Daily Archives: August 31, 2021

Never Return to the Scene of Your Crimes

Well that’s what they say but coming down off the Sheriffmuir t’other day I couldn’t help but take the turn into Blackford – the place where Highland Spring bottled water comes from. I lived there briefly in my mid-teens and even after leaving for pastures new at a farm outside Dunblane I would go back to Blackford for the Saturday night dancing to Jimmy Shand Jnr or something similar. Back then a modern quickstep would be followed by a Scottish country dance – it was where I learned about girls and how to dance with them.

I also learned about the demon drink – a little would loosen up the legs and feet – a lot would come back and sting you before the evening was over. Knowledge doesn’t come cheap and a few beers in the tiny Blackford Inn on the back street of two with my mate Rab Rennie had to be followed by a trip along the optics – finishing at the Glayva – it’s seductive golden syrupy colour and tangerine/almond/honey tinged with cinammon flavour sent me over to the nearby Village Hall as if walking on air.

Jimmy’s accordian was going great guns that night – the girls were birrling faster and faster – when – in the middle of a Strip the Willow I had to clap my hand over my mouth and head for the door! I just made it – sick as a pig and hungover for three days – my old man was seldom amused and he certainly wasn’t by that escapade!

I was seventeen going on an official eighteen on my last visit – now 62 years later I doubt if these legs could do the Strip the Willow or an Eightsome Reel even if I drank the whole cask of the stuff!

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Sprechen Zie Deutche Bitte

I heard this phrase so often during my sojourn in Germany and for my sins I didn’t speak much of it – any I do have is from my schooldays over sixty years ago at the Berwickshire High in Duns so I’m sure I can be excused if it is a bit ropy today —

I do remember this colourful house that popped up while going through my many pics recently – it’s stunning in the flesh. My memory plays tricks these days but I think it’s not far from the Rhine somewhere south of Koblenz – I do hope it was spared during this year’s flooding —

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