Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Perth

As I write,Lynne is taking part in a BBC Radio Scotland programme about Beatrix Potter. It's one of a series called ' Amazing Libraries', today's programme being recorded at the A K Bell Library, Perth.

So here I am in Perth with time on my hands. I hate shops so am off to Perth Museum and Art Gallery to see the 'Strathmore Meteorite'. The fragment of meteorite is one of four that were found along a five mile line from Corston near Coupar Angus (about 7km SE of Blairgowrie) to Essendy in Perthshire, when it broke up over the Sidlaw Hills on 3 December 1917. The fragment in PMAG was found at Corston Farm and it made a 6" deep hole in the lawn.

Other than this little excursion and a visit to Morrison's to buy some English beer, I shall be obeying the Third of T Ratcliffe Barnett's Ten Commandments (of Walking) - Thou shalt have no programme'!

Well, the museum was closed (!) for building works so I had a pleasant walk on the South Inche in warm sunshine instead. Yesterday Strathallan was the warmest place in the UK and even warmer than North Africa. We certainly enjoyed soaking it up when we had lunch at 366m near the Upper Glen Devon reservoir after escaping the strong cold NW wind on the hills above it. Unfortunately the descent took us close to the Burnfoot turbines but luckily my hat and two hoods at least meant I couldn't hear them!

Coffee I think and then that beer !

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12 comments:

  1. Glad you had some sunny weather. You certainly deserve some. I could just go a coffee myself. Glad you mentioned it.
    English beer eh!

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    1. Hi Alan

      The coffee didn't materialise but the beer did! Unfortunately Morrison's seem to have discontinued Holt's 1849. They still do Maplemoon which I like, but no 1849?? This is a disaster!

      I don't like beer made in Scotland I'm afraid. English beer is... well, English - and as a rule you make good beer!! I do like German and Dutch in the summer months. I wonder if Holt's do mail order!

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  2. Holts make wonderful beers. There are about 6 bottles of beers apart from the top class best draught bitter.
    I like Thunderholt. Occasionally, the pub i go into in Manchester sells it at £1.00 a bottle. You have to be careful. It's moreish.
    I could always be a middleman for 1849 if desperation sets in.

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    1. I've never tasted their draught regrettably, only the two bottled beers I mention. As for your offer, I'm expecting your white van to arrive any day now!

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  3. Oh, and i can only claim half English, my mum is a Munro. Family are from Dingwall. I hear the Black Isle brewery is decent but i havn't tried it myself.

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    1. Curiously, I used to audit Holts Brewery. A small family business, one of many small breweries in the Manchester area, quite a few of which still survive. The beer was great in Manchester in a cheap 'n cheerful sort of way but didn't travel particularly well.
      I'm sure all your readers will wish Lynne well with her broadcasting career...
      Good luck, Lynne.

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    2. It seems to travel OK to me Martin, in bottled form at any rate, which is all I have to go on. Harviestoun is an nice local brew but Ken Brooker has sold it for a reported £5m so who knows what will happen to it now.

      The Beeb just 'phone Lynne out of the blue every so often - I think she's done four radio progs now and a short TV interview. I'll soon be known as 'Lynne's husband'!!

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  4. I like Perth, they've made a nice job of that riverside section between the road and the rail bridges. If you head along the pathway in the North Inche, how far can you go before you have to leave the riverbank?

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    1. Yes I like Perth and as you say they did a good job of this area after the floods. I can't answer your question Dave since I've never walked it, but I'll remedy that sometime and let you know.

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    2. Looking at the map the path seems to follow the bank until the smaller river (the Almond?) joins the Tay north of Perth; then it cuts west towards the railway and the A9. It's an interesting exercise tracking the Tay up towards Dunkeld: I'd never realised just how much it meanders and doubles back between Dunkeld and Perth.

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  5. Perth is a wonderful city. There are lots of interesting places that one can visit. The area also offers great opportunities for outdoor experiences.

    Regards!

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