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New Day

Its been quite a few months since I have done a sunrise session, my new seascape buddy was keen but probably more interested in the cool starfish and spotting whales then anything else :) It was nice to have some company and to have someone shine their torch in my eyes every 15 seconds.. apparently her torch was chasing mine :-/

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Dance the way you feel

I have met so many cool people on social media over the years (alot of top ones here on gplus!)
From those crazy chops who I have met up with at some ungodly hour for a sunrise shoot to others who have provided my stream with alternative views to my own (whether I agree or not) it has all enriched me and for that.. thanks ya'all.

Anyway, it has got me thinking – its really quite heart warming that underneath all the technology, algorithms and desire of companies to make money that the core reason of SM seems to still shine thru, that is to connect people, its still there punching thru all the crap. There is no 'real' life and 'fake online life' for me, its all real world and has been for yonks, when you meet up with the people you met online its all the same just an extension of 'real' life..and I treat all those who I have never met and probably never will… with the same respect as anyone else ..

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Following on from the "Somewhere north of Braemer, Scotland"

just over the hill was this little farm cottage (or more like a small fortress) which was quite an amazing sight, the family was tired of me stopping every 2 seconds to take a photograph, but I could not resist this one, I took a number of shots from this spot, sadly in my haste i messed up the focus on a few which meant my pano, which was gonna be my better shot did not turn out very well :)

So, after alittle research it turns out that this place is: Castle Lodge, Corgarff, Strathdon. Apparently Corgarff Castle dates back to the 16th century, which makes it kinda old… The castles last use was to control the smuggling of illicit whisky between 1831 .. man i reckon it would have some great stories to tell :)

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The enchanted Forest – Pitlochry

I kinda expected a dead body to float to the surface here, this place had the blackest water and the most eerie atmosphere, it was almost like you could hear the hooves of the horse bearing the knights (or goblins depending on your fairy tale) coming thru the trees…

Its actually a place called Faskally Forest in Scotland which is a completely man made / planted area, it was used as a place to train younger 'foresters' in the way of repairing areas ravaged by war. In any case, its a cool spot and apparently the fishing is pretty good too (no dead bodies that I could find either ;) )

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Coffee Helper

I need to watch my kids around my coffee, I remember a few years back after roasting a nice batch of beans I woke up one morning to half of them in the bath tub and the other half out the back door :(
That was Chaos living up to her name :)
This particular day Tickles was being pretty helpful, gave me a hand putting the cooled beans into a tin, half ended up on the ground and I am sure i have a bit of extra grit with my beans but hey, it all adds to the unique flavour I suppose

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Airliners from YSSY

viewed from my backyard :)

Somedays when the light is nice its enjoyable to hang out in the back yard with tickles, my Piccolo Latte (India Elephant Hills AA Grade roasted by yours truly if you really want to know) and watch the big beasts of the air sail past.
I was also just checking them China Eastern aircraft to make sure they had all their engine cowling bits still attached;) Between China Southern and China Eastern there are alot of flights from these two carriers now, and another interesting player, which by the looks of things is backed by China Southern anyways is Xiamen Airlines. Clearly these dudes opted for the cheap default livery (paint scheme) 'cause it looks like the Boeing showroom demonstrator :)
That said, anything that gets more 787's in the air is a good thing in my books, good onya Boeing for striking a blow against the ugly aircraft ;)

now onto my leet segway from Chinese airlines, my recent roast of coffee included a really nice batch from Mt Gaoligong in China and the aforementioned india Elephant Hills AA, these two blended together are awesome and with my new found style of the Piccolo delivery makes any day a good one :)

In Album 25/06/2017