There are few hangovers around this morning!!
Two beautiful young girls, both aged 16. One of the girls from Scotland, the other from the Ukraine. Both have their futures ahead of them. They have been brought together in Scotland by a brutal war brought about by a man who is now, it is clear, completely unhinged. What right has Putin to destroy the hopes and dreams of young people in the Ukraine and other places?
A bit of a party here last night for our guests from the Ukraine. A good time was had by all. Our thoughts, though, were and are very much with the people who remain in the Ukraine.
The image below represents the beginning of a deep, warm and lasting relationship between the people Scotland and the people of the Ukraine. Apart from anything else, the Scots and the Ukrainians make fine drinking partners!!!
Olena and Svitlana who are staying with us for a while
We have two guests from the Kharkiv in the Ukraine, Olina and Svitlana, who are staying with us for a while. Yesterday, we took the girls to see Findlater Castle and sample our bracing Scottish air.
For the first and last time, I visited Ikea in Southampton this afternoon. I booked a ‘click and collect’ pick-up and oh my, what an utter shambles it was. Hopeless uncommunicative staff moving at a glacial pace (if they are there at all – see the picture of the empty ‘click and collect’ room). They sent me an email telling you that my pick-up is ready and then, when you arrive, you have to wait, and wait, and wait, and wait. An so, goodbye Ikea, you will never see me again!
I never thought this would happen but I have just closed my Adobe Creative Cloud account. Frankly, Adobe are charging too much, too often. I’ve been an Adobe customer for over 20 years. I have moved to products (Affinity, Apple, ACDSee) that do not charge me monthly for their products.
And so, so long Adobe. When you charge more reasonably, I might return as a customer but, for now, you’ve lost me.
I couldn’t eat a whole one!
Mine’s a double!
Join me on the trackside at a Grampian Kart Racing Club meet (14 August 2022)
Don’t go in!
Let’s see if John – https://lvphotoblog.com/blog/ – can identify this chicken (below)?
John is an expert ‘avianonics’ man from Las Vegas. John recently identified this chicken on a different post as a Mandarin Chicken.
Grampian Kart Club
Or is it bottoms up?
Rose hips grow everywhere here in Scotland at this time of year…
A good day to be above rather than below the clouds…
If only all aliens looked this good!
Clear for take-off!!!
Why is it, I have to ask, that in the Netherlands they have miles of really good cycle tracks whilst here in the UK we have hardly any that even begin to compare with the cycle tracks they have in the Netherlands. Could it be something to do with having a completely useless, weak, corrupt and currently paralysed Conservative government in power? Perhaps the Dutch government could tell the British government how to run a country. I never thought I would end up despising the Conservative Party…but, well, here we are!
No inexpensive sandwiches here!
Its funny how bits shrivel up and drop off in later life!!
The Woods Today – Richard Broom Photography
Join me as I walk around the wood close to Duff House, Banff, Aberdeenshire, UK.
The Walk in the Woods – Richard Broom Photography
One of our small native chickens…
These mushy mushrooms would probably kill you stone dead if you cared to nibble on one of them.
I have no idea what this plant (weed?) is called but I call it the firework plant because it looks like a firework exploding in the sky..
Sue makes friends with one of the chickens in the woods.
These long nose chickens spotted near to Banff, Aberdeenshire this afternoon.
Well, we are in Scotland!
A wonderful sunny afternoon in Banff, Aberdeenshire
This log jam represents British politics. Never before in the field of British politics has so much been fucked up for so many by so few!! British politicians – not a good one among ’em. I’d rather trust a snake oil seller. British politicians should be hanging their sorry heads in shame. Indeed, they make us ashamed to be British. As for Liz Truss….is this really the best politics has to offer? I despair!
Are you looking at me?