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Part 1 Volunteering to Save Lives... Meet Mountain Rescue – an interview by Alyson MacDonald Mason I met with Iain Nesbitt of Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team on a snowy day in Inverness to learn more about what Mountain Rescue does and what attracted him to volunteer for a team. Iain Nesbitt is the first Mountain Rescue volunteer I have met, and I imagine that most people, like me, are fascinated by not only what these volunteers do but also who they are. Iain is a forester who volunteers with Dundonnell Mountain Rescue. He works and lives on Brahan Estate. Iain has always preferred being outside, enjoying hillwalking as a teenager in the hills around Stranraer. At 18 he headed north to Inverness to study forestry and remained in the area. Hillwalking took a back seat when work and family took up most of his time. As his family grew up, he started hillwalking again, tackling local hills and setting bigger challenges, including deciding to climb all the

Munros. As his fitness improved he felt a sense of achievement and well-being. Seeing Scotland from a different perspective, he enjoyed each experience. During this time, he met Mountain Rescue volunteers and was inspired by their recollections of rescues and experiences. Iain applied to join his local team, Dundonnell Mountain Rescue and started his training. New recruits spend a year training before becoming a full team member. Iain found himself undertaking training covering search scenarios, winter skills training, safety on steep ground, team safety, first aid, the use of spinal boards and oxygen and helicopter training. The Dundonnell team cover an area of approx. 3,000 sq. miles including some very remote areas and has 44 members (including trainees). Teams will support each other if needed. I asked Iain how he felt about call-outs in bad weather or at night. With a wry smile he confirmed that this was part of the role, the safety of team members comes first, but sometimes situations require a search in darkness or adverse weather. The safety of the lost or injured person is always the driver.

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25 thursday Tin Hut Accoustic Music Session 8pm - 11pm, the Tin Hut, Gartly Community Hall. Opportunity for musicians to play in an informal setting. Folk, Blues & Traditional music. Call Fraser Wilson or Chas Ford on 01466 720247 or 01466 720234. email at f.wilson@bosinternet.com

26 friday Betamax Bandits: A Night of the 80s 7pm - 11pm, Stewart's Hall, Gordon Street, Huntly. Fancy Dress is optional but we will award a prize for the best outfit. call 01467 537753 or email at info@centeral.co.uk www.centeral.co.uk Doorways in Drumorty 7.30pm, New Deer Public Hall, Fordyce Terrace, New Deer. Adults £10; Conc £9 (The Pharmacy & Food forTthought, New Deer or at the door). Based on the work of Strichen, author Lorna Moon. Booking advisable. call 01771 644217 or 01771 644366

27 saturday Turriff & Upper Ythan Walking Group: Coffee Morning 10am - 12pm, Turriff British Legion. £2.50. Call Irene Dall on 01888 563043 or email at irened48@hotmail.co.uk Doorways in Drumorty 7.30 pm, Alvah Parish Hall, Alvah, Banff. Adults £10; Conc £9; U16s £6; Family £30. Based on the work of Strichen, author Lorna Moon..Eemail at alvahandforglenarts@gmail.com. www.neatshows.org.uk/events The Sorries 7.30pm, Bennachie Centre, Chapel of Garioch. £6. All welcome Macduff Market: Fresh meats & vegetables, oils, homemade preserves 9am - 12pm, Macduff Fish Market, the Harbour, Macduff. call 01261 832571

27 saturday - 28 sunday April 2019 23 tuesday Alzheimers' Scotland: Hae a News 2pm - 3.30pm, Turriff library. Open group so come along for a cuppa & a blether Bookbug Rhymetime 10am - 10.30am, Huntly library Free. Song, rhyme & stories for babies, toddlers & pre-school children & their parents or carers admin@winterburnmedia.co.uk

Etape Loch Ness: 66 miles on traffic free roads, starting & finishing in Inverness. General entry full but still places available by joining Team Macmillan 6.15am (start). registration on 27th 10am, Loch Ness, Inverness. 18+. Spectator info at www.etapelochness.com

