western scotland

Fergus, West Highland White Terrier (4 y/o), Lubbock, TX • “Westies were bred in the Western Highlands of Scotland for the purpose of varminting – hunting down mice, rats, squirrels, birds, and other small prey. They think they’re ferocious. They know their opinions and stick to them. If you train them right they’ll love you forever. Fergus is a stud dog – it’s a tough job, but he’s good at it.”

Chinese students starting for the trenches on the Western Front, 1918

From the National Library of Scotland, with the following caption: Chinese students at the Western Front, France, during World War I. This group photograph of five Chinese students with an army officer was most likely taken by the British official photographer, John Warwick Brooke. 

Shortly after World War I ended, around 1,600 Chinese students travelled to France as part of the Work-Study Movement. In the spirit of the new Republic, their aim was to study and examine Western culture and technology.Despite being in the midst of internal troubles, China declared war on Germany in August 1917. Their economic and military contribution to the Allied war effort, however, was minimal. This was mainly due to an emphasis placed on resolving urgent internal issues.

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Good Morning from Scotland 

Tigh na Mara at Dawn by The Unexplored
Via Flickr:
Holiday cottages beautifully located by the sea near Tarbert on the Isle of Harris, with seals and otters seen swimming a few yards from the front door. It was a frosty morning and the light was strong. 3 shot HDR processed in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop. Again, our thanks to our friend Penny for a wonderful weekend there!