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Today we had a little visitor in the garden, snuffling amongst the leaves next to a hosepipe:

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Hedgehog with hosepipe.

Jolly good for the garden, hedgehogs, as they enjoy a diet of slugs and other such pests.

They’re so useful, in fact, that people have been known to steal them.

I remember an occasion in my childhood (a time that was filled with hedgehogs, in my memory) when I was playing in the garden with a chum who lived up the street. After playing at mine we went up to her house and told her dad about a hedgehog we’d seen in my garden. He asked us to show it to him, so we took him back to mine.

On being shown the hedgehog, he promptly pinched it and took it back to his own garden in the hope that it would eat his slugs. My mum wasn’t too pleased.

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Welcome, little visitor, do call again. Prime slugs are supplied free of charge.

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Just a quick post to mention that I’ve started a new blog as a gallery for my cards:

Lorna’s Cards

I’ve also recently started selling them in local craft shop, the Laird’s House, in Blairgowrie.

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Green bicycle, Pittenweem, Fife

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The small Perthshire town of Blairgowrie sits among rolling hills and farmland in the Vale of Strathmore.

The streets of the town slope upwards towards the north-west, and if you continue walking in this direction beyond the limit of houses, you soon reach the top of a small grassy hill called The Knockie.

The Knockie, being only a few minutes’ trot from where I live, provides an easily accesible bit of fresh air and exercise for someone who spends far too much time sitting at a desk. I try to get out for a little walk most days of the week and yesterday, thinking it was too long since I last did it, I felt inspired to go and look at the views from The Knockie.

The track up the hill is often very muddy, but is apparently being upgraded and will soon be covered in stones. I think it has a nicely old-fashioned look, bounded by lovely dry stone walls covered in moss:

When you reach the top of the hill, you can read a ghost story on a board:

The story concerns a Lady Jean Drummond, who lived at nearby Newton Castle around the 13th century. She fell in love with a chap from a neighbouring castle, but the two families were at war with one another over land rights, and any sort of romance was out of the question. Heartbroken, Lady Jean is said to have wandered out into the marshes, never to return. Her ghost, dressed in green silk, currently divides her time betwen the two castles, ever pining for her lost love.

A wooden seat has been thoughtfully provided so that you can sit and contemplate this tragic tale:

Yesterday was not the brightest of days, but on the other side of the hill from Blairgowrie there are good views of the surrounding countryside, and the distant Grampian mountains:

The track on the other side of the hill has a much better surface, being covered in tarmac for some of the way, and there are more mossy walls:

We’ve had a fair bit of stormy weather here lately, and I passed some trees that had not only been uprooted, but had taken the ground with them. I thought it looked as if a giant had come along and lifted up the carpet:

As I rounded The Knockie, the setting sun broke through the clouds casting a warm glow on the hillside to the east:

Over towards the west, the sky seemed to be on fire:

The atmosphere was hazy, but the lighting created this silhouette of a horse on the horizon:

By the time I got home, I felt I’d earned a small snackerel:

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A few photos in recognition of HM The Queen’s diamond jubilee:

Plant on a Jubilee napkin in Glenmuick Church, Ballater. I looked inside the box labelled ‘Favourite Hymns’ but there was nothing in it.

I was curious to know which mask was the most popular. All I can say is that there appeared to be no Queens and there was a spare pile of Prince Phillips.

Her Majesty getting her locks in order under the dryer for the big day.

Supermarket Tesco’s ¬†festive bunting:

A craft shop in Blairgowrie called The Workbasket has my favourite Jubilee window display. A collection of knitted Royals and all the letters of ‘Congratulations’ knitted. It’s a knitted marvel.

Where else can you see a knitted Archbishop of Canterbury?

Not to mention a knitted corgi

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It was a beautiful sunny morning in Blairgowrie today, and as a break from writing I popped into the town for a quick tearoom visit with my delightful assistant, and a mooch round the charity shops.

I was sure I had mentioned today’s tearoom before in this blog, but it seems not. Unfortunately, because I thought I had, I didn’t take many photos today and I only had my mobile phone camera. However, in lieu of doing a fuller post at some point in the future, here’s a little taster.

I had my usual here, i.e. a big fruit scone and a decaf latte. The scones are generally quite large in this place but today they were huge. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever had a bigger scone anywhere. The photos don’t do it justice, but you could try imagining something the size of a pair of fists belonging to someone slightly larger than average. When I look at it here it looks barely bigger than one fist, which I can’t understand at all. I remember it well and it seemed massive to me.

The latte was topped with a fluff of foam on top projecting beyond the rim of the glass, a nice touch making me feel I’d got more than I’d paid for.

After our coffee and scones we waddled slowly down the street, popping in and out of charity shops, inspecting the teacups for sale. I nearly bought some with gold rims and yellow flowers on them and goodness knows why I didn’t take a photo of them, but perhaps it’s just as well that I’m not reminded of them too much.

The sun was shining brightly, right up until I took a photo of some crocuses, when it ducked behind a cloud. Even so they were still a blaze of colour brightening up the grey street.

For the last couple of years there’s been a gallery and shop in Blairgowrie set up and run by the artist himself, but sadly I noticed today that it’s closing down. It had this notice in the window. It would be a good deal to get one free painting, never mind an extra wee one to boot:

That’s it for today’s swanning around, but it was a very nice little break from staring at a computer screen.

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