29 monday Huntly Tea Dance 2pm - 4pm, Stewart's Hall, Gordon Street, Huntly. 1pm - 2pm (Free dance lesson). All welcome. call 01466 793732 Turriff U3A: Local History 2.45pm - 4.15pm, Turriff

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Turriff & District U3a: Creative Writing Group 10.15am - 11.45am, Turriff library. For further details, please contact Turriff library

4 saturday May 2019 1 wednesday SQA ICT Class Level 2 &/or Level 3 TBA, Turriff Gateway Community Centre. Free. Computer classes for anyone wanting to improve their skills Call Christine Robson on 01888 530834 or email at christine.robson@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

1 wednesday - 3 friday Aberdeen Golf Links Pro-Am Royal Aberdeen: Inaugural event Trump International, Cruden Bay. For further details see website. Call 07779 994236 or email at getintouch@aberdeengolflinks.com. www.aberdeengolflinks.com Aberdeen Gin Festival 1-4 pg May 19.pdf

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4 saturday - 5 sunday Tractor Pulling 5pm - 10pm (Sat) & 12pm - 8pm (Sun), Turriff Showground, Station Road, Turriff The first tractor pulling event of the season hosted by the North East Tractor Pulling Club

5 sunday A Day Out at Duff House 11am - 6pm, Duff House, Banff. Incl in normal admission (Members free). Guided tour, with the chance to enjoy lunch in the tearoom & a piano recital in the Grand Salon. Call 01261 818181 or email at friendsofduffhouse@gmail.com www.friendsofduffhouse.org.uk Garioch Young Farmers: New Members BBQ 1pm onwards, Back o' Bennachie, Oyne. Call Avril on 07876 457843 WKC Aberdeen Open 9am, Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. £6. Kickboxing Open featuring the world's best martial artists

6 monday Blood Donors: Fyvie 5pm - 8pm, Fyvie Primary School. Main Street, Fyvie. To book an appointment please call 0345 90 90 999 or email nss.snbtsenquiry@nhs.net Turriff & District Community Council 7pm - 9pm, Turriff Academy. Members of the public welcome

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Turriff Library. Open group so come along for a cuppa & a blether. Call 01888 530830 Banff & Buchan Employability Workshop/Job Club 12pm - 3pm, Deveron Community & Sport Centre, Bellevue Road, Banff. Free. No appointment needed so please come along if you would like some advice about your employment needs, CV, applications, job searching or access to a computer. Email chris.holmes@aberdeenshire.gov.uk www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-

10 friday Fyvie Folk Club 8pm, The Vale Hotel, Fyvie. Call 01651 891797 or email mike@flobbets.freeserve.co.uk Turriff & District U3A: Arts Appreciation 2.45pm 4.15pm, Turriff Library. Free. Call 01888 530830

11 saturday Can You Catch the Killer (New Deer) 7pm, New Deer Public Hall, Fordyce Terrace, New Deer. £10. An interactive murder mystery game where it's up to YOU to prove your worth as a detective by solving a heinous killing. Ages 12+ Unbelievable Featuring Smith & Burns: An evening of magic, mystery & tall tales 7.30pm, Baden Powell Centre, Baden Powell Road, Turriff. Call 07710 007327

12 sunday Tea Dance at Fyvie Castle: Live music with Charlie Esson on the accordion & of course tea & homemade scone with jam & cream! 1.30pm, The Racquets Court, Fyvie Castle. £10 (Booking essential). Call 01651 891266. www.nts.org.uk Lumsden Mary Fair 12pm - 3pm, Lumsden Village Hall. Free. Come & join the fun at our annual Mary Fair, Pipe Band, BBQ, Guarana drummers, stalls, games & much more! Call Tanya Reynolds on 07961 685 013 or email lumsdenevents@gmail.com www.lumsdencommunity.co.uk Keith Royal British Legion Tea Dance with Susie Simpson 2pm - 4.30pm, The Royal British Legion, Balloch Road, Keith

