Scottish Snippets

30 April 2011

Number 601

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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Scotland Pictorial Diary April 2011

My pictorial diary for April 2011 recording flowers, butterflies, birds and animals at Culzean Country Park, Glenarn, Baldernock, during the month. The weather this month has included lots of dry, sunny days and that has enticed out the butterflies and the spring flowers. That created a nice problem of having too many pictures I wanted to include. In the end, there are more than usual in the one Web page with butterflies, magnolias, rhododendrons, roe deer - and a hedgehog at Scotland Pictorial Diary April 2011

In addition, there is a slide show of these pictures at YouTube.

Tam Salutes a National Treasure

Tam is a great admirer of the Scottish literary sensation Alexander McCall Smith, who hit the big time with his books on the redoubtable Mma Ramotswe. McCall Smith ("Sandy to his friends, including Tam) was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Initially a respected expert on medical law and bioethics, he has since become internationally known as a writer of fiction - notably the creator of the "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. Tam was along to hear McColl Smith's latest work - an opera loosely based on Macbeth, but played out in the Okavango Delta in Botswana and Macbeth and his compatriots are baboons. All is revealed at Tam Salutes a National Treasure

East Lothian Tourist Guide

My latest slide show of tourist attractions in various parts of the country focuses on East Lothian - a country area to the east of Edinburgh. It includes the Bass Rock, Crichton, Dirleton and Tantallon castles, Aberlady, Museum of Flight East Fortune, North Berwick Seabird Centre and Portobello. See YouTube

Flowers of Scotland - Spring

With spring very much upon us in Scotland, here's a section on Rampant Scotland that is dedicated to pictures of the many flowers that are to be seen in gardens, parks and the countryside at this time of year. it's divided into eleven pages of thumbnails leading to individual pages on each flower. The pages are linked so you can run through flowers from bulbs primroses, cherry and apple blossom, rhododendrons, azaleas and flowering shrubs as well as the more delicate magnolias and camellias. See the index page at Flowers of Scotland - Spring

Yours aye


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