Posts tagged ‘Scotland’

Back in Canada

but we’re not home! right now i’m in the hotel lock up going on 3 days. home is a short 5 or 6 hours up the highway when they let us out. i’ve got a little blue car waiting for me and up there where i come from, is a river!

the grand and glorious sunsets at the town of Ayr! we certainly saw some beauties and thank goodness this time around we shot some video! most of them i posted to my youtube channel yesterday. we left the town of Ayr at 2 a.m. June 6th. hustled up to the Glasgow airport for 6 a.m. went to Schiphol for 9 a.m. and away to Canada, 7 hours, Schiphol to Toronto. it was a great day for flying and KLM took very good care of us.

the sunrise at Ayr was also amazing. and the swans… what lovely and elegant creatures. i loved watching them swim past. i could definitely hear The Swan (Saint-Saens) playing in my mind as i watched them work their way past me.

one last look at the scenes around the town of Ayr at sunrise-they really gave me and Joe the clubhouse seats in this town! the free show was on going, looking out those windows.

one last look at the studio! that last day for the few of us they had come in started at 650 a.m. and ended at 1045 p.m.! when i walked out of there for the last time i was thinking i sure am glad they don’t need us on Friday!

flying into Schiphol on KLM. beautiful morning for a flight and we were all glad to be on it! this covid bizz makes getting around from place to place a bit of a hassle… still worth it though! the grand scenes in every direction over 40 plus days: wowza! what an adventure!

one last look at Scotland, down there somewhere is the town of Glasgow. it was another beauty flight, NOT packed in like sardines but this time given the run of the place! and those super gorgeous KLM stewardesses certainly took great care of us!

right back where we started: at Pearson International, Sunday afternoon, June 6th. goodness by the time we got off the plane, through customs, and over to the Sheraton for lock up, this boy was TRASHED! all used up. so i was happy to hit the bunk and try and sleep it off.

now if they asked me to go again: you bet i’d be on board with that trip! but the next trip for me is north! to the great Manitoulin Island! a few days on the range is going to be exactly what the doctor ordered!

the mighty skies in Scotland

we’re on the beach in the town of Ayr, on light duty as the boss has cut us some slack. truth is the boss has let us go and so we’re free range until Sunday when we get our bug out papers. and so this boy has been riding the rails! went down to the town of Stranraer the other day, beauty! then up to the town of Helensburgh, that was yesterday, also very beauty! but today we’re chilling at the ocean view crib and i just saw four large swans swimming past. wow. the sky is blue but the Firth of Clyde is a deeper blue.

the photo above, that was last night, June 1st. wowza.

on the Helensburgh Pier, June 1. what a scene! tide was out and that ocean air was a bit… hmmm. how shall we say it? well let’s just say there was no shortage of critters left high and dry while those ocean waters receded. nothing a 2 o’clock tipple couldn’t take care of! (ha!)

our last evening in Stirling: the skies as seen from that walk way across the tracks. that town had it all in the sky department! and my little Scottish gal pal… she didn’t come by to send me on my way the next morning… (blues song goes in here.)

the beach at Ayr, on May 25th. the bosses moved us out of Stirling and put us up in a swanky crib just 2 minutes up from the beach. that crib was bells on wheels but one of the boys came down with something on May 26th and the next thing you know: the covid alarm was ringing and me and joe were moved out on the 27th! of course it was all a false alarm.

that night, May 26th, i was working up a hunger but we were late getting back from the office and all the stores were closed! you see i had my mind made up about doing some home cooking at the swanky new crib. anyway, i found myself at the Ayr India diner and this was the view outside the window where i was parked. holy wowza!

swans on the Firth of Clyde: lovely looking birds and there are 14 of them here. what elegance!

some of the office troop enjoying the sunset as seen from the Ayr Pier on May 29th. you see by this point in time that news story came in about the 215 killed in action at the Kamloops Indian Residential School and quite a few of us older guys, well we’ve lived through a few things and some of us are up close to what happened. i never went to I.R.S. but what went through something different, and very costly as half the boys are dead and the other half missing in action.

what happened is on Monday, May 31, the top bosses allowed us natives to have a ceremony down by the river, a little something to honour those KIA. one of the lads, Micmac, led the ceremony with a brief speech to those who weren’t in the know about Canada and the IRS, a prayer in his language, a moment of silence, an honour song in the Anishnabe language, and then placing of tobacco, into the river. all of which meant something to me as father with 2 daughters. what struck me the most though, was when the honour song was over and we were all turned at the same time, all of us natives, in 200 years ago era outfits, to walk toward the river to place the tobacco. the local folks up on the hill observed this and i’m not sure what reaction they were having, seeing this. but as an anishnabe person, watching the scene, it rattled me down to the core.

