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Hogmanay Memory Lane (Part 2)

I have made a gallery of the most evocative photographs of 2013 for me.  It was Pup’s year and so he features quite a bit.  I had a life changing experience over the summer – represented by two images not previously shared here – the misty morning view of Kirrie Hill was taken the morning I launched the Steps Tay Health walks; I shared that picture with a special person.  The following week I saw this strange start to a rainbow which went on to be a rare double rainbow; I did not find out for a few days but that was the day that special person died – totally unexpectedly.  Three days later there was what I can only describe as a Rainbow storm (15 rainbows in 3 hours many of them double and/or supernumerary).  Finally organising the Christmas Market is represented by the tree and finishing with my boys curled up with the Cairn over the Christmas break.

It has been quite a year all in all.  I am still not in work so financially life remains tough; including having to fight to keep my home and the bank complaint is still not resolved.  The boys have been fantastic company and I wouldn’t have found it as easy to keep going without them both.

I started some studies using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and have met people worldwide which has been both amazing and scary.  One of those people was that special person.  I am sad that he has gone but happy that in a few short months we had a friendship filled with sharing, laughter and open communication – we both knew that we chatted because we each wanted to and there were no taboo topics of conversation.  I finally succeeded in not placing any conditions on another person and I have never missed someone so greatly when we were not actually chatting.

After he died some friends seem to have faded away – not sure whether they cannot cope with my feelings or they don’t know how to respond.  I always miss friends when this happens but I am not chasing after them so if they are choosing to walk a different path I wish them well and hope they will be happy.

Overall I have  a lot to be thankful for and this song has really stuck out for me these past few days …

There are two people I would love to share this with … but one of them I no longer can and the other, having shared the journey through life and grief for  a few weeks has now struck out on his own path … I will let my thankful heart sing out the song in the hope that he might hear it and know it is from me.


Somedays we forget
To look around us
Somedays we can’t see
The joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give.

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be.
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see.
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Look beyond ourselves
There’s so much sorrow
It’s way too late to say
I’ll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
It’s so long overdue

So for tonight we pray for 
What we know can be
And every day we hope for
What we still can’t see
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Even with our differences 
There is a place we’re all connected
Each of us can find each other’s light

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for 
What we still can’t see
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though this world needs so much more

There’s so much to be thankful for

Part of the reason I am able to be thankful despite the struggles is because I set out to find and learn from Serenity.  It has helped immensely and I have  aboard on Pinterest to keep reminding me of this.  For 2014 my OLW is “Successful” and I already have a board to represent this.  My dreams and plans of starting the hostel are still there but so are the challenges to overcome in getting started – including someone else considering purchasing the building.  I have to focus on getting some income and then hope I can still proceed with the hostel but if that building goes I can at least adapt my plan to another community, although that will feel sad after I have fought so hard to stay in this community.

So farewell 2013 … and bring it on 2014.  And to each of you (as they say hereabout) Lang may your lum reek …

We’re Off to Find Kangaroos … or Pup Gets Ruby Slippers!

So it has been a better puter day today and mostly it has kept working.  We have had another day of dreichness – but no more storms and it has started to get very stuffy again!  I have several strategically placed insect bites which are driving my batty and then I have Pup!

Pup has just been caught digging his way down under – the Roos disappeared as I went out with the camera and I just managed to hauled Pup back before he set off on his very own yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz!!  You’ll be telling me flying monkeys really exist in a minute?  So I have refilled the crater and admonished the little black furball and at least today there has been nothing alive for him to pick up and take away!

Yesterday I managed to get some nice pictures – which I then couldn’t upload with my technical glitches so here they are:

I had better go and check on the digger – he has disappeared back outside again …

It was a Bad Computer Day …

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… and it is already tomorrow and I am tired and grumpy and there is lightning outside … so I am going to quit and tidy this up tomorrow.  The red dangly things are no more – the birds have eaten them and Pup has picked up a decent size toad and is now fixated on finding it again … and why? well do you think having 666 drafts in my gmail might have been a factor … arrrrghhh!

Angus Gold (Press photo added)


A little bonus post for you …

A few days ago there was a headline in our local paper that a man had found a nugget of gold in Angus … is that unusual? well according to the comments not so unusual but I would go further and argue that we find Angus Gold every day that we stay here.  I woke up this morning to brilliant sunshine, tweeting birds and a golden drift of tete a tete narcissi in the garden.  My garden is wild and overgrown and I really must get out there and fix it up soon.

