There is Some thing Strange, in the Neighbourhood!

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There is something strange in the neighbourhood

As we entered deep into Stands Wood

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We kept to the path we followed the Signs

Not wanting to end up in some Witches Brine

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A greenish mist cast its eerie spell

And sure enough this is where Witches dwell

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What looked like a Victim had surely lost his way

He’d seen better days is what I would say

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We hid in the bushes as the Wagon flew by

It held screaming children with excited cries

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As ghouls and Ghosts jumped out at each bend

Thank goodness we were invisible my friends..

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As you can see we had a wonderful Walk today around Stands Woods of Chatsworth House In Derbyshire  where they put on a spectacular show for the children. I know of Two Adult ones who enjoyed them selves walking 3 hours in the Woods today meeting real witches and real ghosts and a werewolf.

My hats off to all of the staff  who stood in the wood all morning You were brill.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 

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The Isle of Mull~Enjoy

After our 45-minute crossing from Oban we re-boarded our bus which came over on the Ferry with us to make our way across the Island. Our driver set the ambiance by playing The Mull Of Kintyre made famous by Paul  McCartney .

Please click onto the gallery pictures this will take you to the enlarged versions with narrative below

We set off to cross the Isle of Mull for we had a date with another ferry to take us to the Isle of Iona.

We set off to cross the Isle of Mull for we had a date with another ferry to take us to the Isle of Iona.

The countryside so unspoiled dotted around with a few sheep and cattle here and there

The countryside so unspoiled dotted around with a few sheep and cattle here and there

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It was on the waters edge where we saw a sea otter swimming before I could focus my camera it had dived.

It was on the waters edge where we saw a sea otter swimming before I could focus my camera it had dived.

Although the island coastline covers some 300 miles there are less than 3,000 people living on Mull, with the island’s capital town of Tobermory accounting for nearly 1,000 of those.

The capital is Tobermory, unfortunately our trip did not include this picturesque colourful place which is featured on the Children’s BBC.. in the fictitious Preschool TV programme of Balamory  A link of Tobermory can be found here with its colourful cottages in another short video.

This was Bunessan Primary School. Here they take pupils from Nursery School to the age of Eleven years old.

This was Bunessan Primary School. Here they take pupils from Nursery School to the age of Eleven years old.

We were curious about the schooling on the Isle of Mull. Our Driver guide told us that the Children go to school on the Island until they are 11 yrs old.. After that they have to travel to the mainland on Scotland. He said it is nothing for a child to be travelling 2 hours before starting school and 2 hours back.  Which made my own 5 mile journey from our small village when I was small seem nothing at all.

A small community on the edge of the shore line .

A small community on the edge of the shore line  which we approached via a small bridge. 

This was the local Bus which traveled from the ferry port throughout the island and back. We were on our own bus following it for a short while until it took a different route

This was the local Bus which traveled from the ferry port throughout the island and back. We were on our own bus following it for a short while until it took a different route

Inlets merging with the coastline. This stream ran under the bridge we just went over.

Inlets merging with the coastline. This stream ran under the bridge we just went over.

Travelling along the coastal road on the Island. It was along such a shallow place among the sea weed we saw our first Otter who was swimming along and they he dived from view.

Travelling along the coastal road on the Island. It was along such a shallow place among the sea weed we saw our first Otter who was swimming along and he dived from view.

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The star attractions with many who visit are the with Golden and White Tailed Eagles, dolphins and basking sharks, deer, otters and puffins among other bird wild life. We were hoping perhaps of a sighting of a Dolphin on our crossing, (I think they had all swam out to Ireland!) Big smiles Bela.   But we did spot a sea otter swimming close to the shore line among the sea weed before it dived out of view. Too quick for me and my camera. But it was a joy none the less.

These views just kept getting better and better as we travelled the length of Mull

These views just kept getting better and better as we travelled the length of Mull

This spectacular cliff overlooked the other side of the bay from where we were travelling on the Isle of Mull . No wonder this is whole area is a sanctuary to wild life.

This spectacular cliff overlooked the other side of the bay from where we were travelling on the Isle of Mull . No wonder this is whole area is a sanctuary to wild life. And why those eco tourists keep on coming. 

