19th of September

by susie on September 19th, 2013

It has been a busy month. I have been finishing recording a new CD and Susie and I took a group of good folks around Scotland. Here is St Andrews from the end of the pier. The ruined cathedral on one side and the er ruined castle on the other.
The Braemar Highland Games, a swirling mass of pipers, dancers, runners, throwers, tuggers… and royals
Yes that distant figure swaythed in pink is the Queen as men in skirts test the quality of new telegraph poles
Scene of the Diana Gabbled-on kilt-lifter(Scottish version of bodice ripper)’Outlander’ which she wrote without ever having set foot in Scotland. There’s about to be a big Hollywood movie made, shot partly in Scotland…
One of the ancient burial rings at Clava Cairns.. a magical place
Next to the monument above. Come on kitty, cross my path.. it did – where’s the nearest bookmaker…
Stayed for the first time in Fort Augustus very close to the series of locks on the Caledonian Canal. Loch Ness is in the distance. Had lovely pint sitting outside the famous Lock Inn.
On the ferry to Mull looking towards Big Ben, Nevis that is. It is a difficult mountain to see as it hides behind another peak and is very often covered by cloud. The highest point in the British Isles.
Keen observers may recognise this jacket from a past album cover. It has worn much better than I have. Castle Duart, ancestral seat of the Macleans of Mull, in front of Ben More the highest mountain on Mull. I once scrambled up  Ben More on New Years Day in  howling Gale. Great cure for a hangover…
Eager pilgrims on the Ferry to Iona from Mull. A place of enchantment that attracted both Druids and Early christians and seems to have a benign micro-climate all of its own..
Back home to the office er river, perched on that big rock is a kingfisher. the photo does not do it justice, the plumage is absolutely stunning – honest!

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