'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone

Friday, December 9, 2016

Abernethy and a Very Old Pictish Tower

A short stop in Abernethy to look at the Pictish Round Tower. One of only two left. We didn't climb to the top, but you can! This tower was thought to have been built around 1100. Click on the link above for a look around the website for this tower!

Abernethy is a very ancient town, thought to date back over 2,000 years ago! We didn't mooch around it much, really just stopped in to show me the tower. You can read about the town HERE.

This churches The Kirk of St. Bride and it was dedicated in 457 AD!

A monkey puzzle tree

This stone is dated to around 600 and was found on the foundation of a home and moved here to the tower last century. Pretty amazing to be around things so old!

And on my last evening in Scotland it gave me a double rainbow as a going away gift!

And that's it for this trip! Maybe, if I'm lucky, there will be another one!

Stay tuned for Panama Beach Florida next! That's where I am this week.

Peggy Ann

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Balmerino Abbey

After a lovely visit with James Oswald and his partner, Barbara we rode over to roam around Balmerino Abbey and the little village of Balmerino. Gorgeous area.

Tradition claims that this Spanish Chestnut was planted by Queen Ermengarde at the foundation of the abbey in 1229. However the National Trust for Scotland has taken core borings which indicate that it is between 400 and 435 years old. It has props all over to hold up its old branches!

This is just a ruin along the road not far from James Oswald's farm. He told me it was the ruins of Ballinbreich Castle, once home to the Leslie family IIRC.  The big house behind it across the Tay is Errol Park

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Read Scotland 2017

Yes, we're doing it again! Folks on Goodreads really like this challenge so I guess we'll go again. It wasn't too big on the blog, but we did get a list of over 100 reviews for it this year, thanks mostly to Jack Deighton! So I think we'll mostly focus on Goodreads this year. If your not on Goodreads, what are you waiting for?! It's full of wonderful readers and book groups and it's free!

We're going to do a couple read-a-longs over at Goodreads this year.  If you do Goodreads you might want to stop over there and sign up with our group. It's easier to chit chat there :)

If you need suggestions for Scottish authors and books check out the Read Scotland review pages, tabs at the top of the blog for the last three years.

Peggy Ann

Monday, December 5, 2016

Kenmore, Scotland

We drove through Kenmore on the way home from our trip to the Highlands. It was a surprise, a gem. Too bad we didn't have time to put it on our list of places to explore. It's a 16th century village and the Kenmore Hotel is the oldest Inn in Scotland. I'd love to get a chance to sleep there! If I'm remembering right it was built in the 1600's and has been a continuously operating Inn since. 

These are just a few photos as we drove along.

This one is where they were doing some logging. They plant acres of trees for logging all over the hills. And in the water is a small fish farm. You see this type of scene all over Scotland.
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