Happy Glen Saturday! No, it’s not a celebration of everyone named Glen, or even an invitation to roam one of Scotland’s many beautiful glens. In Kilmarnock, the third Saturday of April was traditionally the day when children flocked to Craufurdland Castle to pick daffodils (also known as glens).
Notices taped up in shop windows would alert the town’s young people to the fact that the daffs in the castle’s splendid gardens were abundant and up for grabs. And grab them they did. Armfuls and armfuls of daffodils would be hastily arranged into bunches and then sold by the kids later that day for pocket money.
A surfeit of daffodils is something we’re familiar with all over Scotland. They might be quintessentially Welsh – with a hefty dose of lonely Lake District wandering on the side – but did you know that we’re actually the world’s biggest exporter of gloriously golden daffies? Goes some way to explaining why Legendary Scotland HQ has been a hayfever-sufferer’s nightmare these past few weeks...
📸: Daffodils – not in Kilmarnock admittedly, but in Scotland, at least – image (cropped) by Patrick Down via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0 licence).
Foyers falls feed into Loch Ness and have inspired several poets including John Keats and Robert Burns
We do have to use our imagination slightly since the water falls used to be much stronger prior to be being used for power since 1985.
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Happy Easter from Edinburgh Museums and Galleries. This beautiful tile with moulded rabbits and majolica style glaze is from Dunmore Pottery, 1880. Drop into Museum of Edinburgh any day between 10am and 5pm to see more exquisite pottery.
Happy Saturday! I hope it’s as lovely and sunny where you are as it is in Glasgow, it’s due to be 20°C again today! Currently trying to pick out what to wear today (I get ridiculously overdressed when the weather is nice and I own so many dresses...) but my excuse is I have to take advantage when I can as we don’t always get good weather here! Spotted these cute little houses last week in Aberdeen - so lovely!