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This evening, my focus is on the small town of Aberlour (full name Charlestown of Aberlour) which sits on the banks of the River Spey between Inverness and Aberdeen in the north of Scotland.

Aberlour is famous for two products: whisky and shortbread. There are some 50 whisky distilleries within a 15 mile radius of the town and Walkers have a major plant in the town producing the famous shortbread. The town has its own Aberlour Distillery.

Here is the Aberlour Hotel

Aberlour Church and War Memorial

Main Street, Aberlour

River Spey at Aberlour. Famous for salmon fishing.

Overall, a pleasant enough small country town. A useful stop when touring the whisky distilleries.

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This afternoon, benefiting from some Spring sunshine, I went off to Pollock House to find more signs of emerging Spring.

Pollock House is an 18th century Palladian Mansion built for the Maxwell family who occupied the site via a succession of castles and grand houses, from the 13th century through to the 21 century. Today, I explored the woodlands and walled garden dating from 1741 which are heavily dominated by Rhododendron, a shrub which is not native to Scotland.

Sir John Stirling Maxwell (1866-1956) had a great impact of the Pollock House gardens. He was an expert horticulturist and a keen collector of new and exotic plants from around the world. The many beautiful trees at Pollock are a legacy of Sir John.

This image shows some early Rhododendron flowers.

I was pleased to find some early daffodils. This species has been held back by the extreme winter 2009-2010.

This is the 250 year old Pollock Beech located on site of the former castle.

Woodland crocus


Overall, an interesting and successful trip with lost of emerging Spring colours in evidence.

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This evening, I have selected the Glasgow landmark Finnieston Crane as my blog theme.

This now Category ‘A’ listed magnificent pice of engineering dates from 1932 when it was constructed by Cowans Sheldon & Company of Carlisle, England at cost about GBP52,000.

During Glasgow’s heyday as major ship builder the crane was used to lift heavy items into new build ships and also items such as locomotives onto ships for export.

The crane is of the cantilever category and extends to 195 feet in height.

The name Finnieston is a misnomer as the crane is actually sited on Stobcross Quay.

The crane is now rarely used for lifting but forms an integral part of the Glasgow skyline.

Elsewhere today:

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