Daily Archives: October 10, 2021

Loki Says …

‘Stop messing about with videos and get us home in time for my dinner at 5 o’clock’ —

So Loki isn’t impressed .. dog’s don’t eat apples .. especially crab apples —

Even the view over Blair Athol Castle is more than ‘nice’ —

If we go all the way to the hill beyond – that’s the one my old man – fresh from his war time exploits had me walk up as a four year old .. no wonder my knees are knackered now —

At least I can still appreciate the gentle lane where the apples grow – although there may be a sting in the tail as it leads all the way to Deeside and the place of my birth – forty plus miles across the Cairngorms as the crow flies —

The lanes leading to it by the River Tilt are pretty special too —-

The tumultuous River Tilt passes close to my old school in Blair Athol —

But today we will settle for this photo of Loki and I on the playing fields of my first school in Blair Atholl seventy five years ago —

Another fantastic day and if our crab apple jelly derived from the same trees we raided this time last year is as good as the first lot – it will go well with our Christmas turkey —

Thanks Helen – Happy Birthday xx

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Scrumping …

Here we are on test .. I have never uploaded a video to my blog before .. but .. here we are on a north facing hillside overlooking Blair Athol Castle scrumping* for crab apples.

Less than half a mile away to the east is the refurbished barn conversion of the tumbledown old farm my brothers and I lived in during the post war years. I distinctly remember queueing at the local village shop for sweets as rationing ended .. great days indeed …

(scrumping* .. helping ourselves without the landowners express permission) it happened a lot during and in the few years after the 1939-45 war due to food shortages — makes our current pandemic feel like a walk in the park and much ado about nothing —

OK .. fingers crossed .. I’m going to click the ‘PUBLISH’ button and hope my test video comes on —

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Posted by on October 10, 2021 in out and about