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Artistic Merit Indeed —

The proof was in the marketplace —

All three paintings shown were sold while the paint was barely dry —

MAGIC!
 
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Posted by on March 31, 2022 in out and about

 

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Killin or no Killing —

I often wondered how the township of Killin got it’s name —

A visit to the nearby and previously unknown to me – Finlarig castle at the head of Loch Tay opened my eyes on that score —

A stronghold of Clan Campbell for quite a few centuries – the garrisons of Finglarig castle were never defeated and it even had it’s own beheading pit for the job of decapitating the vanquished enemies —

The ‘good guys’ – or government sympathisers were incarcerated in the mausoleum while the unfortunate headless characters were fed to Clan Campbell’s pigs —

or used as fertiliser on the neighbouring farmland —

The hangman’s tree on the adjacent knoll was also kept busy in the name of order and religion during those turbulent times — the Campbell’s motto – ‘to conquer and remain conquessit’ was well earned 🥺

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2022 in out and about

 

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Artistic Merit —

Helen T. has been busy again —

Blossom —
Winter Night —
Counting Sheep —

are amongst a group of paintings that went off to the gallery today and that last painting was sold before it was even hung on the wall —

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2022 in out and about

 

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Gone Soft?

No Way!

I just got the wrong machine out of the shed —

Instead of getting the bike out and freezing – I should have brought the strimmer out —

There’s not many weeds to deal with yet – but I’ve certainly got the tools to sort ’em out —

and with that —

It started to snow —
 
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Posted by on March 30, 2022 in out and about

 

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Have I Gone Soft?

The sun may have been shining in places today but there was a cold north wind that would skin you —

The view of Ben More and Sto Bineon were as far as I got before turning for home 😱

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2022 in out and about

 

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Three years On —

According to Google photos it’s only three years since I fitted the Arrow exhaust system to my CRF250 Rally —

It certainly feels more like five —

Whatever – I really did enjoy riding that wee bike and did so much to it —

Untill the day came that my legs were no longer fit to get me on and off the thing — she had to go 🙄

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2022 in out and about

 

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Cherry Blossom —

At the bottom of the garden —

I don’t know how old this cherry tree is – but it is at least 60ft wide!

Definitely the oldest cherry tree I’ve ever seen 😎

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2022 in out and about

 

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Barbie’s – Burgers and Burnouts —

and it’s still only March —

What a lovely weekend – spent Saturday putting the garden into some sort of shape —

and ended the day with burgers —

While Sunday had even better weather for a ride through Glen Orchy – wonderful!

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2022 in out and about

 

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Building Bridges —

After a wonderful 80th birthday lunch between the bridges courtesy of my lovely daughter —

It was time to head for home —

I very much doubt if I’ve ever spent best part of three hours over a lunch before —

But with pleasant company and views like this I could get accustomed to it —

I remember when there was only the far-a-way rail bridge over the Forth and I would travel over by ferry —

I was working as a steel erector when the original road bridge on the right was being built and I was offered a job there. The day I went down to start work the site was closed with everyone on strike. As the sole earner with a baby daughter to support I couldn’t afford strikes and eventually moved to England for a management position —

So my daughter is the same age as the bridge and wearing well if I may say so —

I even had difficulty negotiating the steps in the forefront from the restaurant to ground level for the drive home over the new bridge as my knees don’t take kindly to that sort thing these days —

All these stays look like overkill to me —

but better safe than sorry —

Thanks to Helen and Rainnie for a wonderful day out and even the weather played it’s part 😎

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2022 in out and about

 

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Birthday Lunch at Scott’s —

It’s not every day I have lunch but it’s nice to do it in style now and again —

And where better than a window table between the Forth bridges with the two lovely ladies in my life —

Life just gets better —

and better —

I’m a lucky guy —
Magic! 👍
 
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Posted by on March 21, 2022 in out and about

 

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