Chapel at Innerpeffray

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How is that for building close to your neighbours? Well, not exactly neighbours but there could be some argument as to how you paint the bit of the wall between the two buildings. It would need to be a very thin person or a brush with a very long handle!

There is this magnificent carved stone in the chapel. Well worth a visit to see that in itself. There is the remains of a painted ceiling and along the walls there are memorial stones to members of the Drummond family. The little doorway at the western end of the building leads to narrow stairs which take you up to a small room. This is where the Library of Innerpeffray began, about 1680, when David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie, housed his collection of books there and began to allow people to borrow his books. It was the first, free, public lending library in Scotland. The ‘purpose built’ library opened in 1763 and it couldn’t have been built any closer to the original one.

Wonder weave

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My very skilled friend has just woven these beautiful items for us. Stunning colours and so clever. Now we just have to get rid of that awful carpet!!! SOON.

A wild day here, especially when the snow showers come through. Lovely sunshine in between but perishingly cold in the wind.

Poetry at Innerpeffray

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Much as I have loved reading, and tried to write, poetry for most of my life, I had never been to a poetry reading until Sunday. I am so glad that I decided to go to the Library at Innerpeffray to hear Jon Plunkett and Jim Mackintosh read some of their wonderful words. So inspiring.

They were at Innerpeffray because there are currently some of the plinths, that form part of the Corbenic Poetry Path, have been installed there temporarily. The photos show just four of them. Beautiful words, equally beautiful but simple, pieces of work using wood and stone.

More ruffled feathers!

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A drive across the ‘roof of Perthshire’ never fails to delight. It is the time of year when the estates burn patches of heather to stimulate new growth for the grouse to feed on. The numbers of Red Grouse in this part of Perthshire seem to increase each year, probably because the moors are so well managed. Encounters with them are always a pleasure and especially fun to observe their antics, and the accompanying sound effects, at this time of year, when the males are doing their utmost to attract a mate and defend their patch of ground. The air was filled with their distinctive guttural cackling and it was almost possible to understand, from their postures, just what they were saying to each other. They were quite fearless and provided the perfect opportunity to observe them close up. Just look at the furry leg warmers they are all wearing!

Ruffled feathers!

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It is that time of year again. Grumpy Red Grouse everywhere. Wonderful in one sense and humorous in another. The testosterone levels of the males are at their peak and there was much defending of territories and competition for female attention taking place all around us. There was no fear in the males at all and my red trousers and scarf seemed to be attracting the attention of two of them who were obviously seeing me as competition and making threatening advances towards me, at very close quarters.