You can see a small community her on the Isle of Mull in the distance. Small cottages were scattered here and there along the coastal road we were following.

You can see a small community here on the Isle of Mull in the distance. Small cottages were scattered here and there along the coastal road we were following. Many stood isolated miles from others. I wish I had had more time to explore the Isle of Mull, but its memory will remain embedded deep within my heart 

 I hope you enjoyed the Isle of Mull as much as  I did.  

Enjoy your Weekend

~Sue~

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Ferry Crossing from Oban to the Isle of Mull

I hope you are all enjoying your week so far? Well here at last I have managed to find time in-between my catch ups here on WP and gardening, plus I started  a knitting project just before I went on holiday which I am now three quarters of the way to finishing.. My hands are rarely still smiles.. 

Ferry

This photo I did not take.. Photo credit is HERE and more about How one can get across to the Isle of mull and the Isle of Iona is found also at this site. Credit Source:http://www.welcometoiona.com/index.php?id=10

So I hope to tell you this journey in picture format.. So all aboard the Ferry as we set sail from the town of Oban  heading for the Isle of Mull and then later that day to travel to the Isle of Iona.. But today’s post is all about that Ferry ride and the Isle of Mull.

Oban shore line as we set sail on the Ferry. We went to the top deck to get the scenic views as it was such a wonderful morning

Oban shore line as we set sail on the Ferry. We went to the top deck to get the scenic views as it was such a wonderful morning. So stood in the fresh air with the wind in our faces 

The water was calm as it reflected the blue of the sky

The water was calm as it reflected the blue of the sky, and we could not have picked a better day for our trip to the Isle of Mull and Iona. 

Full Steam ahead as we look back to the mainland of Oban Scotland

Full Steam ahead as we look back to the mainland of Oban Scotland

Dunollie Castle is built on the headland at the entrance to Oban Bay. This castle is visible as you sail into or out of Oban Bay, and is shrouded in the trees

Dunollie Castle is built on the headland at the entrance to Oban Bay.
This castle is visible as you sail into or out of Oban Bay, and is shrouded in the trees

Castle Dunollie belonged the MacDougall clan. It was gifted to his Son Dugall when Somerled Lord of the Isle died in the year of  1164.  Its foundations are said to date back to the Iron Age.  Dugall became the first chief of one of the most ancient clans in Scotland. And this small castle is steeped in History more of which can be found at this Link  about the families  eventual down fall to the supremacy of Robert The Bruce. Better known perhaps as Braveheart..

 The History of Wallace and Robert the Bruce can be found at this Link    I hope those who are interested in Scottish History do follow the links, as it makes this journey even more interesting to see the places steeped in so much history. 

We travelled on and I was clicking away at everything that came into view  if you click each photo within the gallery you will find narrative below them. This Light house came into view next 

 

Eilean Musdile Light House bacomes visible as you cross from Oban to the Isle of Mull

Eilean Musdile Light House becomes visible as you cross from Oban to the Isle of Mull

This was another Castle which appeared on our left as we traveled to Mull

This was another Castle which appeared on our left as we traveled to Mull

Another Zoom shot.. This is Duart Castle.. more of which I will explain about the scaffolding below.

Another Zoom shot.. This is Duart Castle.. more of which I will explain about the scaffolding below.

 Duart Castle  greets you from the ferry when you sail out of Oban harbour.

When we sailed by we could see as we got closer that scaffolding now encircled this old Castle. I read up on returning home and because of the huge amounts of rain we had in 2013’14 the castle lost four ceilings due to water penetration through the chimneys. There is now an appeal on going for donations to help restore it.. This castle is still open and again more can be found at the link above. 

 The Isle of Mull is for next time.. Wishing you All a wonderful week

~Sue~  

 History Source Credits:

http://www.duartcastle.com/visit/duart-castle/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eilean_Musdile

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oban

http://www.dunollie.org/

http://www.dunollie.org/dunollie-castle-conservation/histor/

 

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomand

Loch Lomand

The second day we set off to explore more of Loch Lomand..  This loch is one of the largest Fresh Water lochs in Scotland and is around 25 miles long  around 39 Km.  There are numerous small islands too within the Loch itself I believe our guide on the boat said around 30 . Loch Lomond and Trossachs area of Scotland was awarded National Park status in July 2002. And you can see why this beautiful land needs to be preserved in its natural state.

