Some Scottish places worth a visit for when you can, sometime in the future.

On catching up on the blogs I follow, I came across a post that sparked my enthusiasm for travel again.  Unfortunately I think it will be a while before it will be a sensible option to travel overseas.  Maybe another trip to New Zealand might be the first on our list that we are able to visit.

Take a look at the Scottish places that were used in series 4 of The Crown. It is from the blog ELE eat, live, escape.



A Scottish term of endearment?

Teenie trauchle drawers.

I am not sure if this is a term of endearment but I certainly thought of it as such.  My dad used to say Teenie trauchle drawers when I was a youngster.  I came across the saying Teenie from Troon yesterday and it made me think of the expression my dad had used. I did a bit of searching on the internet and there are many expressions using the name Teenie which is a generic form for addressing someone in parts of Scotland.Trauchle drawers I always thought referred to pants falling down.  For example when a baby’s nappy would be working its way loose. I checked up in the Scottish dictionary for confirmation and trauchle is used as a verb.

2. Specif. To injure, spoil, befoul or bedraggle by dragging, trailing, knocking about or trampling, to damage or blemish from carelessness or slovenliness (Sc. 1808 Jam.; ne.Sc., Slg., Fif., sm.Sc. 1973); ¶in 1931 quot., to spoil a shot at golf, to muff a stroke. Hence (1) trachelt, ppl.adj., bedraggled, dishevelled, tangled, knocked about; slovenly, untidy, dirty (Rxb. 1801 J. Leyden Complaynt 377; Dmf. 1920; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein); of crops: beaten down by wind and rain; (2) trachlie, apt to entangle (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 195). Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Journal 26:
For as laggart an’ trachel’d as I wis wi’ tawin amo’ the dubs. Abd. 1794 W. Farquhar Poems 191:
Sair trackl’d wi’ the win’ and weet. Sc. 1825 Jam.:
A person is said to trauchle corn or grass, when he injures it by treading on it. Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb i.:
We canna hae the beast’s meat trachel’t amo’ their feet. Sc. 1873 D. M. Ogilvy Willie Wabster 4:
Shame fa’ thae trauchled, taupiet queans. Abd. 1903 J. Milne Myths 21:
He saw that her dress was both meanly and badly put on: “She was trachelt in her claes” was the expression he used. Fif. 1905 S. Tytler Daughter of the Manse iv. ii.:
Going home trachled and draigled in the wet.

(From Dictionary of the Scots Language)

I admit to referring to my children as Teenie trauchle drawers when they were losing their cloth nappy.  Probably not something they remember me saying as they would be too young to remember.

My children do have some Scottish words that they use so some have remained with them.

Elie, St Monans, Anstruther, Kirkcaldy, Fife. . . . .

I have just finished the latest Val McDermid book, Still Life. Again she has produced a terrific crime fiction novel and the bonus is that it is set in Fife, the county in which I was born.  The many place names mentioned in the book brought back memories of my years in Scotland.

“Val McDermid is the award-winning, international bestselling author of more than thirty novels and has been hailed as Britain’s Queen of Crime. In Still Life, McDermid returns to her propulsive series featuring DCI Karen Pirie, who finds herself investigating the shadowy world of forgery, where things are never what they seem.

When a lobster fisherman discovers a dead body in Scotland’s Firth of Forth, Karen is called into investigate. She quickly discovers that the case will require untangling a complicated web―including a historic disappearance, art forgery, and secret identities―that seems to orbit around a painting copyist who can mimic anyone from Holbein to Hockney. Meanwhile, a traffic crash leads to the discovery of a skeleton in a suburban garage. Needless to say, Karen has her plate full. Meanwhile, the man responsible for the death of the love of her life is being released from prison, reopening old wounds just as she was getting back on her feet.

Tightly plotted and intensely gripping, Still Life is Val McDermid at her best, and new and longtime readers alike will delight in the latest addition to this superior series.”

Another great read done in a trice.

Fancy a trip to Scotland?

I came across this poster on Twitter and was surprised that there were several books here that I haven’t read.  I have read six of the fourteen displayed.  I will need to look out for the remaining eight. Have you read any of these? I enjoy crime fiction that is why the poster caught my attention.

Tuesday Travels . . . The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow

You can tell by the entrance to the Hunterian Museum that this was a building of some age.

The architecture was beautiful.

The museum is not huge but there is still a great deal to view as there is a large collection.  Part of the museum was closed off as they were preparing a new exhibition. The exhibition that was featured while we were there was the distance slabs of the Antonine Wall.

I neglected to take a picture of the actual slabs but they were extremely interesting.

This one is from the internet,

“This distance slab was found in 1812 in the Duntocher area of Clydebank, near to a roman fort. These distance slabs were made by the legions to mark the completion of a section of the Antonine wall and have been found in several places along its length. The stone is richly decorated with two roman soldiers flanking two winged females (an unidentified mythological creature) below the central area with the inscription. The inscription translates as: “For the Emperor Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, father of his country, a detachment of the Sixth Victorious, Loyal and Faithful Legion completed the rampart work [over a distance of] 3240 feet”. The sickle or axe shaped banners on either side of the inscription plate are similar to animalistic symbols found on other distance slabs and jewellery from the Roman period and may have been influenced by art from other cultures incorporated within the empire.” (Kevin Grant- University of Glasgow)

They also had some shoes which were the same as those we had seen at Vindolanda, andthey were in beautiful condition.

Once we left the Antonine exhibition we moved into the main display area.

Fascinating exhibits and I particularly loved the huge pictures which were used as teaching aids.

If you are in Glasgow you must certainly visit the Hunterian Museum.

Tuesday Travels. . . Paisley

I would have to say that Paisley was a bit of a disappointment in my view. I had been  looking forward to visiting the Paisley Museum and Art Gallery but unfortunately it had been closed up the day before we arrived and it was to be closed for a few years for major renovations.  Oh dear.  We will need to go back another time.  Paisley is vying to be named UK city of Culture for 2021.

Paisley is probably most commonly associated with the Paisley pattern.

“Paisley refers to a patterned cloth inspired by an ancient Persian design of curved, teardrop shapes in many different colours. The pattern became very popular in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries and its English name comes from the town in southwest Scotland where the cloth was produced.

Between 1800 and 1850, the town of Paisley in Scotland was the world’s leading producer of shawls with the paisley design. At a time when most textile manufacturers were making paisley designs with just two colours, the weavers in Paisley were making their designs with five colours. By 1860, paisley designs from the Scottish town contained up to 15 distinct colours.

In Asia, the pattern has remained a popular design on everything from textiles and clothing to rugs and jewellery. Paisley patterns are often woven with gold or silver thread on silk to make high-quality gifts for special occasions. Paisley is used in a wide range of decorative items including paintings, curtains, table linens and pottery.

Paisley eventually fell out of fashion in Western culture for a time but became popular again in the 1960s thanks to the influence of Eastern-influenced music and psychedelia.” (Macmillan Dictionary)

You can read all about the history of this beautiful pattern here.

While in Paisley we stayed at a wonderful hotel called Ashtree House Hotel. 

The dining room had echoes of Charles Rennie Macintosh furniture.

The view from our sitting room/bedroom.

The hotel was ideal for us as it was only ten minutes drive to the airport for our return to Australia.

One of the attractions we were able to visit in Paisley were The Sma’ Shot Cottages where you get an insight into two distinct periods of Paisley’s weaving history. Admission is free, however, all donations towards the upkeep of the cottages are gratefully accepted.

Paisley was our base for further trips into the centre of Glasgow.