Dunbar, Scotland

it’s on the east coast and the mighty North Sea is right there. i visited the town on Monday, May 17th but i just had to go back for another look yesterday, Saturday, May 22nd.

last Monday was glorious but on Saturday the wind was up and these enormous waves were crashing in! now i’m from Manitoulin Island and we have the great Lake Huron rolling up on our shores but it’s nothing like the North Sea!

these pictures don’t capture the size of the scene or the sound that goes with it. those 2 waves rolling in must be 10 feet high!

Joe was there and wanted me to snap a photo of him with the wilds going on behind him and one of those big ones came rolling in, hit the rocks and the water flew up in the air about 50 feet! the water came crashing down on Joe and nearly swept him out to sea! (i shot a video of it and i hope he shares it!)

of course i got a laugh out of that but it was about an hour later when i got a little too close to the edge and BOOM! soaked!

ah yes, the town of Dunbar and the North Sea, awesome place to spend a Saturday afternoon! back home on Manitoulin Island it was around 33 C on this day, over here in Dunbar it was maybe 13 C!

i’m not sure how high that sea wall is, 50 feet? but you can see the water that slammed up against it is splashing up over the wall. wowza! what a show. and well worth the trip back to Dunbar. after Joe got himself soaked he started out for town for a look around. i’d already done the look around on Monday so i stayed out there on the rocks with the wind and the waves! i don’t get to see a show like that out where the lighthouse used to be at Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island!

i did shoot a half hour’s worth of videos but the internet here is slow! i’ll wait until i get back home to load the video and hopefully you’ll see just how wild and crazy this awesome show really was!

i wonder what it must be like out there when it’s really storming!

Tourist Action: Scotland (2)

we’re 29 days on the road! 11 of which were spent in that dreaded quarantine but we’ll forget about that and instead remember the beauty scenes in every direction over here!

in Dunfermline on Saturday, May 15th: there is some major old time history in this town! you’ll have to boot up the town name for all the details as there are many!

the Stirling Bridge on May 16th. this 15th century beauty is just down stream from where the wooden bridge used to be.

the skies over Stirling always seem to be filled with such drama! this is the view looking north, from the foot bridge that goes over the tracks at the Stirling train station. the hotel we’re staying at is to the right of the frame.

the east coast at the town of Dunbar, on May 17th. that’s the North Sea out there! it moves quite differently than say the water rolling in at Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island! huge amounts of power down there! spooky to this anishnabe! those cliffs are filled with sea bird nests and so you can imagine what music they make. and that fresh ocean air is quite different. yes. this place needs to be seen again. Dunbar is just past Edinburgh and a measly 17 local bucks to get there from Stirling. one of the locals said they call the place: Sunny Dunny, for the micro climate they have there, and yes it was a beautiful day. and warm for a change! no need for 2 hoodies!

Church of Scotland, town of Dunbar, lawn bowling club out front, North Sea out back.

Church of Scotland, looking north. to the right and about a 15 minute walk north is that wild and rugged coast line. i had to stop at the cemetery and see a few names, didn’t find the two i was looking for!

the Volunteer Arms, an awesome club just up from the harbour and those wild cliffs. and so this artist and artsy friend of mine used a word in a recent email: tipple. i’d not heard the word spoken until i came upon this patio with a few of the very friendly locals up there enjoying an afternoon splash. they saw me approaching, my CANADA hoodie advertising, and one of them shouted down: it be time for a tipple lad? we got to chatting over a Tennent’s er two and i soon learned they had relatives in Grande Prairie. they asked how long would it take to drive from my home to Grande Prairie and I said about week, if you pulled over for the night. that one caused a gasp from everyone about the place. i told them you might as well go all the way to Alaska if you’re up that far. (we’ve driven it a couple of times!)

the Scottish country side flashing past the windows on the way from Dunbar back to Edinburgh on the afternoon of May 17th. lovely scenes out that way and i’ll be sure to go back before we leave for home.

railroad bridge over the river Carron, town of Larbert, May 18th. i’ve been rolling across that bridge going to and from, saw that trail as we rolled past and got to thinking: i’d like to see that up close. it was a pretty dreamy little scene! bird song in every direction!