All aboard

All aboard

There was no better way to explore the length of Loch Lomand other than an hour long excursion on a cruise boat.  So off we sailed and below are the views we saw along the way.

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This wonderful house is called Cameron House

Loch Lomand Cameron House

In front of it sat a small sea plane, which we saw take off, if you click the link on Cameron House you will find out more about this House which eventually was bought and turned into a luxurious Hotel.

Sea Plane in front of Cameron House Hotel

Sea Plane in front of Cameron House Hotel

Sea Plane in flight

Sea Plane in flight

Further along in our cruise we passed the Maid of the Loch moored up to the Key-side. 

The Maid of the Loch

The Maid of the Loch

This is the last paddle steamer built in Britain. Once upon a time Paddle steamers would be on the loch dating back to 1818.  This one was loving restored. It is now open to the public as a venue in which weddings can take place and a Tea-room where visitors can have refreshments.  She officially was placed on the UK “Designated Vessels List” which recognises vessels of “Substantial Heritage Merit with Local and regional significance.

After our cruise we walked through a large shopping area and walked to the edge of the loch where the Maid of the Loch was moored up.  

Edge of Loch Lomand and the Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer

Edge of Loch Lomand and the ‘Maid of the Loch’ Paddle Steamer

You can see in the space of that couple of hours how the sky began to clear and it was beautifully Sunny for the rest of the day. This was how each day was while we were in Scotland. Beginning with cloudy mornings which by midday the Sun was shining through. 

Maid of the Loch

Maid of the Loch

We sat here many a while soaking up the Sun and the view.

We sat here many a while soaking up the Sun and the view.

We watched a family use their own peddle power out into the loch on this beautiful day.

We watched a family under their own steam row out into the loch on this beautiful day.

And enjoyed watching the gulls sunny themselves too in the shallows.

And enjoyed watching the gulls enjoying the Sun in the shallows.

I hope you enjoyed this tranquil journey as much as we did. Next time will be the Ferry ride out from Oban to the Isle of Mull and what a beautiful calm day that was , and the views not to be missed. 

Have a wonderful week, I am still in the process of catching up with you all so hope to see you all soon. 

Love and Blessings 

~Sue~ 

Source Credits:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Lomond

http://www.maidoftheloch.org/about/steamship/

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Scotland’s Pure Beauty and History

Moody early morning sky that soon cleared to bright sunshine

Moody early morning sky that soon cleared to bright sunshine

Scotland has so much history and I soaked it all up along with the amazing views and the fresh clean air of Sunny clear days, not a drop of rain did we have all week. A first for all of our visits to this beautiful part of Scotland.

We obviously picked the right week to visit as this week Scotland has had lots of rain and its first snow shower yesterday on Ben Nevis

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This was the Hotel in which we stayed The Ben Doran, in Tyndrum.  photo credit Link HERE 

We were based in the village of Tyndrum in Loch Lomond in the The Trossachs National Park. The village is notable mainly for being at a junction of transport routes. The West Highland Line railway from Glasgow splits approximately 5 miles (8 km) to the south at Crianlarich, with one branch heading to Fort William and the other to Oban. Tyndrum has a station on each end of this small village whose population is less than 200 people .

Tyndrum is also interesting as around 2 miles from the village is a Gold Mine situated upon the hillside of Beinn Chùirn. Although this mine has not been mined to its fullest potential as yet.

Travelling to Inveraray along the shores of Loch Fyne

Travelling to Inveraray along the shores of Loch Fyne

The first day saw us head out for Inveraray  to which we have visited before, Some of you may have read the post with my pictures inside Inveraray Jail before in May along with poem and pictures entitled Altering The System

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Castle stands on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s’

This impressive castle  was said to be inspired by a drawing by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard and started its build in 1746 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll. The castle took 43 years to complete and cost in excess of £300,000. Think of that in today’s money! It must have cost millions of pounds.. Again showing the great divide between rich and poor.. 

