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No Show Without Punch —

It was a spur of the moment decision to head over to Bridge of Earn area with Helen this morning —

Just a couple of weeks ago by using an ordnance survey map I bought over sixty years ago for a motorcycle rally run by the Dunblane Motor Club – I had found the farm – Elliothead – on the banks of the River Earn between Bridge of Earn and the River Tay estuary —

It was to be one of the many farm jobs my father picked up as he moved mum – myself and two older brothers from farm to farm up and down the east of Scotland in search of that elusive place that felt like home after four years at the sharp end in World War 2 —

It was 1950 – I was 8 years old – I had lived in eleven homes and Bridge of Earn was my fourth school in those years —

I rolled into Elliothead farmyard on my X-ADV750 a couple of weeks ago – introduced myself and chatted to the current farmer who had been born there five years after I had moved on.

This trip I wanted to show Helen another one of the twenty farms where I had lived – however briefly – until I had left the family home at the age of eighteen —

No that’s not my former home – nor is the one behind it – Elcho Castle on the south bank of the River Tay estuary less than a couple of miles east of Friarton Bridge on the Perth By-pass —

But it’s where we spent a happy couple of hours exploring today —

Seventy two years since my boyhood spell around here and I’m still opening gates —

and imagining what it would be like to pull our shallow draft – gaff rigged sailing boat – the Hede – into the landing on the creek below the castle —

Dream on Don —
But what a lovely day out – Magic!
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Posted by on June 10, 2022 in out and about


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