There Are Places

For some of us, there are places we remember all our lives, and for John Lennon one of these places was Durness on the north coast of Scotland where he and his cousins used to spend holidays as children and he had this place in mind when he wrote the song ‘In my Life’ – you can see extracts from this song on the slate slabs which form a local memorial to him, along with some bizarre artefacts possibly left by fans. It wouldn’t surprise me if he played as a child on one of the amazing local beaches, one of many in remote parts of northern Scotland.

The scenery changed from rugged hills and mountains to heather moorland and back again as we travelled eastwards along the northern coastal route, before levelling out to the greener and much flatter coastal parts towards the north eastern tip and John o’ Groats. Before we turned south to follow the eastern seaboard, we visited the Castle of Mey, the Queen Mother’s property now managed by a trust but still visited by Royals. The gardens, mainly a walled garden, were a disappointment though, appearing somewhat unkempt – apparently Prince Charles slways visits at the end of July do perhaps the maintenance regime has slipped rather since his visit was over! Most impressive were several borders of Primula florindae – impressive, but why so many of them?

Revisiting Dunrobin Castle, a picture postcard castle and garden on the northeastern coast was also on the agenda and proved to be a more worthwhile visit, even though the doubly huge obelisks were not a patch on the Golfer’s!

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9 Responses to There Are Places

  1. It’s remarkable how quickly a garden can become ragged, when not cared for regularly.

  2. Christina says:

    If HRH reads your blog he will know that while the cat’s away the mice…….

  3. Dunrobin Castle is quite a stunning spot as are those beaches!

  4. Stunning scenery, I can see why this coastline made left such deep impressions …. I like the strip of primulas, much of the other planting looks a bit humdrum. Wonder what it looks like when HRH is there in July?

  5. What beautiful scenery. I love the big sky look. The formal garden is wonderful.

  6. I love your second photo, such a beautiful sky and scudding clouds. I guess recruits are brought in before the royal visit.

  7. Pauline says:

    I agree, the second photo is of stunning scenery, what a lovely place to visit.
    The Primula florindae are beautiful, it must be a boggy spot, I spy an Astilbe behind them which also likes the damp.I’m sure it looks beautiful when “you know who” is there!

  8. rusty duck says:

    You are doing some travellin’ girl.. 🙂

  9. [D] Perhaps the trust that has Castle of Mey is struggling – with finance or (more likely) with experienced gardeners? The relative remoteness won’t help with either!

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