27th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Burns Night…… Haggis and Whisky

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Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland

I cannot let the 25th of January pass without acknowledging this special day.  It is Burns Night.  Not just across Scotland, but across the World, where ever those of Scottish heritage gather, there will be celebrations to commemorate Scotland Favourite Poet and Writer…. Robert (Rabbie) Burns.

Born in 1759 into a humble Farming Family Burns became know as the Ploughman Poet, The Bard of Ayrshire. The celebrations are  marked by a Burns Supper, usually a formal occasions, traditionally following a strict procedure…with the Guest of Honour being the Haggis.

Culzean Castle, above, built high on the Ayrshire Coast was built during the time that Burns was reputed to walk the Ayrshire coast and countryside gathering his inspiration.  Not sure what Burns would have thought of this obvious extravagance. A marked contrast to the homes of his fellow countryfolk and very different from the Farm House in which he was born in the village of Alloway.

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Both Farmhouse and Castle are very different and important buildings in Scotland’s History….   whilst being  different, each has its own special character and beauty.   Naturally both are high on the Tourist Trail.

No Formal Burns Supper for our household tonight…but we will still serve a Haggis and raise a glass (or maybe two) of Whisky as a toast to Rabbie Burns.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

25th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

  

 

 

 

 

Moody Monday….. Storm Clouds

Storm clouds approach from the South West

Looking down the Lynn of Lorn on Loch Linnhe, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

I thought this a suitably moody image for another Monday in Lockdown.  Moody as it is, as threatening as those clouds looked (and they did bring heavy rains)…I wouldn’t mind standing there, right now, and gazing down the Loch.  Just another memory of a life that does seem such a long time ago.

Better times will return, till then….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

18th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place

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Location:-  Loch Morar, Western Highlands of Scotland

No matter where you are….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

13th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday……. Oh! for a Walk along a Beach

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Right now there is nothing I would love better than a walk along a beach.  Any beach, sand, sea and that magical fresh marine ozone……..  distance and restrictions conspire against us.   It has been along time since we were able to enjoy that simple pleasure.

One day, sometime…. till then…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

11th January

(C) David Oakes 2021