The Christmas robin is depicted as a roly-poly, jolly, little bird with scarlet breast feathers epitomising all that is warm and cosy about Christmas.
All Man with two dogs Posts
The Doyenne and I are back from a week’s break in Kirkcudbright, in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, in Dumfries and Galloway.
I bought a Selkirk bannock in our favourite farm shop in deepest Aberdeenshire. Seeing it lying in a basket brought back childhood memories of visiting my Loanhead aunties (outside Edinburgh) who often had it on the table for high tea.
Tuesday was one of those memorable days – sunny, soft and sweet – that confirm, if ever I needed confirmation, that I’ve never wanted to live anywhere other than my north-east of Scotland corner of Angus and the Mearns.
I don’t know how many conkers it takes to make an autumn but I’ve been picking up my first ones out walking with Inka.
Victim of sea winds and salt spray, the ruined chapel and graveyard of St Skae stands atop a rocky headland looking over the North Sea known to Montrosians as the Elephant Rock. I keep an eye out for it whenever I take the train from Montrose to Edinburgh.
They say it’s not a good idea to take your religion from hymns, but some are absolute belters and you feel better for singing them. Once in a while, a hymn resonates with my own experience, such as this one I sang last Sunday.
The Caledonian Canal is one of the great waterways of Europe, built by Thomas Telford, one of Scotland’s greatest engineers. Running north-east to south-west, it connects the east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach, near Fort William, at the head of Loch Linnhe.
Sixty years ago Bonar Bridge was a busy hub for traffic travelling from Inverness, turning west and north for Ullapool and beyond, and east and north for Wick and Thurso.
The week has seemed a bit ordinary after last weekend, which the Doyenne and I spent with son James and his family at Peebles, in part to celebrate a grandson’s 18th birthday. James usually finds an interesting diversion to entertain us when we visit.