Larbert Old Church, that’s what they call the place. some of those stones had dates on them going back to 1790! still looking for those 2 names!

back in Stirling, on the walk way over the rail yard, those skies of Stirling! always filled with wild and dramatic clouds!

more to come but i think the boss wants us to report in tomorrow, so our tourist days might be behind us for a little while.

Tourist Action: Scotland

i was hoping to document all of the wonderful scenes along the way, as they happened, but here we are more than a week into freedom and already, 25 days on the road!

since May 5th it all starts right here: Stirling Train Station. our hotel is just to the left of the frame and that walk way is how we get to town, about a 15 minute walk.

the Crow Tavern! ha! not sure where this is but i’m riding the rails on my way to the town of Ayr, saw that and thought hey! i should stop in there for an afternoon splash.

swanky crib in the town of Ayr. i’m on my way from the train station to the beach! sunny and beautiful but gosh darn cool out there! i’m wearing two hoodies and a toque!

there she is: the beach at the town of Ayr, and out there, the Firth of Clyde. just 20 bucks local to ride that train from the town of Stirling to Ayr, round trip, and taking about an hour one way with a stop in Glasgow to switch trains.

it was Pitlochry on Thursday, town of Ayr on Friday. great way to spend an afternoon!

town of Lenzie on Monday. saw this out the window on the way back from Ayr and thought yes, i have to get a closer look. just 14 bucks local cash for the there and back from Stirling. not a pub anywhere to be found!

Garngaber Ave, town of Lenzie, looking west. wowza! there are some mighty fine and OLD properties along this stretch of road. check out my youtube channel for a little movie of this place. super swanky cribs on either side of the road and lush!

Scottish country side blazing past the windows, i’m on my way back to Stirling.

oh my goodness lad stay just one hour when you visit the pub and chat up the locals! holy smokes… the No. 2 Baker Street pub is in Stirling, on the way from the train station to the hotel and i thought i would pull over and have an afternoon splash but once those old timers get onto you, they want to hear about it. and they want to hear that wild accent of mine! (me with an accent, ha!) and they like to buy you a drink. oh boy…

the dreamy and big skies of Scotland as seen from the Beefeater diner and bar, in Stirling. the way it is these days is you can go in for a meal but you can’t have a drink with it. if you want a splash you have to sit outside on the patio which at times, can be mighty cool! on this evening though it wasn’t bad. things are supposed to turn around on Monday, we can go into the pub for a splash instead of doing that patio thing.

back in Glasgow on Thursday, George Square. the covid cops are everywhere in this town! rode in for just 8 bucks local cash, return. thought i would enjoy some lunch but you need the mod technology for the trace to gain entry to the diners and pubs and… this old boy doesn’t have the know how with the mod tech so no lunch in Glasgow for this boy!

that kooky scene outside the Gallery of Modern Art, on Queen Street. the Duke of Wellington just can’t seem to get rid of that hat! it was on there in June 2018 and here we are again, May 2021, the dude is still sporting it!

went in for a snoop and saw a 1969 Andy Warhol soup can print! awesome!

the mega crib just outside the Waverley train station, town of Edinburgh, Friday afternoon. i just had to go back and see the Royal Mile and the castle up on the hill. the Royal Mile was a ghost town on Friday at 2 p.m. myself and a few other tourists and that’s it! they’re way more relaxed in Edinburgh compared to Glasgow when it comes to the covid cops, and for the tourist, that’s a good thing! we’re here to enjoy.

i have some fun videos of these trips and i’ll post them to my youtube channel as soon as we have better internet! took about 3 hours to upload that Pitlochry video…

more travel scenes to come! it is Saturday, day is just starting, so we’ll see what fun there is to be had.

