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Catriona Posted on: 26-Jul-2004, 03:35 PM

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The nearer to June that you can travel the better..... I've seen snow on the hills in June.... cool.gif

Seriously, it depends on where in Scotland you intend to visit - and for how long... If you are visting places like my home town (Edinburgh), then the weather shouldn't matter too much. Lots to do and see, even if it is pouring.

Scotland is the original home of the saying 'four seasons in one day'...

If you have specific information you want, put it in the Scotland forum and I'm sure that other posters will also try to help.

Barddas travelled to Scotland just over a year ago, and can tell you his experiences from a US visitor's perspective.
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Catriona Posted on: 26-Jul-2004, 07:20 AM

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QUOTE (Angel Whitefang (Rider) @ 22-Jul-2004, 06:15 AM)
hug.gif Cat!!! Thank You!!! biggrin.gif I appreciate you helping me on this one.

So we have Torri that is Italian & Scot (I did the research on that one myself)
or is the spelling Scott ???
Keegan That is Irish
and Prescott is English & Irish both??? (is that correct)


I've seen the name Torrie and Torrey (spellings) in Scotland, but not with an 'i' ending..... that is most unusual in Scotland - so probably Italian, as you say...

Prescott is, so far as I know, English in origin from Devonshire... That's not to say that the name did not appear in Ireland (or even Scotland, for that matter!) just htat its origins were English.
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Catriona Posted on: 26-Jul-2004, 07:14 AM

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WOW - hadn't thought of Rod mcKuen for years. cool.gif I was a great fan in the 60s and early 70s.... saw him live about 20 times in 20 years or so.... always when he made trips over to the UK.

I have a couple of old and tatty books of his poetry somewhere on one of my bookshelves - they were all thumbed! I think one was called 'Stanyon Street and other Sorrows'....

I also have 3 or 4 LPs (yes, it WAS that long ago) - some of the songs he wrote with Jacques Brel have been recorded by others, such as 'Seasons in the Sun'.
He also wrote the music for the film of Muriel Spark's book, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

I seem to recall he is a Canadian.... I am not even sure whether or not he's still alive!
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Catriona Posted on: 23-Jul-2004, 04:00 PM

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Couldn't choose just one - Sweet Afton, The May Day Song and Other........ I love 'Will you go, lassie, go'!

If you can track it down, find the sound track to the Rick Stein cookery course (BBC TV) - it is a great recording of the Padstow May Day Song.... I love his cooking and Padstow and will be eating in his restaurant in September!!!!
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Catriona Posted on: 21-Jul-2004, 04:18 PM

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I've got a pal who has 'bagged' just over 150 - the man is obsessed.... biggrin.gif
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Catriona Posted on: 21-Jul-2004, 01:54 AM

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I'm glad you enjoyed the apple snow!

It's nice to get feedback on some of the recipes I've posted biggrin.gif
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Catriona Posted on: 20-Jul-2004, 08:38 AM

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QUOTE (Aragorn @ 20-Jul-2004, 02:31 PM)
Very interesting, so what is the highest peak in Scotland? We have 10,000 foot peaks here in Idaho. Just wondering if people try to climb all the peaks there or do they just climb the biggest ones?

The highest peak is Ben Nevis which, from memory, is about 4,400 ft high. As I said, not high in comparison to many mountains in the USA, Canada and other countries!

However, our weather makes the climbing hazardous, 4 seasons in one day, almost every day 'on the hill' as it is called.. The Mountain Rescue service in places like Inverness and on the Isle of Skye do sterling work every year, but sadly, people die every year, too.

The whole thing about Munro Bagging is to try to climb every one of them, ie nearly 300..... as I've said, some people make it their life's ambition to do so cool.gif
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Catriona Posted on: 20-Jul-2004, 05:48 AM

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This term is used by people who attempt to climb the highest peaks in Scotland. That may not seem high to many of you, but believe me, with our weather and the sheer difficulty of climbing on some of the hills, it is high enough!

