Saturday, October 31, 2009

Inchgarth Pumpkin

TheTamshee: watched the kids harvest the pumpkins at Inchgarth. Trick or Treat is a great adventure.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ensco 71 @ Esbjerg

TheTamshee: watched the approach of the Jack-Up drilling rig, Ensco 71 enroute to berth at Esbjerg Harbour. The unit has been released from contract by Maersk Oil and Gas.
Semco, the local construction company will undertake the task of replacing large sections of the units corroded hull.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hare Moss Hide

TheTamshee: visited Hare Moss Hide today, on the trail of the elusive buzzard. Not much wildfowl on the wetland, but the smell of the freshly chopped Scots Pine trees is irresistible.I challenged the kids to determine the age of this tree ? Pol ( 37 ) Rob ( 36 ) Sal ( 30 ) & Tamshee ( 28 ) ?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

European Eagle Owl

TheTamshee: & Family checked out the European Eagle Owls ( Bubo-Bubo ) at Philiphaugh Farm. Very impressive birds but unfortunately this pair are not free to patrol the skies at their leisure.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Futuristic Fireman

Picture: REUTERS.
Safety first: a fireman at Interlagos stands in the rain during the third and final Sao Paolo practice session. TheTamshee: thinks HSE has gone one step beyond, this guy looks more like some character from the Star Wars movie's

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Battle Of Philiphaugh

TheTamshee: was well impressed with the audio player supplied by the good ladies at the Waterwheel Cafe. The history of the Battle Of Philiphaugh, where James Graham the 1st Marquess & 5th Earl Of Montrose was defeated by the Covenanter forces lead by Sir David Leslie
was a stark reminder that the bloody battlefield is now the home to Selkirk Cricket Club and Selkirk Rugby Club, along with a small number of cottages along the way.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Salmon Leap @ Murray's Cauld

TheTamshee: spent the morning watching the Salmon leaping at the Murray's Cauld Selkirk.
Great viewing centre set up at Philiphaugh Farm, all the facts with video surveillance. Call into the Waterwheel Cafe and pick up a Audio recorder, well worth the £2 Also observe the Grey Heron waiting patiently on the bank of Ettrick Water to pick up a tasty morsel.

Monday, October 19, 2009

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Egg Heads

TheTamshee says: the Pol-meister is always in step with her egghead friends!

Friday, October 16, 2009

London Eye

TheTamshee: & family are looking forward to having a turn on the big Eye!

Oakley Court

Lego Wonderland here we come

Monday, October 12, 2009

Cracknell & Shakey Byrne

TheTamshee says: Cracknell needs more that a lesson from the talented Shakey to get rid of his chicken strips!!

Goya To Picasso

TheTamshee: & Sal spent some time wandering through the corridors of the National Gallery of Scotland to soak up some Spanish art & culture. The Weeping Woman, is indeed a treasure to behold.
Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso © Succession Picasso/DACS 2009. Image © Tate, London 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ottavio Missoni

TheTamshee: & Sal spent the weekend at the Missoni Hotel, situated on George IV Street, just of the Royal Mile. Fabulous new age hotel with a focus on the famous Italians designs.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Oakley Court "Windsor"

TheTamshee: is looking forward to a well earned family break at the Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor. Set in 35 acres of landscaped gardens on the banks of the River Thames, this splendid Gothic Victorian residence is 5 minutes from Windsor and 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport. Originally built in 1859, Oakley Court is believed to have been used as the English Headquarters of the French Resistance during World War II.More recently it was the setting for many famous films including St. Trinian's, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and many Hammer House of Horror productions, including Dracula.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Hippogriff "Egg"

TheTamshee: thinks! can this be the impossible scenario ? A Hippogriff "Egg" washed up on the shore at my secret location, unfortunately the nest was destroyed!!
There is an old expression "Jungentur jam grypes equis" which means "To cross griffons with horses", When breeding, Hippogriffs build nests on the ground, and lay only a single, fragile egg. The egg usually hatches in twenty-four hours. Infant Hippogriffs are capable of flight within a week, but it takes many months before they are strong enough to accompany their parent on long journeys.