Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Monday, 30 March 2009
The Royal Research Ship Discovery is moored at Discovery Point in Dundee. It was built in Dundee in 1900 and launched in March 1901. It was the last wooden three masted ship built in Britain. Specifically designed for Antarctic exploration, it was the ship used by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on the British National Antarctic Expedition in August 1901.
So they're storming the banks on Wednesday...... that should sort all the problems eh?
A very English Revolution..... Storm the Banks and bring a packed lunch!
Can't help thinking the priorities are a bit cock eyed. We've had the worst child poverty in Western Europe for many years, not just since the banks crashed. One in four children in Scotland grows up in poverty. But threaten the middle classes pensions and savings and we get tens of thousands taking to the streets? .........hmmm.
Seems to me that the banks didn't cause this recession, their reckless actions were just another symptom of the root cause...... Greed.
But the Government love it... the anger isn't being directed at them. Scapegoats are essential in times of trouble. History tells us this.
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Took these from the sea wall at Arbroath yesterday. A squall of rain was hovering over Carnoustie and yes, it was as cold as it looks. In fact the wind was so gusty I struggled to hold the camera steady. Good for the soul though!
Friday, 27 March 2009
Outside the Angus Folk Museum I came across.......... yes!....... a sundial. Admittedly not quite in the same league as the enormous effort in the Castle gardens, but I think it has its own quaint charm. Rustic I think you'd call it.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Round the back of Glamis Kirk and through the churchyard is the way down to St Fergus Well. The second pic shows the steps down towards the river. Perhaps not at its best at the moment, in summer it's a riot of wildflowers and greenery. The third pic shows the short walk through the trees on the way down to the Glamis Burn. Somewhere around here was the cave which St Fergus spent his time and entertained his mates.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Glamis Kirk was reputed to have been established by Saint Fergus in 750 AD. Fergus was an Irish Bishop who travelled Scotland in the early 8th century and finally settled in Glamis.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
As you can see from my blog header, I'm partial to a nice sundial. This, however has to be the mother of all sundials. According to the website www.scottishsundials.co.uk ( a prime example that there's a website for everything under the sun....... pardon the pun!) this is one of the finest sundials in the world. A polyhedron design of 80 dials is supported by four rampant lions, each of which bears a shield with separate dials in their forepaws. It is thought to have been constructed around 1670 and its base is carved with the equation of time.
Monday, 23 March 2009
Glamis Castle probably has more myths and legends surrounding it than any other British castle. The chapel is apparently haunted by the Grey Lady. She was Lady Janet Douglas, wife of the 6th Earl of Glamis. Following the Earls death in 1528, King JamesV decided to exact revenge on the Douglas clan by accusing Lady Janet of witchcraft. She was imprisoned in a dungeon in Edinburgh Castle and although she was of impeccable character, the king extracted false testimony from her servants by stretching them on the rack. She was eventually burned at the stake in Edinburgh in 1537. The ghost of Lady Janet has haunted the chapel and the clock tower ever since.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
The bottom picture shows the standard flapping merrily in the breeze, I tried for ages to catch the flag fully unfurled and eventually gave up, this was the best I could do. The first family of visitors were given the dubious honour of raising it. Actually it was their little girl who did it, so I'm sure it made her day. If you click and enlarge you'll see that the clock is dated 1811, and it was showing the correct time, which got me to thinking, how come 200 years ago they could make things which would keep going for that length of time when with all our technological brilliance we can't make washing machines which last for five years?.......but then of course if we all had washing machines which lasted, we'd only ever buy one.....and Hoover would be no more, Zanussi no more, Indesit no more........Lochaber no more! (apologies to Craig and Charlie).
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Glamis Castle was given to the Strathmore family in 1372 by Robert the Bruce. They have resided here since then. The estate covers 14,000 acres and includes the village of Glamis, where I once had the misfortune of living for a couple of years. It really is an odd place, still steeped in deference to the Landowner. I suppose it's understandable in a way, given that the Earl owns the village lock, stock and barrel, but it's strange nonetheless.
Friday, 20 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
I was driving from Arbroath to Carmyllie in Angus today on my way to see a client and I stopped to snap these trees which fascinate me. I have no idea what type they are, so if anyone can enlighten me I'd be really grateful. I love the spidery effect and that kind of bonsai shape they have. This is the only row of them I've noticed by a roadside.
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