3rd of April

by susie on April 3rd, 2012

Too little too late. Finally this year we get some snow. Shame it’s now April…

School hols so took an ‘indoor’ trip to Dundee where the crocodiles come from…

Dundee is famous for Jute, Jam and Journalism. Here is the original headquarters of publishers DC Thomson, responsible for the journalism component.

Most famous for these comics..

And Oor Wullie, my own childhood favourite, who had me running to the door every Sunday morning for his tales in the Sunday Post.

We were in the McManus Gallery/Museum having a whale of a time…

Whaling was a big deal in Dundee in the 19th century. Here are some artifacts; whale oil, models of famous whalers a narwhal tusk, stuff made from whale bone..

Early on when hand held harpoons and sailing boats were used the odds were better for the whales. Then came the steam engine and these things…

Dundee at one time had literally hundreds of factories making jute. The raw material(the two sticks)was a tall thin shrub grown in southern India. It was processed into a rough and very durable cloth.

Here is an early machine that un-matted the fibres.

A cautionary poster from the Temperance era about the career paths of the tea-total and the boozer

Funny to see a computer in a museum but look at the size of it!

A blurred photograph of the steam engine which plunged into the Tay when the original bridge collapsed in 1883. It was recovered and ran well into the 1920s.

This shaky snap shows the bridge in a James Macintosh Patrick painting.

Susie was wondering where she had come across the name Mary Slessor, the missionary shown in this stained glass.

Then it came to her. Show me the money…





Bert and Vicky..

We’ve had the jute and journalism, here’s where the jam comes from. Used to do this myself for summer holiday cash

They look great and taste even better..

Lochaber no more… after the disaster of Culloden and months of hiding in the heather Bonnie Prince Charlie leaves Scotland never to return…

James Scott Skinner; the self-acclaimed ‘Strathspey King’.

Funeral of the new-born.

Hospital scene from WWI

They’ve even got a wee Picasso first print

I was delighted to see a painting by an old school pal Derek Guild who has become a famous painter. His paintings are wonderful but always a bit er..disturbing. Title: Colony

A pictish stone.

One side is usually a cross

The other usually has figures.

A flag flown by Jacobite forces at the battle of Culloden

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