Thursday in Pitlochry

the boss cut us some slack so i hit the rails on Thursday and went straight back to the town of Pitlochry! that was our rallying point back in 018 and i sure spent a few hours over at the Coach House playing the waiting game. also spent a few loverly afternoons at the McKay, enjoying their dining.

when we were up there in 018 i took a lot of photos but no movies! not sure what my problem was around that but anyway on Thursday i had the cameras rolling.

i also thought, when rolling out of that town in 018, i’d never see it again!

hey it was COLD up there! no b/s. i had my spring wear and man you needed your winter gear! i walked up and down the streets a few times and caught a chill. in a normal world i’d just pull into one of the little shops and warm up with something but in these times, if you want a splash, you can’t have one in the club! you have to stay on the patio! what is the world coming to? needless to say standing around in the freezing winds with a splash never made any sense to me so it was a short visit to the town of. i did have lunch at the McKay and i’ll say this: the haggis was tasting mighty gamey! the neeps and tatties were awesome but the haggis needed to be followed by something off the red wine list!

2 hours of sightseeing was all i could manage in those frosty climes so it was back on the train and rolling south. up there in Pitlochry there are some mighty high cliff faces, big trees, and big green but just south of there it turns into rolling farmlands, low hills and a lot of sheep! saw some deer, pheasants, swans (one of them was on the nest!) and a bunch of other smaller birds we don’t have in Canada. beauty scenes in all directions, a brand new landscape for this boy. i tried to film the scenes flashing past the windows but the camera kept focusing in on the window itself and not the scenes beyond! darn!

so here is a short vid i made of that fun and frosty adventure!

a walk around the block

and so!  a walk indeed!  and in this town…  oh my goodness there are mad capped scenes at darn near every turn and pretty much down every straight away.  the noise is what we can’t share here, online.  you have to come here to these mad streets.  five minutes will do it.  yes we are a long way from the river, the blue and the green.

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unknown artist and paint station, outside the Rideau Centre, November 3rd.  it was clear to me she had talent and if you took her up a notch, switched out the dollarama paint and canvas for some big leagues gear, i’m certain she could show something in one of the many indie galleries in this town.  she wanted 40 bucks for that little picture she was working on.

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invisible man?  around here you never know…   outside the Rideau Centre, November 3rd.

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spooky window display, Somerset West near Spadina, November 6th.

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more weirdness in the same shop window…  Somerset West and Spadina, on the mild night of November 6th.  me singing:  i’m an Anishnabe in the Capital City…  (sung to the tune of Sting’s Englishman in New York)

when you’re out walking and sporting the “artist’s eye”…  goodness gracious, so many “things”.

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what form!  with a silver hand…  shop window in the St. Laurent Mall, November 7th.  those super stretch fabrics, now i wish they had those when i was young!  (ha ha!)

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ah yes…  what form.  put some heels on there and you’d really have something.

if you have 8 minutes, here is a song i wrote and performed back in the summer of 1995, recorded on a 4 track Fostex, one night in a diff city, many moons ago.  before the internet.  back when my rock and roll band:  NR, was planning on being something.  ah but nothing makes the Great Spirit laugh more than a man with plans.

for the youtube video: i went out one night, twenty years after i wrote and recorded the song, in this very city, camera in hand, and shot those pictures:  headless figures (children too!), lifeless eyes, bare heads, flashy clothes, big lights, right next to the dispossessed, the have nots, the sick and the old, and the grey, placed next to a little First Nations “made in China”, thrown in for good measure.  military medals along side a public service message showing a cigarette pack filled with bullets and someone’s scrawl:  Funding natives to buy back their land 1 acre at a time…  yes it was my attempt at Anishnabe movie making/story telling.  (oh yes!  that first and very long 2 minutes of yours truly in his pow wow dancing gear-i plugged that in (just ahead of the Joseph Boyden scam which became an amusing and a down right hilarious news item right around Xmas 2016) as a confirmation that yes indeed, yours truly is an actual indian as defined within the terms and conditions of the indian act, and handled by indian and northern affairs Canada)

so where was i going with all this?  oh yes.  what i mean to say is i’ve walked these streets before.  and some things seem to never change, all we’ve done is switched out the characters and moved in some new ones.

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back to the walk around the block:  the cops on Blake, November 8th, where hookers roam, sometimes pimps, and men alone in all makes and models of cars cruise very slowly up and down the streets.  you don’t need warning signs to tell those boys to slow down on our quiet neighbourhood streets!  all we’re missing with this scene is the background NOISE.  the roar, the sirens, the continuous horn honking…  sheesh!

