Changeable ……

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The Harbour Light, Anstruther, Fife, Scotland

With the weather being so changeable over the past two days and indications are that it will be like that for the rest of the week, I thought this might be a suitable image.

Taken about 4 years ago in very similar weather conditions.  You could see the different waves of weather approaching across the Firth of Forth…. and the speed of change was quite something to see. Sunny, then cloudy, sunny, then rain and once again back to sun.

Oh! the joys of a normal British summer!

14th August

(C) David Oakes 2018

 

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Saturday Quandary……

Deeside-Braemar

The River Dee at Braemar, Scotland.

We have had some rain…not a lot!  But the weather forecast for the weekend is rather dire with Storm Debby on the way.  What isn’t certain is the course she will take which means that for some of us across the UK a shower or two, others torrential downpours and a few will escape with nothing at all.

So I thought that this image, taken a couple of years ago,  of an approaching storm over Royal Deeside was perhaps appropriate for this weekend.

11th August

(C) David Oakes 2018

 

Silent Sunday…. So off to Church

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A Very Silent Church

On the Isle of Skye in Strath Suardal you can find the skeleton of this old Scottish Kirk.  Know as Cill Chriosd (Christ’s Church).  Dating back to some time before 1505 when the first written reference to the church was found,Cill Chriosd replaces a 7th century church for the Parish of Ashaig which was founded by St. Maol Ruadh.

Open roofed,and whilst some preservation has occurred,it is today a ruin. Nor is this unusual in the Scottish Highlands. The ruins of old churches are testament to a time when the Highlands prior to the clearances were more heavily populated with Parishes scattered across what is now bare landscapes.  It does help paint a picture of those days when crofting, whilst hard, was a tradition.

There is a reason why so many of these ruined, and often roofless, churches are still standing…often in a walled or fenced surround is important.

These surrounds are more often than not graveyards, still with marker stones, these themselves showing there age. Important Graveyards are one of the Clan Traditions requiring the provision of Clan Burial Grounds.  Here at Cill Chriosd it is for the Mackinnon’s of Strath.

As you travel across the Highlands, however remote you are sure to come across similar ruins.  Far too many to stop and examine each and everyone but well worth the time spent on those that really catch your eye.

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Cill Chriosd was replaced in 1804 by a new Church at Broadford.  So the Congregation moved….but Cill Chriosd like many other old churches across the Highlands still take care of there long gone Parishioners.

5th August

(C) David Oakes 2018