The Capital Prague Czech Republic

 

    Czech Republic
Czech Republic

 

 

In a city RICH in History, Mel makes a modern discovery a Starbucks. He runs on Double Latte's  he he he he
In a city RICH in History, Mel makes a modern discovery a Starbucks. He runs on Double Latte’s he he he he  His next Challenge find a Serious Coffee in Tuebingen

Meanwhile Irene checks (get it ????)  Czechs out a spooky looking Cathedral in the Czech Republic.

This Church behind has a Spooky History
This Church behind has a Spooky History
The Church of Mother of God in front of Týn (in Czech Kostel Matky Boží před Týnem, also Týnský chrám (Týn Church) or just Týn), often translated as Church of Our Lady in front of Týn, is a dominant feature of the Old Town of Prague, Czech Republic, and has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. The church's towers are 80 m high and topped by four small spires.
The Church of Mother of God in front of Týn (in Czech Kostel Matky Boží před Týnem, also Týnský chrám (Týn Church) or just Týn), often translated as Church of Our Lady in front of Týn, is a dominant feature of the Old Town of Prague, Czech Republic, and has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. The church’s towers are 80 m high and topped by four small spires.
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Church of Our Lady 1256
Another View of Church of our Lady
Another View of Church of our Lady
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Prague Castle

https://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle/photogallery/prague-castle/10.shtml

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The Bridge of Saint George
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The Panoramic View from the Castle walls.
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Saint Vitus Cathedral
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Stunning Architecture which ever way you look.
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War Memorial and Display of Historical Photos of 1944

Thanks  guys for a great tour of Prague, Enjoy Deutchesland again for your next one month sit.

 

Empty Nest Syndrome and a Faux Pregnancy

Good Day folks,

you may think what a strange title for this post?? What is he on about. In a nutshell, I look into the nest that I can each morning to check on the chicks. Well what a shock they are gone. No signs of any disturbance ie a fox. Simply flown away. Boo Hoo.

The Faux or False Pregnancy for Sasha. She was in heat about a week or 10 days ago. She has been playing ( actually acting like a Hussy ) with the two boys Toddy n Scooby. She is now out of heat. However she is showing all the symptoms of pregnancy. I googled info and found that many female dogs in their older years will have a false pregnancy. This means she lactates, nests and does not eat as much. So as I get older I still learn things.

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Here Today
Gone today a Midnight Flit as they say in Aberdeen Doric.
Gone today a Midnight Flit as they say in Aberdeen Doric.

Now my baby, with her false pregnancy.

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Sasha acting Shy
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Always ready for a Gentle Tummy Rub

Even though the UK is in the midst of a Heatwave. Soups are still on my menu. Yum Yum  Today a pot of Cock a Leekie.

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Cock-a-leekie soup is a Scottish soup dish of leeks and chicken stock, often thickened with rice, or sometimes barley. The original recipe added prunes during cooking, and traditionalists still garnish with a julienne of prunes. [1] Anne Mulhern of Glasgow’s Willow Tearooms suggests that the reason for the addition of prunes dates back to times when only boiling fowls were available and prunes were added to increase the nutritional value of the broth.[2]

While it is called “Scotland’s National Soup,” it probably originated as a chicken and onion soup in France.[3] By the 16th century, it had made its way to Scotland, where the onions were replaced with leeks.[4] The first recipe was printed in 1598,[4] though the name “cock-a-leekie” did not come into use until the 18th century.[5]

I was Happy to hear that an old friend from Belleville  Lynda Hultquist , followed and thoroughly enjoyed the recipe for Cullen Skink.

Keep on following us….We are having a blast  2 new sits now on the Spet horizon. A trip to Inverness for 2 weeks, then all the way south to Sussex where  we will be sitting on a Canal Boat.

Then 9 Oct return to Scooby and Toddy in the Borders.

Visiting the MAXWELLS…..almost

Today the  hounds and I ventured to visit Caerlaverock Castle:

Caerlaverock Castle is a moated triangular castle first built in the 13th century. It is located on the southern coast of Scotland, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) south of Dumfries, on the edge of the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. Caerlaverock was a stronghold of the Maxwell family from the 13th century until the 17th century when the castle was abandoned. It was besieged by the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and underwent several partial demolitions and reconstructions over the 14th and 15th centuries. In the 17th century, the Maxwells were created Earls of Nithsdale, and built a new lodging within the walls, described as among “the most ambitious early classical domestic architecture in Scotland”.[1] In 1640 the castle was besieged for the last time and was subsequently abandoned. Although demolished and rebuilt several times, the castle retains the distinctive triangular plan first laid out in the 13th century. Caerlaverock Castle was built to control trade in early times.[2]

Today, the castle is in the care of Historic Scotland and is a popular tourist attraction. It is protected as a scheduled monument,[3] and as a category A listed building.[4]

Unfortunately no one was home my lifelong friends Dave and Marilyn Maxwell were not in residence ha ha ha . A very interesting Castle enjoy the Pics.

The Moated Castle from the Air (I did not take this Photo)

Air

 

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The Gated Entrance of the outer perimeter.
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Roadway from the Gate towards the Castle.
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Front Entrance the Draw Bridge has gone (probably stolen by the English)
Caerlever Castle
I smile for the camera BUT the hounds want to go on and enjoy the new sniffs.
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The Maxwell Coat of Arms. Still Visible after 7 plus Decades
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Hope you can read the sign.
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West Side Accomodations
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The apartments from the Terrace
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Three Floors High
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West Tower
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From Early Fortress to a Mansion for Laird Maxwell Daves Great Great great great great Great Great I think that’s enough Greats Uncle.
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The Moat from the Rear.

 

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No one Home Rear Terrace
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I wonder if he is related to Detective Murdoch of Toronto??
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Inside the Tower
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Looking up to the second floor
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Looking up to the top of the Tower from the central floor
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The Entrance to the Tower
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Checking for Intruders
Scooby playing Hide & Seek
Scooby playing Hide n Seek
An artists rendition...note the ships in the upper right that is the Solway Firth.
An artists rendition…note the ships in the upper right that is the Solway Firth.

For Maxwell aficionado  These castles  also belonged to the Maxwells including  one which still is a residence today in Pollockshaws

A few views of this Historic site from You Tube.

 

We then drove home, After a wonderful day. A must see for anyones Bucket list.

At home we checked on the chicks again all’s well.

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