Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Walled Garden, Dunvegan Castle

There are several gardens on the grounds of Dunvegan Castle.
They range in style from very loose and unstructured to tightly organized and contained - this is an example of the latter; the walled garden.  It is a perfect square as far as I could tell and is surrounded by 3.6 metre high stone wall.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Gardener's Shed

This piece of retired vintage gardener's equipment has been given a place of honour in a former shed within the walled garden at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye

Monday, August 18, 2014

Men in Kilts

So do people in Scotland actually wear kilts as part of their normal day to day 'kit'?  Of course!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kiltmakers Shop

There are loads of folks around the world who never miss a chance to make a smart remark about those who wear kilts.  They are however a very practical garment and when worn properly and with respect for the tradition there's nothing that looks sharper in my view.  This shop window was observed in St. Andrews.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beach Offerings

This plant material was deposited on the beach near Dunvegan.  I thought they'd be as little squishy underfoot but they were in fact quite robust and did not break when stepped on.  It was rather like walking on ping pong balls.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Black & White Details From Along the Dockside

This photo was taken with the iPhone Hipstamatic along a dockside on the Isle of Skye.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Rather Old Post Box

Queen Elizabeth started her reign in 1952.  You will often see the initial E R (with a crown between the two letters) denoting Elizabeth Regina (regina being latin for Queen) on objects warranting a royal designation.  Here we see a post box dating from the reign of her father King George and bearing the insignia G R which stand for Geore Rex; rex of course being latin for king.  And so we therefore know that the next iteration will C R for Charles Rex and then after him W R for William Rex and the back to G R when the infant Prince George is King.  So this post office will be right back in style in, oh, about 60 years or thereabouts.