"Only because Haggischick will fall off her chair laughing at this.
East Aquhorthies stone circle near Inverurie. Only one signpost in the town centre for this site, you have to follow the direction and keep to the road without turning off. Best get the map out...
It was very liberating and the wet grass was wonderful underfoot"
[Ed Note - The reference to Haggischick suggests that this is a Flickr "in joke", but enjoy, as it's a pretty good photo.]
"Taken on Loch Ness.
Nessie's first famous recorded sighting was by St Columba in 565AD. Although there have been rumours down the centuries, it was in 1933 that the monster really hit the headlines. The A82 was being constructed, which involved much drilling and blasting along the west bank of the loch. During this '33 and '34 there were numerous sightings and this led to and inconclusive investigation.
Loch Ness is the largest loch in the UK, at 24 miles long, 1 mile wide and up to 740 feet deep. And, take it from me, it is freezing!!! 7 rivers flow into the loch, which lies in a natural geographical fault which stretches the width of Scotland. In 1822 the Caledonian Canal, built by engineer Thomas Telford, was completed, enabling ships to travel from the east to the west of Scotland. Later that year a photograph was taken by a London surgeon that seemed to show a sinuous head and neck rising out of the water.
Over the years there have been many sightings, photos and investigations - some resulting in interesting 'proof', others drawing a blank. But there are still sightings (some very sober, serious folk in our congregation clame to have seen something!), and there is always and air of mystery when you visit the loch."
"t's the Scottish Parliamentary elections today. For the past few weeks, politicians of all parties are eager to meet "ordinary" people and converse with them on the issues of the day. Ah well, back to reality tomorrow. Still, only four years until they next show any interest. Cynical? Moi? ;-)
Will the result reflect the commitment of those who had the longest ladders when it came to attaching posters to lampposts? Time will tell. Still...we have a new electronic counting system this time...just look how well it worked in Florida in 2000. ;-)"
And of course the quirky....