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unknown young man who has clearly lost his marbles, sitting in the very cold wind outside a Rotten Ron’s, Montreal Road and St. Laurent, November 9th, at noon.  he was out there for an hour, smoking his stuff, listening to whatever he had on those flashy headphones.  it was like…  zero degrees out there.  and they might be his brightest years…

i was inside looking out, wondering if it was safe to show a photo like this:

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that’s me and what’s his name, on the movie set, back in June, in Scotland.  we signed a non disclosure thing about not posting but here we are after the release date of the picture so i hope its safe to post this!

they had me so uglied up over there i was sure i could never come home.  the look was totally Hollywood Indian.  the only way i got the gig was, well, beyond that i was clearly indian, was that face of horror:  they asked me to scowl and snarl into the camera at the casting (my interview was all of 15 seconds at the Native Friendship Centre in Toronto) and boom!  they called me up and so i went.  now that was a serious walk around the block!

that chrome dome of mine, it hadn’t seen the light of day in over 45 years!  over there though, those charming hair and make up girls shaved me a fresh one every morning around nine.  i walked out of there thinking the boys are going to have a field day with this when i get back to the club!

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that’s the photo i snapped with Joe’s camera, that he smuggled onto the set one day.  that’s the two stars of the show, chilling between takes.  not sure who that other young snot nosed punk is but he was main frame with the other two.

and so if you were reading my blog back in late May and June of this year, this is what i was going on about: making movies in Scotland.  a grand adventure, something i’d do again, but next time…  i think i’ll take a pass on shaving the dome.  yes, it is growing back, but we’re a long way from the look of confidence, when sporting the Dark City Boy outfit, which thank goodness, is back in rotation, out here on these mad city streets.  i lost the “gut” i was sporting on that shoot, but being away from the 9th and all the good cooking over there, certainly helps in the weight losing department!  ha.  kooky stuff.  silly stuff too but at the end of the day, if you’re going to run with the wolves, you have to keep up AND look the part.

photo of said Dark City Boy outfit!

artist in October

 

crappy grainy photo but that’s the idea (i’ll get an updated, soon).  super fun black boots to go with!  many moons ago, on another walking around the block adventure, i drew a picture of the then “dark city boy” outfit, an idea for some jackets i wanted to make, the idea stolen from the costumes department over at Debajehmujig Theatre Group (another story we can save for later!)

photo of said picture, drawn many moons ago:

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2000 Man, Dark City Boy in front of Treasure Island, Lake Mindemoya, Ontario, Canada.  March 1, 2000.  Bic ball point pen on 98 pound paper.  yes…  we need to maintain the maintenance department…

what i’m getting at through all of this is this:  if you’re going to take a walk around the block, you might as well do alright with it.

(psst: more movie set photos to come if i can get away with posting these!)

 

Monday in Glasgow

waiting on an airplane in Glasgow!  we’re here early and not bugging out till Wednesday morning which leaves sweet Monday and Tuesday to hit the streets!

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perfect day for it too!  sunny, hot and dry.  beauty weather for our last few days on the adventure.  that is St. Vincent Pl. as seen from the south side of the street.

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The Iron Horse on West Nile Street:  perfect spot for an afternoon snort and fixing up a few postcards.

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of course i could NOT walk past this place!  had to go in!  The Raven on Renfield Street.  they had some very cool looking t shirts, the company logo, in black of course but the shirts were not for sale.  (lame!)

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St. George’s Tron, Church of Scotland, as seen from the intersection of West St. George and West Nile.

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in George Square, downtown Glasgow.

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Glasgow City Council as seen from George Square.

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Glasgow City Council!  what a facade!

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looking west on St. Vincent, right next to George Square.

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looking north on Queen Street at George Square, that’s the train station in the back ground but not Glasgow Central which is where i’ll be going today!  one more day in this great country, that’s all we have for now.  once i get the chores squared away, i’m getting me a ticket to ride!

Friday in Inverness

left the woodlands yesterday at 10 a.m., out to the train station, and booked a ride!  22 local bucks and 90 minutes to the town of Inverness!  now over there in Pitlochry it can seem like a fairy tale landscape with the huge trees, super greenery, soaring hills, open cliff faces, deep ravines, old rivers running here and there.  the train tracks cut through this, and the folks here don’t keep it trimmed back.  the trees and brush grow right up to the windows and in some places there is a green canopy.  sweet!

but a short 15 minutes north of here you’re in a totally different landscape.  you roll out of the woods and see something like this:

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beauty landscape north of Pitlochry, south of Kingussie, on June 22.

