Monday, 30 March 2009

MONDAY 30TH MARCH - Cornish evening


Last evening we went 3 miles to a neighbouring village to see a performance by these people.
This was billed as a Musical Drama. A True Story. A World Heritage Landscape.

This was in the style of a 'radio ballad' first pioneered by Ewan McColl and Charles Parker in the 1970's.

This was the story of Cornwall from the heyday of mining through to today with the high days of wealth to the low days of mine closures the diaspora of Cornish miners all over the world from North America, Australia, Brazil and Mexico to mention a few in fact anywhere there was tin to be mined. The characters are Mary Moses - Mother of Cornwall( representing the spirit of the men,women, children and the landscape itself). Mine Captain, Young miner, Old Miner, Maggie Curnow (Bal maiden) and the Eternal mineral ( represents the spirit of an industry that thrived for over 3000 years). These were all wound into the story by the storyteller.

It was a most enjoyable evening part of the Carne to Cove programme which brings live entertainment to the small communities all around this most rural of counties.

Friday, 13 March 2009

FRIDAY 13TH MARCH - red nose day!

We have just been to Scotland again to stay with our daughter. This is a part of Scotland we are not so familiar with i.e. Perthshire. We know so very well the Highlands and Islands of the West Coast but are having fun exploring and discovering the treasures that are hidden in these glens and forests.

We went to the crest of the hill at the top of Glen Quaich and this is the view that opened out in front of us across to the Cairngorm Range. It really was this good.

Having eaten our butties we retreated back the way we had come as we were warned of the hill in front of us being blocked with snow and two cars being stuck!
Not far back along the road this was the view that opened out so I just had to take a photo.
Then came Loch Freuchie with this delightful island which I felt absolutely sure was a crannog. Here is the story to go with it which I discovered when I got home.
The crannog (man made island) on Loch Freuchie (Fraochie) has an interesting dragon legend?.. the story goes that a young man named Fraoch, at the request of the lady Maidh, went to the dragon inhabited island to gather rowan berries. He completed the task and evaded the dragon but the lady insisted that nothing would please her except that he return to her with the uprooted rowan tree. On his second visit he got the tree but awoke the dragon?. who, in mortal combat, gnawed off Fraoch's arms and legs?..

Then at the entrance to the glen we found this absolutely lovely little church.
Amulree was at the junction of three major droves. It formed part of the route Highland drovers would use to bring their livestock to the cattle market at Crieff and Falkirk. Amulree Church was built between 1743 and 1752 and remodelled in 1882. Built to a simple design it has both a bellcote and wethervane. The architect was a John Douglas of Edinburgh. The Amulree church bell was cast in 1519. Amulree parish church contains copies of records of the large number of people who stayed in the area prior to mass emigration, mostly to North Easthope, Canada, in the early 19th Century. The Celtic place name was Ath Maol Ruibhe meaning Maol Rubha's ford.

This was a wonderful place, beautiful and lonely with a rich tapestry of history which contributes to it being a little gem. I intend to go there again.