Some people become obsessed with trying to 'bag' all the Munros... Personally, I think they must be MAD cool.gif

The following information was taken from www.munromagic.com which has great maps, routes etc for all 284 peaks.

Why Munro?

In 1891 Sir Hugh T. Munro, surveyed Scotland's mountains above 3000 feet (914.4 metres) and produced his "Tables" cataloging 236 peaks which he considered to be separate mountains. For this reason Scottish peaks above 3000 feet are called Munros. Sir Hugh Munro began a first revision of his tables, which was completed in 1921 after his death, and subsequent revisions were published in 1933, 1981 and 1997. At each revision peaks have been demoted from or elevated to the status of Munro.

Modern surveying methods reveal 511 peaks above 914 meters. Whilst this is clear, the number of "Munros", which does not depend on clearly defined criteria, remains uncertain. There are currently 284 peaks awarded the status of Munro, but the number of Munro's may change until clear criteria are agreed.
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Catriona Posted on: 18-Jul-2004, 03:36 PM

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Angel - the name Keegan is Irish.
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Catriona Posted on: 18-Jul-2004, 03:34 PM

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Not sure if you meant this as an 'open' post - or if you meant my Granny's recipe!

And oats are not 'trendy' in Scotland.... they are just part of our diet and eaten regularly - as porridge, as oatcakes, as skirlie and in scones and cakes... wink.gif

Oatcakes are eaten with a fried breakfast, or with cheese and cold meats..

Here's my family recipe
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Catriona Posted on: 18-Jul-2004, 03:50 AM

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I hope your friends enjoy the pudding!

I've posted lots of puddings and cakes recipes on here - enough to keep you going for many Tuesdays! biggrin.gif
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Catriona Posted on: 18-Jul-2004, 03:46 AM

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Personally, I am of the opinion that when you grow up with something as a staple diet food, you don't really 'think' about what it contains.....

I eat haggis only in winter, probably twice a month (on average) - served the traditional way with chappit tatties and neeps.... it's a great dish...

However, having been told by many US friends that the haggis that is available is mostly in tins..... I know that I too would find it almost impossible to believe that it could be a tasty dish... biggrin.gif
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Catriona Posted on: 14-Jul-2004, 03:46 PM

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Welll, I'm Scots, from Edinburgh.... Is that Scottish enough for you?! tongue.gif

Frankly, the Scots are such a mixture, Celtic, Pict, Norman, Viking etc..... it is almost impossible to call ANY of us 'Celts'.
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Catriona Posted on: 14-Jul-2004, 06:38 AM

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The British 'Honours' system is complex... and I remember that this topic inflamed passions when it was last posted on here........... cool.gif

This site explains how the system works - http://www.knowledgerush.com/kr/jsp/db/fac...+honours+system

My personal view is that many, many ordinary men and women receive some level of award from the Honours system - and that is right and proper. However, in recent years it has become a source of 'patronage' to the ruling political party - at present the Labour party, but the Tories are certainly not far behind in getting their snouts into the trough. Tony Blair has awarded so many Honours to such odd people that they are known over here as 'Tony's Cronies'.... rolleyes.gif
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Catriona Posted on: 13-Jul-2004, 08:36 AM

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I have been visiting there for about 10 years - the changes have been amazing. At one time there was only one small part of the old vegetable garden and greenhouses which had been 'cleared'... the views from the top of the valley (most of the gardens are in a steep valley) across farmland down to the seaside harbour of Mevagissey is wonderful.

Can't wait to get down there again - our boat is kept at a nearby cove.
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Catriona Posted on: 13-Jul-2004, 06:53 AM

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These gardens are near Mevagissey in Cornwall.

Tim Smits discovered the gardens which had reverted to nature after so many of the gardeners had not come back from the First World War. The main house was still lived in, but the extensive gardens had gone to wrack and ruin.

