Our first visit to Cluny for 2018. Wonderful displays of Erythroniums and Hellebores. A few rhododendrons in flower but many plants are going to flower much later this year due to the prolonged winter weather. The boost of warmth last week obviously helped things along quite dramatically but the trees and shrubs, and the magnolias, and many of the other plants will be starting to be at their best in a couple of weeks time. Still a wonderful place to visit. So quiet and peaceful to wander around, accompanied only by the bird song and, of course, always the delight of seeing the Red Squirrels dashing about and at the feeders.
Over the past year, seven of the volunteers and friends of the Library at Innerpeffray have been stitching. The seven of us, including two who had never embroidered before, have worked on the letters of the alphabet. Each letter is a woodblock design printed in some of the oldest books in the collection housed in the Library. We have all interpreted the design in our own way and then I have sewn them all together to form this panel, which is now hanging in the Library.
Five of us are well on the way to completing the next panel, which will show favourite illustrations of fauna and characters from the book collection. We have plans in place for a further six or seven panels, each one illustrating a different aspect of the wonderful history of the Library and the history of the landscape around it.
Innerpeffray is a beautiful place where history surrounds you. Looking at the view over the River Earn towards Crieff one can imagine the fields full of up to 30,000 cattle, gathered there for the Drovers’ market. The cattle, having been driven there from all over the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, were gathered here to be sold to buyers from the south of Scotland and northern England, or to rest before moving onto to other market locations.
What tales could the walls of the ruined castle tell? Events in the life of David Drummond, the Founder of the Library at Innerpeffray? Stories of the life in the surrounding countryside hundreds of years ago?
The stone at the junction of tracks. Beautiful lichens first catch the eye, glowing in the sunshine, and then you notice the feint remains of something else. Lines and the remains of lettering. An ancient way marker perhaps? Something to investigate further!