Dunnet Head, Scotland
Some of you will have picked up already that I am Scottish, but not that I originally came from Glasgow, being brought up in the same area of the city as Billy Connolly, the world famous comedian; with the same deprivations he suffered as a child. That being said, I am proud of my heritage and I am very patriotic. I go back to Scotland a few times each year, visiting different places, even though the weather is temperamental! It is a beautiful country! I often come back home without any photographs because we have been washed out … but just occasionally I manage to shoot what I consider to be something quite special! We had taken our Motorhome to the very north of Scotland, to a place called Dunnet Bay. We were camped just south of the headland of Dunnet Head, with the bay waters to the west. Dunnet Head is the most northern point on the Scottish mainland. The forecast was for five days of cloud, mist and rain and I was prepared for the worst! As it turned out, the whole five days were glorious, and on one particular evening I took my camera and tripod down to the beach and the photographs shown in today’s post were the result! None of you know that I also write a bit of poetry, so I thought I would give you an example of this, as it links the themes of being patriotic with the photographs of a part of beautiful Scotland! I have published two versions of the poem, one at the beginning, and one in the middle of the photographs. The first version is written in ‘Scottish Slang’ and the second in ‘Standard English’, because some of you might find the first version hard to understand. I hope you like the poem and the photographs:
Ah’ve got somethin’ tae say an’ it matters a lot,
Ah’m desperate tae tell ye that ah’m a true Scot,
The funny thing is that ah can’t tell ye why,
Ah’m so proud of ma race an’ the flag that we fly!
‘Cos back in the past we fought wi’ oorsel’s,
An’ clans killed each other so history tells,
We were conquered by English, the shame o’ it a’,
An’ we canna win onythin’ playin fitba’!
So whaur is the pride that ah proudly proclaim,
It’s wi’ Wallace an’ Bruce and the thoosan’s who came,
Tae win back oor country an’ win back oor pride,
An’ bring freedom and dignity back tae oor side!
by John Stirling
I’ve got something to say and it matters a lot,
I’m desperate to tell you that I’m a true Scot,
The funny thing is that I can’t tell you why,
I’m so proud of my race and the flag that we fly!
Because back in the past we fought with ourselves,
And clans killed each other so history tells,
We were conquered by English, the shame of it all,
And we can’t win anything playing football!
So where is the pride that I proudly proclaim,
It’s with Wallace and Bruce and the thousands who came,
To win back our country and win back our pride,
And bring freedom and dignity back to our side!
by John Stirling
Well, there you go! If you have Google Earth and you put in a search for The Caravan Club, Dunnet, Thurso it will take you to the place we camped and the beach next to the campsite. I hope you enjoyed the poem and the photographs and if you would like to explore my blog further you can access the archives on the right! You can even sign up for notification of future posts by e-mail! Thanks for looking in on my blog and please feel free to drop in again!