Menoffagainorrhoea - yes, more trips!

Well, not that big really, it is just the Mlle CG visited, as mentioned on Monday. She is an easy person to have around. The weather wasn't brilliant (... what? you're surprised by that???), but we managed to get a good little outing fitted in between the showers. Though Mlle CG stayed two nights, she had arrived late arvo on the Monday and left mid-morn on the Wednesday, so we only had the Tuesday to do anything with. Having given her a few options, she elected for the trip to Auchindrain.


This abandoned settlement has featured here before when Mara came to visit. However, I didn't linger on the subject. I did give the link to the website, which I just did again. The basics are this; it was a thriving 'tenant' township, self-sustaining with their farming and sufficient to sell at market; then the Highland clearances brought a downturn; some townships survived into the late 1800s and early 1900s, by moving with the times and changing their approach to farming and the construction of buildings. Auchindrain was the last, remaining a genuine community into the 1930s before the number of tenants dropped to just one. Farming ended here in 1963, the last people moved away in 1967, and the township has been open to visitors as a museum since 1968.

Student volunteers were present when we visited this year - and they were living in one of the old cottages, with the fire going and and everything! It made the place seem even more special somehow - and yet also, a tad more eerie. The chooks were out and about this time and the cockerels were being very bossy.



























































A few more piccies here, more Monday - and of course, Tuesday will bring the extras!!!
























































































































...okay this one is a bit random, but I was distracted by the horsefly on it.

Go on, biggify it.

why not continue tomorrow? 'Cuz it's FFFilmclub!!!


16 comments:

  1. What a lovely place to visit! Is it really abandoned? The chickens are cute. Wonderful photos. Have a happy day!

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    1. Hari OM
      It truly is - and everything just left - the Scottish Pompeii.. almost &*> Yxx

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  2. Great photos! The horsefly looks different from ours (they're black). When we were at the last RV park they had old farm equipment decorating a small pond and we thought of you and wondered if you'd like it. We think you would!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. Hari OM
      I would, I would!!! Yxx

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    2. ...just realised there are THREE different bugs in that shot - two types of hornet as well... 8~0..

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  3. I learned to saw on a machine just like the one you have on your post.
    My maternal Gma had 6 daughters 1 son. I was told she would look at dresses in the shop windows, go home cut a pattern out of newpaper and her girls were dressed to impress. None of her daughters learned how to sew...but I was one of 2 granddaughter's who did.
    Hugs Cecilia

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  4. It must have been more and more difficult to live in that world in the 20th century. My biggest sense is of children leaving home, for better employment.

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    1. Hari OM
      It's an interesting thing; certainly that 1960s time was a period of expansion and the draw of the lights... now we have so many in cities seeking to 'return to basics'... Yxx

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  5. I could spend a lot of time wandering around old sites always interesting but a bit sad.
    Merle...............

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  6. I totally love this place... and the mama makes plans for "rescuing" the house with wild diy-projects, like always when she sees an abandoned building :o)

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  7. What a wonderful and quaint step back in history!

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  8. The Irish fled to Canada with the potato famine.
    And we've talked of Perth, ON, history. Demobilized soldiers after 1812 war, was there something that went on in Scotland that led to a downturn in farming, Yam? xx #EnquiringMinds

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    1. Hari OM
      Yes Jenn, that's why I put the link in the text for those who are interested - 'highland clearances' (2nd para). It was over a long period of time and potato famine did also hit Scotland - but it is not given the same focus as from Ireland, as it was during the period of the clearances, which were felt much more deeply. From that link, you will see other resources. Another article you may wish to read is here. Cheers. YAM xx

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    2. I totally missed that. I am feeling a bit slow this month!!!!

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  9. Good Day!
    Between you and Margaret in Northern Ireland showing all the beauty of your parts of the world, I am so hopeful to make another 'trip across the pond' some day. janice xx

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