13 monday CPR Session: Basic skills 7pm - 8pm, Insch Library. Booking is essential at this free event as spaces are limited Call 01464 635190

14 tuesday Turriff & Upper Ythan Walking Group: Tappie Tower, Kirkhill Forest TBC, Turriff. Distance: 4.5 miles. Traveling by bus to our walks with pick-up points in Turriff, Fyvie & Rothienorman. Call 078251 115792 or email at tuywg@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/tuywg Turriff & District U3A: Family History 10.15am 11.45am, Turriff Library. Free. Call 01888 530830

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15 wednesday - 17 friday Dracula ...The Travesty 7.30pm, Bennachie Centre, Chapel of Garioch. £6. Elements of physical theatre, stand-up & comedy routines

16 thursday Huntly Film Club 7.30pm - 10pm, Ex-Servicemen's Club, Huntly. Free. Email huntlyfilms@hotmail.com for details 2019 Unibet Premier League Darts 7pm, Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. £23

16 thursday - 19 sunday The Dad's Army Radio Show 7.30 pm, Alvah Parish Hall, Alvah Banff. Adults £10 £ Conc £9 U16 £6 Family £30. brilliant staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series. Email alvahandforglenarts@gmail.com www.neatshows.org.uk/events

17 friday Folk at the Salmon Bothy 7pm for 7.30pm, The Salmon Bothy, Links Road, Portsoy. All welcome to perform songs, poems, tunes & stories – not just folk related, as diversity is encouraged. Those who wish to just listen are also welcome. Call 01261 842951 or emai at contact@salmonbothy.org.uk Turriff & District U3A: Current Affairs 2.45pm 4.15pm, Turriff Library. Call 01888 530830 Turriff & District U3A Geology 10.30am - 11.45am, Turriff Library. Free. Call 01888 530830 Turriff & District U3A: Current Affairs 2.45pm 4.15pm, Turriff Library. Free. Call 01888 530830

17 friday - 19 sunday Strichen Festival: Traditional music, song, verse, drama & story. Enjoy listening to or using the Doric Various timings. Strichen (The Ritchie Hall, Strichen School & The Royal British Legion Hall, etc). Email at info@buchanheritagesociety.co.uk www.buchanheritagesociety.co.uk/strichen-festival

17 friday - 20 monday Banff & Moray Members' Centre (NTS) 3 day tour of East Lothian by coach visiting places like Preston Mill, Newhailes House & Lady Victoria Mining Museum. Call Janice Oakes on 01309 675224 or email at janiceoakes51@gmail.com

18 saturday Gung-Ho! Aberdeen 9am, Castle Fraser, Sauchen, Inverurie. £4.26. 5K - Get ready to run, jump & climb over some of the the biggest inflatable obstacles in the world F.O.C.U.S. 2019: Craft Fair plus raffle in aid of Shopmobility Aberdeen 10am - 4pm, Inverurie Town Hall, Market Place, Inverurie. Call 01467 621610 Katherine Jenkins Tribute Evening with Fiona Kelly 7.30pm, The Music Gallery, Fyvie Castle. £15 adults

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Booking essential. Seating at tables of 10. Bar available. Call 01651 891266. www.nts.org.uk Lego Club: Create, share, play - come &. build something with Lego 2pm - 3pm, Turriff Library Free. Open sessions suitable for 5 - 12yrs. Call 01888 530830 Friendly Fest 2019 All day, Kynoch Park, Balloch Road, Keith. Early Bird £17.50. Headlined by Italian dj, Mauro Picotto; Happy Monday’s Tribute the Happy Mondaze & Abba tribute Abba A. 2 stages playing a diverse range of music to suit all tastes. Over 18s only. www.skiddle.com/festivals The Aviemore 100 Bike Challenge 9am, Glenmore Hayfield, Aviemore. 70 km road cycle followed by a 30 km off-road MTB challenge. Organised by Mikes Bikes (Aviemore) & Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Email at paul.corrigan@chss.org.uk Keith Silver Band Concert: Glenisla Care Home, Keith 2.30pm, Glenisla Care Home, Keith A concert for residents, relatives, staff & friends only www.keithsilverband.org

