This past Thursday, Lindsay and I headed out with Keith & Helen to yet another churchyard out in the country – Edinkillie. Keith and Helen had previously probed the grounds for buried headstones and had located three that needed to be dug and revealed for transcribing and photographing. I was more than happy to help with that effort and by now they had full confidence in my ability to wield the turf cutter.
We got to work straightway in the morning because the sun was out sporadically yet rain was imminent sometime around noon. We began by digging the turf on the first stone and ended up revealing quite an old stone dating back to 1765 possibly!
The second buried stone also had some inscription and it dated from 1768! The third stone we unburied however had no inscription whatsoever. But all three were uncovered, transcribed, measured and photographed and the sun shone long enough for Keith to get the photographs he needed to complete yet another churchyard for publication. Our job was successful.
I thought the lichen and moss growing on the stones was quite interesting and pretty and thought you might like to see it as well, so Lindsay and I took the photos below. They reminded me of a little miniature forest growing on the rock faces and he thought they looked rather alien from another planet out in the galaxy.
Lindsay and I parted ways with Keith and Helen. They returned to Elgin to their home and we made our way back to Aberdeen through the countryside following “The Whisky Trail” through Dufftown, Aberlour, and Huntley.
It definitely started raining and raining hard as we made our way home. It has been raining for the last 2-3 days, hence, I’ve been indoors writing all of these blogs catching up with myself. As of this post, I am now up-to-date. Yeah!!!!
Today I drove back to Dingwall (in the rain), because Pat & I are headed out for yet another adventure! Tomorrow we’re going south to the area around Perth to stay for a couple of days in a very ‘posh’ hotel called “The Fisher’s” in Pitlochry with her sister, Cecilia, her daughter, Lynn and her granddaughter, Amber. It’s a girl’s only trip and it should prove to be quite a hoot! Blog post to follow in a few days. Until then… happy trails! ~ Claudia