What a Great Week in Peterhead .

Arrived in PH on ma oldest pals  70th....Welcome to the Club Amigo
Arrived in PH on ma oldest pals 70th….Welcome to the Club Amigo
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Joshua (Bobs Grandson) Ben Bob’s Son in law singing and waiting for the proverbial BLOW out

 

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Hands up if you Blew em all out in one go……. sure sure but not all 70.

Went to the Lawn Bowling with Bob No Camera (duh sorry) He introduced me to a fellow bowler 78. A former  Infantry man in Korea with the PPCLI and then remustered to RCEME. He was in Fort Chambly 1962  till 1965  I was there 1963 till 1966. He mentioned two names that I remembered and he decided he must have eaten  in the mess hall at least once when I was on Shift.

What a small World.

As usual wi Bobbie we walked and walked and walked. Had dinners at his daughters, then his son’s  then an cousin. Very nice indeed to be part of a doric conversation.

Cruden Bay Gala
Cruden Bay Gala
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Flags flying and a wonderful day
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Was unsure if this was the SHUTTLE BUS or the Shuttle Bus Stop?????

Cairn at Former RAF base.

Cairn at former RAF Peterhead. The British irships were tethered here and flew from here WW1. Then in WW2 Spitfires and Hurricanes were based here. The airfield went from 156 all ranks to %650 all ranks in 1942
Cairn at former RAF Peterhead. The British irships were tethered here and flew from here WW1. Then in WW2 Spitfires and Hurricanes were based here. The airfield went from 156 all ranks to %650 all ranks in 1942

The Northeast was famous for fishing, fishing folk and naturally the fish wives. Hard working ladies in their day Back Breaking cold work.

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Sasha absorbs some Buchan Culture
Sasha absorbs some Buchan Culture

Even Sash Looked askance at the fish guts.

Bob and I were driving home when we came upon this Lorry on its side its load scattered over the pavement What was the Load????

A lorry loaded with fish guts has overturned and spilled its cargo on the edge of a north-east town centre. The HGV was travelling through Peterhead when it’s load shifted, causing it to fall onto its side. No one was injured in the crash, which happened on Kirk Street at 12.25pm, but a major clear up operation is now underway.
A lorry loaded with fish guts has overturned and spilled its cargo on the edge of a north-east town centre.
The HGV was travelling through Peterhead when it’s load shifted, causing it to fall onto its side.
No one was injured in the crash, which happened on Kirk Street at 12.25pm, but a major clear up operation is now underway.
Even Sash Looked askance at the fish guts.
The Fish Guts did not impress Sasha at all.

On Wed evening I checked my e mail before going to bed…. Chloe Lorenzi had challenged me to the Ice Bucket Challenge. An old fella like me  It may give me a Heart Attack  ha ha ha  Ok Chloe your wish is my command.

Ice Bucket peterhead

My baby brother Joey mentioned he saw no Ice Cubes…well If you could feel the cold tap water in Scotland’s North East he would know there was no need for Ice Cubes it was BLeeDING cold  or as they say in Peterhead it was cal.

Meanwhile my Challengee Limey Williams is in Sunny Portugal. Next Blog will have his sunny Photos and I hope his Ice Bucket Challenge.

 

 

 

 

A Visit to Abbotsford,and a bit of Culture

No No dear family Friends and assorted readers. We did not go to Abbotsford BC today (a wee bit far) We went to a beautiful Heritage Home: ABBOTSFORD the home of Sir Walter Scott.

The Home of Sir Walter Scott.....Abbotsford
The Home of Sir Walter Scott…..Abbotsford
Entry Sign
Entry Sign
entry gate to the front of the house
entry gate to the front of the hous

Abbotsford was the stone-and-lime love of Scott’s life. It was his most cherished possession, but it also possessed him. He called it ‘the Dalilah of his imagination’, his ‘Conundrum Castle’ and his ‘flibbertigibbet of a house’ that would ‘suit none but an antiquary’. Architecture and interior decoration combine to make it an iconic building of the 19th century Scottish Baronial style. With its wonderfully eccentric collections and antiquarian atmosphere, it is a key site in the history of European Romanticism.

The name of Abbotsford has gone round the world: there are Abbotsfords in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. There are no fewer than three London streets named after Scott’s home. Already in his lifetime Abbotsford was a place of pilgrimage for curious and well-informed tourists and after Scott’s death it rapidly assumed the character of a literary shrine – something it has never entirely lost. A place of wonder and pilgrimage Abbotsford remains, evoking the spirit of one of Scotland’s greatest sons.

 

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A Sepia print from the Olde days

 

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Lady Guides in Period Dress
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The Huge House had underfloor heating. An oil fired furnace very chic in its day.
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A Lovely place to spend a day, they even have 5 star hotel rooms

6 The dogs were not allowed into the grounds or the house (even though Sir Walter had dogs) so they spent their time in the woods checking out the local critters.

Sitting patiently  listening and sniffing the air.......
Sitting patiently listening and sniffing the air…….
........  First of the mark Scooby
…….. First of the mark Scooby
Hey Guys over here  some SHEEP ! ! !
Hey Guys over here some SHEEP ! ! !