By Saturday morning it seemed that the worst of the blizzards had passed for the time being, and the world looked somewhat brighter. As Algy perched on a soft cushion of young spruce branches near the entrance to the forest, the sun broke through the snow clouds and lit up the beautiful woodland on the far side of the deep freshwater loch. For a few bright moments, the whole world seemed transformed :))

Algy hopes that you will all have some bright moments when the world seems illuminated, this weekend xoxo

Scotia’s Thistle by Henry Scott Riddell

Scotia’s thistle guards the grave,
Where repose her dauntless brave;
Never yet the foot of slave
Has trod the wilds of Scotia

Free from tyrant’s dark control
Free as waves of ocean roll
Free as thoughts of minstrel’s soul,
Still roam the sons of Scotia.

Scotia’s hills of hoary hue,
Heaven wraps in wreathes of blue,
Watering with its dearest dew
The healthy locks of Scotia.

Down each green-wood skirted vale,
Guardian spirits, lingering, hail
Many a minstrel’s melting tale,
As told of ancient Scotia.

When the shades of eve invest
Nature’s dew-bespangled breast,
How supremely man is blest
In the glens of Scotia!

There no dark alarms convey
Aught to chase life’s charms away;
There they live, and live for aye,
Round the homes of Scotia.

Wake, my hill harp! wildly wake!
Sound by lee and lonely lake,
Never shall this heart forsake
The bonnie wilds of Scotia.

Others o’er the oceans foam
Far to other lands may roam,
But for ever be my home
Beneath the sky of Scotia!

Looking for new blogs to follow.

My dash is dead again, so I’m looking for new blogs to follow! Hopeful there’s some in my list of followers, so here’s what I’m looking for!

- BBC Musketeers
- Doctor Who
- Scotland
- Dogs
- History
- Harry Potter
- Tolkien
- Marvel
- DC
- Dragon Age
- Badass ladies

I’m pretty picky ship wise, so it’s probably easier for me to say what I DON’T like. Obviously if you do post these occasionally, it’s not a problem, but I’d like to avoid my dash being covered in them.

- No Destiel
- Actually I’m not big on any Supernatural ships
- No Bagginshield
- No Durincest
- No Johnlock
- Any non-Canon musketeer ships

Let me know if any of this sounds like you!

Dryhope Tower

A pic from my pal Judy taken in The Scottish Borders today this Tower is a rectangular 16th century stone tower house, founded by the Scott family. On shelving ground that overlooks the steep gully of the Dryhope Burn, the three storey tower is pierced with gunloops and crowned by a guard house. The basement and first floor hall were vaulted and connected by a newel stair in the corner but the tower was slighted in 1592, after the Scotts were involved in a plot against King James VI. Rebuilt in 1613, with a later ground floor entrance on the north-east angle, the ground floor vault and the stair have collapsed but the upper vault is almost complete. An armorial panel dated 1613, with the initials for Philip and Mary Scott was above the entrance but is now built into a farm building. There is no indication of an encasing barmkin wall, the distance to the turf-covered banks of possible outbuildings, is to great for them to have any direct connection.