The bringing to life of these gardens has been a revelation. The BBC made a couple of TV series regarding the rescue of the gardens. I haven't been for 2 years, but will go in September this year. Every visit reveals something new...

Here's the official website - the virtual tour part of the site is really good
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Catriona Posted on: 13-Jul-2004, 06:45 AM

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This is an amazing place - designed and masterminded by Tim Smits, who resurrected the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

I've visited this place every year since it opened and have to say it is an ever-changing, ever improving facility.

Put it on your itinerary if you ever get to Cornwall

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Catriona Posted on: 12-Jul-2004, 04:39 AM

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This site has photographs of Cornwall which may be of interest to some of you!

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Catriona Posted on: 12-Jul-2004, 01:57 AM

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I've just had a thought....


BUT, it doesn't have green beans in it - but then again, family variations means no two versions of a recipe are alike - and green beans is more American than Scots, so maybe your Granny just used what was to hand when she arrived in the USA? The cabbage could have been added to the potatoes and cooked with the onion, potato, leek mixture?

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Catriona Posted on: 11-Jul-2004, 03:18 PM

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Sorry Shadows, but I've never heard of a dish with just those ingredients...

Was it a stew-like dish, or was the meat served on the side with the other ingredients in a mashed potato dish like the Irish Colcannon?
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Catriona Posted on: 10-Jul-2004, 04:16 PM

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Don't say that Black Dug..... they'll make Groundkeeper Willie the spokesman.... And that would be truly too much to bear - If ever an accent needed to be worked on, it's that one!
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Catriona Posted on: 09-Jul-2004, 04:00 PM

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I'm sorry, I don't know about any dance classes in the USA - but this is one of the best known Scottish Dancing sites - it's based in Edinburgh (my home town) and is a mine of information. You might be able to get information which will help you from this site.


I've never heard of a Tartan Ball either, but presume it is a ball where the men where evening dress kilts and the women wear white gowns with tartan plaids or formal evening gowns? That is the usual attire for St Andrew's Day dances, held on 30 November both in Scotland and all over the world where the Scots have immigrated. I have attended St Andrew's Day Balls in places as diverse as Australia, Dubai and Italy! biggrin.gif

I have attended a lot of Scottish balls in Scotland - most of the dances are termed 'country dances' such as reels, strathspeys etc. Dances like the 'Gay Gordons', 'the Dashing White Sergeant', 'Strip the Willow' etc.
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Catriona Posted on: 09-Jul-2004, 10:37 AM

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I've seen that photograph before - but thanks for posting it. It was taken near the town of Stirling because that appears to be the Wallace Monument.

The following information was in a brochure I picked up last week when visiting Loch Ard, near Stirling.

Wallace Monument

One of the best vantage points from which to view Stirling is the top of the national Wallace Monument, a prominent Victorian tower which stands above the river on a rocky hill and is visible for miles around.

In the 1850's there was a tide of nationalism that swept across the globe. One of the outcomes was the erection of the National Wallace Monument in memory of a great Scottish hero - William Wallace.

The original structure was completed in 1869 with an addition to the building at a later date. This addition was the 'Hall of Heroes' in which you can find marble sculptures of other Scottish heroes as well as information concerning such greats as Robert the Bruce, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and David Livingston.

After your visit to the monument you can spend more time exploring the Abbey
The Monument stands above Causewayhead overlooking Bridge of Allan, the riverside and giving a great view of Royal Stirling and the Castle.

Opened 1869
220 feet high
246 steps
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Catriona Posted on: 09-Jul-2004, 01:41 AM

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He's very well known in the UK, Lyra cool.gif
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Catriona Posted on: 09-Jul-2004, 01:39 AM

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There's no way that Scotland can legislate against the use of 'their' flag by any group anywhere - as I've said, it is also the flag of the island of Tenerife biggrin.gif
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