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…….. I have seen it All

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Maen – Llia, The Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Standing tall on the slopes of Fan Dringarth, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, is this Bronze Age Standing Stone.  It may not have seen ‘everything’, but being at least from the Bronze Age, it will have born witness to much.

Despite its majestic height, nearly 4 metres, it looks rather lost and lonely in this barren landscape, exposed to all weathers…..  but still creates a mystical and magical aura.

As always, this Monday and everyday…..

Please Remember ….

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

25th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

Silent Sunday….. Off to Church

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Good Morning Lisbon, Capital City of Portugal

Towering above  the Lisbon skyline, dwarfing all below, is the National Pantheon.  Originally, I understand, it was a 16th century Baroque style Church…..  but converted to become the resting place of Tombs for the Portuguese Greats.

A peaceful place to visit is such a busy City, a place to pause and ponder.

Wherever you are this Sunday…

Please Remember ….

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

24th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Winter Woodland…

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Even on a cold January morning… if you just add a touch of sunshine, the woodlands can still look majestic.  Maybe a little stark and lonely but maybe that just adds some mystery to the magic.

Please Remember ….

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

23rd January

(C) David Oakes 2021

More Sunshine….. Two consecutive days

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Yes, sunshine again.  Nor did it have any problems melting the overnight frost, not that we have had many frosts this year.   I don’t think that I was imagining it but the sun actually felt rather warming. Despite the warming  rays, the Lake still looked forbidding, dark and cold.  But no ice!

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Just in case this marvelous sunny start wasn’t going to last, we made an early start.  Maybe that is why there were so few folk sharing this sunny morning in our Park….. I think they missed the best of the day.  After all what could be better than a blue sky, long shadows and a bright sun.

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It was though still a surprise to feel some real warmth from the sun, not do I think that I am mistaken in thinking that the buds on the Birch have swollen.  Maybe Spring is not that far away…..   I am feeling optimistic despite the rather dire weather forecast for the coming weekend – it may only be a Blip!

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As always, whatever the weather and whatever you are able to enjoy…

Please Remember ….

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

22nd January

(C) David Oakes 2021