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north of Kingussie, on the way to Inverness:  over there you can see the windmills, all placed in that windy little valley.  a good plan i suspect but i would not like to see them in my back yard.

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town of Inverness, as seen from the foot bridge over the River Ness, looking, i think, that’s south east…  (not sure truth be told… )

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town of Inverness, that’s Bank Street, running north and south.  the river is shallow and appears to be running slow.

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Bank Street, Inverness, Friday afternoon, June 22.  River Ness.

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there she is!  the ever popular castle on the hill, overlooking the river and on the other side:  the valley below.  River Ness.  as seen from the Ardross Terrace.

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groovy scenes along Castle Road, next to the River Ness.  it was close to here where i saw and heard “them”…

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there was a lot more in that town, many photos to the tune of around 300 taken, but we don’t have the space for that here.  nor did i have the time to spend, getting in with the locals.  i was back on the train at 4, hoping to get back in time for the last bus out of Pitlochry at 550.  here is a scene just after leaving the town of Inverness,  looking west.

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ah yes…  those rolling hills near Kingussie.  i’d like to walk that road over there, at night, at full moon, in the summer time.

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the road to Tummel Valley:  just off the main road and going down that narrow and twisty back road called B8019.  just 12 miles from town to the boons, past and west of Loch Tummel.  i walked half of it the other day but we don’t have time for that today and tomorrow we’re to report for noon, the bus out and a plane standing by.  our movie making days are over for now.  i might be back on the range by Thursday at the earliest.  Friday at the latest!!!  (ha!!!  i say that now but i know nothing makes the Great Spirit laugh more than a man with plans…  )

Tuesday at Kingussie

the boss cut me some slack on Tuesday!  nice day for riding the rails.  to get there i had to take the local bus which only comes around this way ever few hours!  found myself at the train station at 11 a.m., booked a ride north leaving at 11:50.

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Pitlochry train station, north bound platform.  the next three stops are Kingussie, Aviemore, and Inverness.  going south would be Perth, Glenealges, and Stirling, but those will have to wait for another day!

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riding north bound, what scenes and my how the landscape changed in what seemed like a few short miles.

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no castles on those hill tops!

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i wanted them to stop and let me out!  i’d like to walk that road, walk it into the distance, going west.

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you can’t see them but there are sheep out there!  lots of them.  got me to thinking about lunch how i’d like a rack of lamb when i got there.

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the corner of A86 and King Street, Kingussie, Scotland.  not much happening in this town!  nor is there a rack of lamb on the lunch menu!  (frowning face goes in here!)

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heavy duty cemetery just down the street from the diner.  went in for a little snoop and the dates on those stones, wowza!  they’re going back a few, i saw one with the date: 1824.  you don’t see numbers like that in the Mindemoya Cemetery back home!

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how many years have you been here?

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that black one was so far gone you couldn’t read an anything on it.

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Ewan Mack, KIA, WW1.  hey i’m going to look up where the 7th Cameron Highlanders were on July 31st, 1917.  a fella like me wants to read a story like that.

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walking around in there, i saw quite a few names that you’d see up there in the Mindemoya Cemetery:  Mackenzie, Robertson, MacDonald, just to name a few.

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south bound, blazing back from Kingussie to Pitlochry, a 45 minute ride, 20 bucks there and back, local currency.  a fun and simple way to spend an afternoon off duty.  i was thinking about going up to Thurso, super in the boon docks but it was all rain in the forecast up there.  that would have been an over night, we’ll save that one for another time.

instead it was the Coach House saloon at 430 p.m., what a wild bunch of local boozers in that joint!  ah but it is an adventure!  there will be plenty of quiet days come July when we are looking at something like this:

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my front yard, sunset in September 2017, big time thunder storm happening to the south south west, during that wild and beautiful heat wave!  remember that one?  3 weeks of blazing sun, 38 C during the afternoon!  wowza indeed!  when i get back home, i’ll be sitting at this very spot, on a Friday evening, thanking my lucky stars and looking back at this little road journal.

but we are here and it is NOW!  time to see about that afternoon adventure seeing how the boss cut us some slack, 2 days in a row!