Tag Archives: scotland

2 lambs, 2 sheep, 2 turnips and a crow…

St Abbs head near the border with England…

Sea birds nesting on sheer cliffs away from predators, they look a bit like penguins but are Guillemots i think…

Below the cliffs and rocks crazy people dive in the sea…

St Abbs Head lighthouse and foghorn, automated since 1993, always wanted to live in one of these, still do i think…

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heritage of scotland…

Was admiring the sheer gaudiness of this shop front on the royal mile when this gent walked into my picture, could not believe my luck…He was very quick on his feet and yes, we all dress like that round here…Actually looking at these photos now it looks a bit like i am harassing the poor man in classic paparazzi style, but i kept my distance and i don’t think he actually noticed me…honest…

Incidentally, people have been living on this particular site for 7000 years and by the mid 1600’s there were around 70,000 people living within the royal mile, with tenements of 14 storeys and often 10 people to a room…

more…plus herbal superstition

All this vivid greenery that comes with the rain makes me think about a programme I watched recently about Gaelic food traditions in Stornoway (the western isles). They used to use wild thyme gathered on the moors to ward off witchcraft by tying it to cattle’s tails (mint was also used in the same way). It was also said to have healing properties and was tied to a child’s cradle to ward off the evil eye…good to know…

…a few more recently gathered meadows puddles just for the hell of it…

bench with a view…

macabre…

…so after the last post i was thinking i would make this a week of the macabre, and just as i was thinking this, i happened upon a dead crow (still stiff with rigor mortis beside a pile of feathers – guess he lost the fight) on princes st gardens…in the shadow of the rock and the castle…

Eating crow means to suffer humiliation. A group of crows (and sometimes ravens) is known as a murder of crows, similarly a parliament of rooks. Incidentally, like most things, we used to eat these birds in past times. In my local farmers market (on the other side of the castle rock) they sell rook meat for a few weeks in the year when they are in season (looks like pigeon breast but smaller and more expensive). If you google it you will find a lot of crow and rook recipes on line, including some from some very chi chi restaurants who FYI, also refer to squirrel meat as tree rabbit in order to make it more palatable for a potentially squeamish clientele.

The Crow Road is a novel by Ian Banks

“Away the crow road” is a Scottish saying meaning someone has died.

Crows have been used for the purpose of divination since the time of ancient Rome.

Finding a dead crow on the road is good luck.

Crows in a church yard are bad luck

A single crow over a house meant bad news, and often foretold a death within. “A crow on the thatch, soon death lifts the latch.”

In Scotland, a raven circling a house was said to predict the death of someone within.

The Romans used the expression “To pierce a Crow’s eye” in relation to something that was almost impossible to do.

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alpenfest2…

italian/swiss alps to scottish lowlands