Wednesday 30 November 2011
Tuesday 29 November 2011
Isobel, with her back to the sea, prepares for the next lesson. In the middle of the table is an Angel/Christmas Tree. You may have to hit on the picture to see it properly, but this is made from a paperback book, pages folded under instruction and then you have this stand alone tree - or angel. Add wings for the Angel, and probably a head.
My three gift boxes that I made from Christmas Cards. "To Ethel and all the family" to be covered in tissue paper.
Monday 28 November 2011
Hoving (?) into view was an oil/gas rig. Presumably one of the submersible ones which arent anchored on the sea bed but sort of float, and can be towed in by tugs to wherever to be repaired or whatever.
Since the land that is going to be drilled cannot provide a base for offshore drilling as it does for onshore drilling, an artificial platform must be created. This artificial platform can take many forms, depending on the characteristics of the well to be drilled, including how far underwater the drilling target is. One of the most important pieces of equipment for offshore drilling is the subsea drilling template. Essentially, this piece of equipment connects the underwater well site to the drilling platform on the surface of the water. This device, resembling a cookie cutter, consists of an open steel box with multiple holes in it, dependent on the number of wells to be drilled. This drilling template is placed over the well site, and usually lowered into the exact position required using satellite and GPS technology. A relatively shallow hole is then dug, in which the drilling template is cemented into place. The drilling template, secured to the sea floor and attached to the drilling platform above with cables, allows for accurate drilling to take place, but allows for the movement of the platform, which will inevitably be affected by shifting wind and water currents. Courtesy of NaturalGas.org.Okay, got all that? Normally we dont see the platforms as they are miles out, so this one was being towed, probably into Peterhead, where we have seen them towering above the harbour and being refurbished.
Sunday 27 November 2011
More pre nuptials. My friend who we helped celebrate her hen night in the stretch limo, has today gone through the blackening ritual.
Initially the bride to be was the one who was blackened by her friends but now the groom is also blackened in many cases. The bride and the groom are taken by surprise or may be by shock and covered with foul and disgusting substances. The friends cover them with any gross they can think of. It can be curdled milk, rotten eggs, spoiled curry, smelly fish sauces, molasses, mud, flour, sausages, syrups and feathers.
It seems that the bride or the groom, whoever is being blackened, is always mentally prepared for this pre-wedding tradition as they don’t try to run or hide somewhere.
After being blackened he or she or both of them are either tied to a tree or taken to the local streets and the pubs with the friends clanging the pots to announce the wedding. Scots believe that this humiliation prepares them to face all the difficulties and humiliations that may come across them as nothing would be more humiliating through out their life.
Courtesy of Culture Ledger.
Unfortunately we couldnt make it. I just hope they weren't blown away.
We have had some terrific winds. Although these winds were blowing towards the sea it still had an effect.Our nearest sea is at Cairnbulg which has a small harbour. This picture does show how harbours actually work, in that the sea is calm within the walls. Fraserburgh can be seen in the distance.
Saturday 26 November 2011
Scotia W is an 80ft wooden-hulled luxury cruise vessel that has an intriguing history. Here is her story.
Built in 1972 by Richard Irvine and Sons of Peterhead, she sailed in the North Sea fishing fleet as the Fraserburgh-registered Achieve (FR100). For the next 30 years she rode the waves of the North Sea bringing home a precious cargo of white fish that was destined for the dinner plate.
In 2002, the vessel’s original owners transferred her fishing quota rights to a newer boat, bringing the Achieve’s successful fishing career to an end. Coinciding with the reduction in size of the Scottish fishing fleet, this could have been the end of this boat’s story. However, the potential of this beautiful vessel was spotted by former North Sea fisherman Alex Wood. He had the vision of creating a vessel that could offer luxury cruise holidays around Scotland’s coast. Alex purchased the boat and set about planning her conversion into a luxury mini-cruise ship. It would be an all consuming project. www.scotiacharters.com.This is the dining area leading through to the lounge.
Friday 25 November 2011
And more seasonal temperatures.
The Dawn Patroller's new reading light! I have always wanted one of these, but never had the right home, space, money.
Thursday 24 November 2011
Under the Liberal government of the 1910s, the Chancellor of the Exchequer David Lloyd George introduced a scheme whereby National Insurance contributions (by employer) became compulsory for all workers between the ages of 16 and 70. This was enacted via the National Insurance Act, and caused outrage among the farmers local to Turriff, who claimed that their contributions were too high; and that, as they were rarely able to be off work due to illness like industrial workers, it was unfair for them to have to pay for a service they were unlikely to use.
In Turriff, popular protests were held in the Johnston and Paterson Mart, and Robert Paterson, a Lendrum farmer refused to stamp the insurance cards of his employees. This resulted in orders on 13 December 1913 for Turriff's sheriff George Keith to seize property to the value of £22 from Paterson's farm. However, this was more difficult than it seemed as officers could not move property without local assistance, and the locals refused to help in protest.
Sheriff's Officer George Keith removed the only piece of property which was easily mobile: Patersons' white milk cow, which was led to Turriff on foot. The next day, the citizens of Turriff found the cow tied in the village square, decorated in ribbons and painted with the words 'Lendrum to Leeks' in reference to Lloyd George's Welsh origin, and representing the sheriff's and government's victory over the hostile farmers. The cow was put up for auction. The response was a near riot, and a 100-strong mob proceeded to pelt the sheriff's officers with rotten fruit and soot.
The cow was eventually sold to a farmer Alexander Craig for £27, but Bryony Miller, a local girl and wife of the Patersons' farmhand John Miller, with his help, rallied the local community together to buy back the cow for Lendrum, where the cow died six years later and was buried in a corner of the farmland.
Wednesday 23 November 2011
I have to be honest - he does not inspire me.
Tuesday 22 November 2011
My work in progress at the moment is this hoodie for a 3 to 6 month old. The bigger they get, the more tedious the knitting! The buttons are wrong, fortunately not sewed on yet so I can change them for something a bit more chunky. But I am trying.
My water colour of sheep in a snow storm. Did not really think snow fell in clumps as big as I have done them. But this will be our Christmas Card this year. Very trying for the recipients!
Monday 21 November 2011
Putting this one in as it raised a smile. On your right part of the butchers display, the old delivery bike. To the left is a wee customer's bike.