24th of October

by susie on October 24th, 2015

A flying visit to see Susie’s family in Methlick, Aberdeenshire. Stopped near Stonehaven to take a snap of this monument to Rabbie’s old man who came from the North East, an area extremely rich in folk song. It partly explains how Rabbie’s appeal stretched out far beyond his native Ayrshire to be embraced as our national bard. Notice the different spelling of the surname.
A sign of the times… Many oil rig supply vessels sit idle beyond Aberdeen harbour, as the global collapse in oil prices bites in Scotland’s energy capital.
Morning at Little Ardo where Susie’s family live. The Mountain in the distance is the iconic Bennachie (‘oh gin I were whaur the Gadie rins, at the back o Bennachie..’)
Susie’s sister and brother-in-law breed a small number of these magnificently photogenic and unbelievably tasty beasties. They don’t need much looking after as you’d imagine from their shaggy coats. Thanks to the Purdies and Allans for their usual great hospitality.

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