Scottish Snippets

19 March 2011

Number 598

The Scottish Snippets Newsletter in its original format began in April 1997 and continued in an unbroken series for 591 issues. Although no longer produced in that style, there is now this regular update on the new and updated pages on the Rampant Scotland site including "Scottie's Photo Diary From Scotland".

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Scottie's Photo Diary From Scotland - February 2011

"Scotland in Colour Week by Week" was based on the original "Scottish Snippets" Colour Supplements from 2005 to 2009. The series is now complete (see below for the link to the pages that fill in the final two weeks of the year). So it seemed a good idea to begin a fresh series based on my current travels around mainly central Scotland. Despite the poor weather, there were enough graphics to kick off a photographic "diary" of places I had been to in February. That included the new Burns museum at Alloway, the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) reserve at Lochwinnoch, Finlaystone Country Estate in Inverclyde and Hogganfield Loch in Glasgow - and a few pictures from my own garden too. I've created the first of a monthly series of Web pages with large size pictures and a descriptive/explanatory text as well as a YouTube slide show of all the graphics. While most of the pictures relate to scenery, flowers and birds, I have slipped in a couple of items of food as well! In a sense, this is maybe closer to the original concept of a "Scottie Diary" when it began last year. For the pictures and text, see Scottie's Photo Diary - February 2011

There is a link in the article to the YouTube slide show but if you just want to see that, the URL is on YouTube - Scottie's Photo Diary.

Scottish Borders

I've raided my library of graphics of the Scottish Border country to create another YouTube slide show of this attractive and historical part of Scotland. The pictures cover Melrose Jedburgh Dryburgh, Peebles and Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford as well as the countryside. The slide show for this is at YouTube - Scottish Borders

There is also a Web page on Rampant Scotland covering the history of the Scottish Borders towns, abbeys, country mansions and great outdoors. For that, see A Tour of the Scottish Borders.

Scotland in Colour, Week by Week

The pages covering the third and fourth weeks of March are now online. They include graphics of flowers - polyanthus, crocus, helleborus, daffodils, rhododendron, cherry blossom, magnolia, euphorbia; birds include redshanks and eider ducks, pintails, kestrel, teal, mallard, mandarin duck; and other graphics include Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond, Stirling castle, Church of the Holy Rude in Stirling, Loch Lomond, University of Glasgow and River Kelvin. See
Scotland in Colour - 3rd Week of March
Scotland in Colour - 4th Week of March

The index for the whole year of week by week pictures of Scotland in colour is at Scotland in Colour, Week by Week - Index

Tartan Day 2011

There are fewer entries for Tartan Day celebrations this year but thanks to feedback and a bit of research on relevant Web sites, my list of Tartan Day events around the world - from Canada to Argentina, by way of Scotland and Australia - is at least now up-to-date! See Tartan Day Events Around the World .

Yours aye


Previous editions of this Newsletter are available in an Archive. The Index to the other pages of the Rampant Scotland site is available here.

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