29th of October

by on October 29th, 2015

A long haul to Phoenix Arizona, but worth it to see the sheer beauty of the desert. The big cactus is called a saujro and they are limited to two areas north and south of Pheonix . The smaller ones to the fore are called jumping choyas and I was attacked by one of the light spiky bits which pinged off (hence jumping) and stuck itself to my shoe. I had great difficultly getting it off and ended up with it digging to my bare foot. Attactus by a cactus! The desert is a wonderful place but it seems that everything is out to get you..
Scenery north of Pheonix with a type of rock formation known as a butte. There are hundreds of saujro cactus on the hillside.
Went to buy a fishing licence at Cabelas which is a massive supermarket size huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ store.
Wish I had asked what a gun library is..

26th of October

by on October 26th, 2015

I’m off to Arizona tomorrow to begin a US tour through the Southern States. It is a route I have done many times before and I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of old pals and hopefully making some new ones! I have not been in the US since February which feels too long so I am itching to get back out west. I’ve got a brand new cd called ‘Live in Perth’. Very much hoping to cast a line or two along the way… Yeehaw!

24th of October

by 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.

22nd of October

by on October 22nd, 2015

This years haul of wild hazelnuts. Nuts are not grown commercially up here in Scotland but you can find some with decent ones growing wild or in planted mixed woodland. They are smaller than the shop bought ones but have a lovely sweet flavour. I have found several good trees along local rivers whilst out fishing. I have always enjoyed gathering wild food as the only things that I’ve been able to grow well in the garden are brambles!

11th of October

by on October 11th, 2015

It has been very quiet at home without Beth who has recently started at Glasgow University. We went through to see her yesterday, and she gave us a tour of the splendid and very Hogwartian campus where she is taking her lectures.
Beth was feeling a bit cloistered…
This is where the wizards er lecturers put on their gowns.
Half close your eyes and it could be a Wamping Willow..