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So as you approach,  Inveraray along Loch Fyne on the A83 it actually follows one of Wade’s old military roads; Aray Bridge, just before the castle, dates back to 1775 and is one of wade’s famous military bridges.   This is the bridge..

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Aray Bridge, Built by General Wade

At that time Inveraray was isolated and it’s roads were rough tracks. The nearest descent road fit for carriages to travel was over 40 miles away.  So it was that General Wade was sent north to undertake the task, and set about creating a network of roads and bridges which would ensure that troops could be rushed from strategic bases in Fort William, Fort Augustus or Fort George to tackle any insurrection. This was due to the unrest of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 to control the clans so that troops could move about easier through the Highlands.

Along the road we saw the monument watch tower above the castle  I hope you have enjoyed our first  day as we viewed Nature is in her raw state among the lochs and glens, her beauty is constantly changing as the light shifts throughout her mountains and shorelines. 

If you are interested in the history or need to know more about the places mentioned, I have included many links within this post to seek out further information. 

Have a wonderful Week 

Blessings Sue 

 

Source Credits:

http://www.tarbertlochfyne.com/

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/inveraray/inveraraycastle/

https://en.wikipedia.org

http://www.inveraray-argyll.com/inveraraymobile.html

 

Connecting back with Nature

Travelling through the Trossachs in Scotland

Travelling through the Trossachs in Scotland

 How quickly a week has flown, and yet so much got packed into one week I am still only just coming down to earth after our much needed break away in Scotland.

This visit we chose to visit the Isles so we travelled out to explore the Isle’s of Mull, Iona and Bute.  Each Isle had its own special surprises and I hope to share a little in the next few posts about each one of them. Lots more photo’s will be posted soon.. 

In the mean time I will leave you with a video I found today, and it explains better than I why all of us should spend more time out in Nature.. Absorbing her beauty and respecting her.. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and enjoy the words of Gary Turk. 

Love and Blessings

Sue 

The Damage We Do…

This post is scheduled and I resurrected an old poem as I watched today  Wednesday how the weather is lashing back.. My thoughts are with all of you and those of you who have been battered by the resent storms.

I see how devastating the storm of Hurricane Matthew has swept through.  My thoughts go to those in the Bahamas and Cuba and to the people of Haiti whose flimsy homes have been blown and washed away..

To my USA friends stay safe if  you are in the path of this storm..

A poem I wrote below reflects how badly we have treated our Earth Mother in the Past..  And I can not help but feel our Earth’s Mothers heart as she lashes her breath to wake us all up to her power..

What Have We Become?

 

What have we become that we cannot begin to see?

The Damage that we’ve done to our Ocean land and Trees,

We belch out pollution, pumping veins in Mother Earth

Spewing out our poisons that pollute around her girth

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Her Ocean floors we’ve blackened, turning all to red,

And blood is on our hands as our sea-life is now dead

What have we become that we cannot begin to see?

The damage with we do which affects both you and me

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The aerosols we spray like the Chemtrails across our sky

Leave a trail of poison and no one is asking Why?

Rainforests disappearing a hundred species every day

Some we’ll never see, for we wiped them clean away.

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What have we become that we feel we need to kill—

Everything around us, Is this Free Will?

I often shed a tear as I feel our Mother’s pain

For I know it’s now the time as she screams with wind and rain.

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It’s time that we were shaken to realize our mistakes

How we’ve pillaged, raped and stole and Take, take ,take

Never do we honour or give her back respect

We just take her life for granted, abuse her and neglect.

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Can we not see as we cut down all her trees?

We cut the very air that each of us do breathe.

What have we become as we kill for greed and power?

Our Mother now chastises in this our final hour

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Her anger is just beginning to make her presence felt

For mankind is just an insect, as we reap what we have dealt

Her sigh is now heaving on the Winds of discontent

As she reflects all of our Anger over the centuries we’ve sent.

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What have we become that we cannot begin to see?

We are destroying our Planet along with it you and me.

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