Thursday, 29 October 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
This first set of photographs show the town of Crieff and its surrounding countryside in the wide valley, known as Strathearn, through which the River Earn flows from Loch Earn. Crieff was, in the 17th century, like the crossroads of Scotland as cattle drovers brought their herds here from north, east and west to sell to the buyers from the south. Some years there would be as many as 30,000 cattle grazing in and around the town at the fair, held in the second week of October. To commemorate all this some local people have organised a week of activities, called the Drovers Tryst, one of which is a mountain bike race called "The Hairy Coo".
A few miles farther up Strathearn we reached Loch Earn and the picturesque village of St Fillans, which is a popular holiday spot with sailing on the loch a favourite pastime.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Monday, 5 October 2009
The village of Balmerino lies at the foot of the hill overlooking Dundee, over the river, and the ruins of the abbey are just at this entrance to the village. Not much is left now and what still stands is in a very fragile state with props and stays to support it and these parts are fenced off for safety. It was built in the 13th century on the instructions of Queen Emengarde, wife of William The Lion and mother of Alexander II, the site being chosen because of religious connections there and also the benign climate of the area.....(must have changed!). if you would like to read more of this interesting place look at this site.
Top photo shows location of Balmerino on south side of River Tay and bottom photo shows remains of the abbey.
Middle photo is the remains of the cellar of the abbots house: middle left the cross standing on the site of the high alter, and burial place of Queen Emengarde at the end of what was the nave: and right is the massive Spanish chestnut tree aged about 400 years.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Luckily, the weather turned out fine, in fact, hot, during the afternoon and we were able to watch the remainder of the judging, from our vantage point at the back of the grandstand, in comfort.
The view of the outside rings, with the white building, to the right in the background, where the Toy breeds were judged, before judging began.
The set-up inside our building was quite novel--the bar, unopened(!) ran along one side.
We were a bit concerned when we saw the "weighing in" room--was this to be a new feature of dog shows? ..for the dog, or, worse still, the exhibitors!!!
Some of the class of junior handlers, all vying for a place in the Richmond Finals next year.
This young handler can barely be seen above her Tibetan Terrier.
After judging was finished we lapped up the glorious sunshine as we watched the outside judging.