17th of December

by on December 17th, 2015

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Hi folks it has been a week or three since I last blogged and it has been dominated by this stuff. Yes it has been as wet as a haddock’s bathing costume. Fortunately we escaped some of the severe flooding that they had in the north of England. The marks on the railway bridge in Perth are where the water comes over the top of the flood defense system which has so far done its job since it was built in the early nineties.
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We did have a teasing fall of snow at the end of November and here are Beth and Sandy having a birthday sledge up Kinnoull Hill.
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I am very keen to get up to the mountains on my snowboard and this site was very encouraging. However it all melted quite quickly and infact this month has been good for nothing except writing Xmas cards…So let the festivities commence!

24th of November

by on November 24th, 2015

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Jim Robertson in Virginia is a wonderful musician with a fabulous collection of musical instruments that he had to shift in order that I could perform at his house. This is the good stuff that has hard cases.
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A two hour tailback on the way to my final gig at Catoctin Creek distillery, which deprived me of my afternoon nap! The gig was great, by the gleaming stills and amongst the barrels.
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I roosted with lovely folks Tracy and Richard in Loudon Co Va. They helped me get the critical end-of-tour packing sorted out and plied me with some select malts. Snapped this majestic bald eagle on the way to the airport, it was even closer but flew up to a tree when I pulled over. Thanks America for another wonderful trip. Enjoy Thanksgiving on Thursday and I’ll enjoy St Andrews Night on the 30th!

17th of November

by on November 17th, 2015

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Spare the rod and spoil the child…

16th of November

by on November 17th, 2015

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James and the Giant Peach… Had a great show down in Verbena AL where it’s all just peachy.. would love to get back when the fruit is in season, but did have some wicked peach cobbler from my host Ola.
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A field of cotton just about to be harvested. It is an amazing plant, which used to be picked entirely by hand. The pods are really tough and could cut your fingers to ribbons.
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A fresh bale of cotton, soon to be socks!

15th of November

by on November 15th, 2015

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My praline pecan upside-down apple pie, which was lovingly baked by Marcella in Homewood AL has become a wonderful highlight of my November tours. It is to die for and I display worryingly Gollumesque protectiveness towards it – my precious! It has to be turned upside down whilst still scalding hot in a operation that would shame the Great British Bake off judges. Oh and I also did a great concert at the Wren’s Nest.
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Nice ass…I’ll get my coat…My hostess Dorlea in Northern Alabama has a menagerie of animals that her husband Glen looks after.These guys are very friendly.
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This turkey is thinking very carefully about its Thanksgiving invitation..
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This bird is literally a walking flytying shop, the translucent green herl in the tail is much prized in many different patterns.