9th of October

by on October 9th, 2015

A suitable vessel for drowning sorrows after last nights last minute Scottish exit from the European Nations Football Cup. Scotland played really well after a terrible start, but had their hearts broken deep into extra time, when the Poles equalised. They needed to win to have any chance of progressing. So that’s them out yet again. Well at least we’ve got our whisky…

7th of October

by on October 7th, 2015

A Watery Saltire, from the Fairy Pools, near the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye. Hopefully to give Scotland inspiration for their must win football match against Poland tomorrow. It has been a while since we have qualified for the final stages of a big footie tournament and its not getting any easier as we get seeded lower and lower. Poland have an in-form striker who has been scoring a frightening number of goals for top German team Bayern Munich. It’s going to be a bumpy ride…

5th of October

by on October 5th, 2015

The excellent weather has finally broken here in Perth, today is wet and horrible. Here’s a snap from a couple of days ago looking north from the old bridge.
It’s also the end of the trout fishing season, which was good over the summer because it was wetter than usual. This fish was caught on the Tay back in May and ended up on a plate with asparagus and scalloped potatoes…
It’s also the end of the Lawn Bowling season; there’s a club just opposite where we live. For those that have not seen it played, it’s a bit like Curling on grass. The grass is perfectly flat, absolutely worshipped by the members and is loving treated over the winter to keep it positively Wimbledon standard. Friends of ours from Arizona were staying at our house while we were away on holiday, and not knowing that the grass was sacred actually kicked a football about on it. Luckily they were advised to stop before any of the bowlers saw them or they would have been lynched!

4th of October

by on October 4th, 2015

Took Sandy (centre) to Aberdeen yesterday for a judo competition. He fought really well winning the silver medal in his category. Meanwhile the Perth football team – St Johnstone, were thumping Aberdeen 5-1 at Pittodrie a few hundred yards away. Happy days.
No surf on Aberdeen beach today as it has been very still. It is a real hotspot for the hardy few…

3rd of October

by on October 3rd, 2015

Yesterday my new live cd was ready to be manufactured so I toddled up the A9 to see Martin Hadden who runs Birnam CD. Martin has been a major figure in the folk scene for many years. He was a member of Silly Wizard, one of Scotlands most loved folk bands and toured all over the world with them. They were especially popular in the United States. Starting off as Birnam Tapes, Martin has made ‘product’ for thousands of folkies and other artists and anyone with even the smallest collection of Scottish music will have something that has passed through his hands.
Also in Birnam is a little garden dedicated to the author and illustrator Beatrix Potter who used to spend summer holidays here and was inspired by the wildlife.
This little statue of Jeremy Fisher appeals to me for obvious reasons.