I have an added incentive now because the house on one side is recently vacated, the house on the other side is pretty much vacant during the week and a building site at weekends.  Plus I sense an uneasy truce with the old boy at the end of the garden who has been a thorn in my side … for the past four summers my garden has not been my haven because of  other people’s behaviours and now I have a wee window to claim it back.  But there in the middle of the muddle is some nodding in the wind Angus Gold.

However yesterday I witnessed a spectacle involving Angus’ other gold; I don’t have pictures I wish I could have captured it but it would have been difficult.  I saw what in the desert would be a sandstorm – except Angus isn’t a desert it is rich fertile agricultural land; and it is this rich soil combined with natural water sources on which Angus is founded.  An agricultural county which has always lived off the fat of the land but the good water sources then allowed diversification so hemp was grown, soaked in natural ponds and then taken to factories to be made into jute.  Water would also have powered mills for flour and even weaving and more latterly water has been adopted as a power source through small hydro electric schemes.

As I went into Forfar yesterday the scene along Strathmore was incredible – I can only describe it as a red gold mist; a swirling maelstrom, the like of which I have never seen in all the time I have stayed here.  The freshly ploughed and harrowed soil has been dried out by the recent strong winds and yesterday the wind was picking up fine grains of our rich red soil and whipping it into the air and away.

This doesn’t look very red golden does it? but this is what it was like for drivers on the dual carriageway past Forfar – now maybe you can see why my face was so sore!

Angus Sandstorm

Click on the picture to go through to The Courier article

Why am I writing this today instead of yesterday? well firstly because I forgot to tell you yesterday but secondly because I woke up this morning with a sore and swollen face and realised that the soreness in my eye last night was from the fine particles of soil in the air – why do I say that? well because when I was in Forfar it was like being sandblasted; I had sandy grains stuck in my lip balm – so I have given my lips a good exfoliation!  I hate to think what chemicals may have been hitting my face caught up in that soil.

Still is was a amazing sight to see Angus’ red gold getting turned into a mist!

More Purple Flowers …


Hopefully you remember the glorious sight of these purple crocus form the other day – and there they are today in all their glory … but now look more closely at this picture of the next group along … why do people think it is okay to damage, trample and break them?Damaged Crocus

I was able to salvage this bloom and drop it in the fence upright (that some one has taken the cap off!) to get a macro shot … I left it there for a few more folk to enjoy before it wilts – I can enjoy it forever now!Crocus

I was on my way to  a meeting when I saw those – going back to Fairlie House to meet with someone else from Community Learning and Development … this time about volunteering to help share IT skills with the Job Club members.  In their little Community Garden I found one of my all time favourite springtime flowers – a purple drumstick primula

Drumstick Primula

and on the way back I passed these pretty flowers

From purple flowers to small birds … a male Yellow Hammer posing on a fence

Male Yellow Hammer

and  a cheeky pied wagtail showing off …

Pied WagtailPied Wagtail

And the swooping flight of the lapwing


I am going to leave it there and come back to community stuff tomorrow – so much buzzing in my head that I need to sift!!!!

Another Quickie …

… not what you are thinking those at the back with the mucky minds! A quick blog post because I forgot I would be out at a Community Meeting and on top of that I have a raw throat, a sniffly nose (hayfever? since I have been out round trees the past few days) and a beginner headache!  Oh and I need a wee but if I get off my desk stool I will probably not get back to finish this so typing very fast!

Despite the pouring rain – I got on full waterproofs for today’s walk and didn’t take the big camera – Spring is marching on apace – here is the primrose update form last weeks leaves to these buds … and some full flowers:

By lunchtime so much water had come from the sky that the dykes and the burn were in spate – this branch of the bur was almost at a stand still yesterday but look at the torrent today?

I didn’t get a picture but on the way back Pup did a water retrieve to get himself a plastic bottle and then both dogs needed a really good rub down with the towel when we got back.

Other than the dogs I have packed quite alot in today – half a job application filled in, a tutorial written and then been along to the Community meeting – which I will tell you about tomorrow.  Hope my boots are dry for tomorrow and the rain has stopped!

Walking …

I had an appointment this afternoon so we set off earlier than usual for our pooch mooch.  Down the lane and onto the Estate we went and cutting down the woodland path back to the tree creepers bridge.  From here I ventured along the track Johnny showed me the other day and then turned off down to the woods.  This picture is looking back from the woods to where we had walked. Read More…

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