I don’t know if it is called Indian Summer in the Borders, but is absolutely great weather. Never a day of rain in a week temperatures during the day 20-21C. Nothing better.My pals Mel and Irene are on the move from Portugal to Toulouse France where today it is 32C or 90F for you older folks.
I have had couple of disappointments this past week. A 3 month sit on Salt Spring Island was knocked back. My e mail for the 2 year sit in Vancouver has not been opened, yet I continue trying for another sit.
This Wednesday we move south, Sasha and I will spend a few days in Melksham Wiltshire with my cousin Myra. Then we are to sit on the houseboat in Shoreham by sea. The Pub that Alix and I ran in 1971, is a five minute walk away from the houseboat if it is still there and in operation.
A couple of photos from out trek back to Hermitage. We stopped for a breather ( ha Ha ) in Fettercairn an old town with a prominent famous Distillery.
Fettercairn (Scottish Gaelic: Fothair Chàrdain) is a small village in northeast Scotland. It is located northwest of Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire on the B966 from Edzell. Fettercairn is also reached via the Cairn O’ Mount road (B974) from Deeside.
The shaft of the old 17th century Kincardine Mercat cross stands in the square, and is notched to show the measurements of a Scottish ell. Nearby the ruins of the long since abandoned county town and royal castle of Kincardine (Gaelic: Cinn Chàrdainn meaning “The head of the copse”, including the Pictish word carden, “copse” ) similarly Fettercairn (Gaelic: Fothair Chàrdainn meaning “Shelving or terraced slope at the copse”, containing Pictish carden) Kincardine stood about two miles northeast of Fettercairn, and by the end of the 16th century had declined to a mere hamlet, being represented now only by xv. 26 the ruins of the royal castle and an ancient burial-ground. ( )
Historically Fettercairn lies at the southern end of the Monboddo Estate, where the Scottish philosopher and precursor of evolutionary thought Lord Monboddo lived. Fettercairn houses the Fettercairn distillery (owned by Whyte and Mackay Ltd.) that produces the “Fettercairn 1824” single malt whisky
My apologies to Brad a connoisseur of fine whisky. I did not accept the free tipple (Dram) offered to all visitors.
Single malts are typically associated with single malt Scotch, though they are also produced in various other countries. Under Scotch Whisky Regulations, a “Single Malt Scotch Whisky” must be made exclusively from malted barley (although the addition of E150A caramel colouring is allowed), must be distilled using pot stills at a single distillery, and must be aged for at least three years in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres (150 imperial gallons; 180 US gallons). While the Scotch model is usually copied internationally, these constraints may not apply to whisky marketed as single malt that is produced elsewhere. For example, there is no definition of the term single with relation to whisky in the law of the United States, and some American whiskey advertised as malt whisky is produced from malted rye rather than malted barley.
Jack Daniels eat your Heart out ! ! ! !
More to come next time…….