18 saturday - 29 wednesday Romantic Scotland: Depictions of Scotland's changing landscapes created by artists & writers in the 19th century, with the reality of ordinary life 11am, Duff House, Banff. Free (incl in admission price). www.historicenvironment.scot/events

20 monday Team Turiff Reading Group 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Turriff Library. New members always welcome. Call 01888 530830 NoWs Huntly Tea Dance 1pm - 4pm, Stewarts Hall, Gordon Street, Huntly. £3.50 (incl refreshments) Don’t worry if you don’t know the dances - before every tea dance there are free dance lessons for people attending the afternoon. Call 01466 793732 or email at fiona@networksofwellbeing.org www.networksofwellbeingltd

21 tuesday Turriff & District U3A: Creative Writing Group 10.15am - 11.45am, Turriff Library. Free. All welcome Call 01888 530830 Banff & Buchan Employability Workshop/Job Club 12.30pm -3pm, Deveron Community & Sport Centre, Bellevue Road, Banff. No appointment needed so please come along if you would like some advice about your employment needs, CV, applications, job searching or access to a computer. Email chirs.holmes@aberdeenshire.gov.uk www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-

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25 saturday Crazy Little Thing Called Queen TBC, Deveronside Community Social Club, Duncan Street, Banff. £10; table of 10 at £7.50 per person. Call 01261 812769 Cairngorm to Coast: 100km Hike & Bike Challenge 9am, Cairngorm Mountain Ski Centre. Three entry options - 100km bike, 100km hike & bike & 30km hike. Call 01343 549571 or email at info@outfitmoray.com. www.outfirmoray.com/c2c

28 tuesday Turriff & Upper Ythan Walking Group: Linn Falls, Aberlour TBC, Turriff. Distance: 5 miles. Travelling by bus to our walks with pick-up points in Turriff, Fyvie & Rothienorman. Call 078251 115792 or email at tuywg@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/tuywg

28 tuesday - 1 june (saturday) Hairspray presented by Aurora Productions 7.30pm plus Sat Matinee 2.30pm, Stewarts Hall, Gordon Street, Huntly. Stalls £13; Balcony £15. Booking essential. Call 01466 780889. www.auroramusic.co.uk

29 wednesday Bookbug Rhymetime 10am - 10.30am, Huntly Library. Free. A song, rhyme & story session for babies, toddlers & pre-school children & their parents or carers. Call Susan McKay on 01467 532929 or 01466 405950

30 thursday Tin Hut Accoustic Music Session 8pm - 11pm, The Tin Hut, Gartly Community Hall. Opportunity for musicians to play in an informal setting. folk, blues & traditional music. Call Fraser Wilson or Chas Ford 01466 720247 or 01466 720234. Email at f.wilson@bosinternet.com

31 friday Fundraising Evening in Aid of Charlie House in Memory of Cadi 7.30pm - 1am, The Drouthy Laird, Victoria Buildings, Inverurie. £15. Entertainment, games, raffles, nibbles & arrival drink. Gentleman's sponsored wax. Over 18s only. Call Claire Murison on 07803 533571

31 friday - 2 june (sunday) Portsoy Music Festival: The Tenth Haal 12pm, The Salmon Bothy, Links Road, Portsoy. Free. Bothy ballads to Burns as well as Celtic, Folk, Americana & Irish-influenced music. Includes Siobhan Miller, Jimmy Crowley & Ralph McTel

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The irresistible story of Japanese cherry blossoms, threatened by political ideology and saved by an unknown Englishman. Collingwood Ingram, known as 'Cherry' for his defining obsession, was born in 1880 and lived until he was a hundred. After visiting Japan in 1902 and 1907, Ingram fell in love with cherry blossoms, or sakura, and dedicated much of his life to their cultivation and preservation.

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Before you follow the path into your family's history, beware of the secrets you may find. Amidst the dust of her old life, Ruth discovers a hidden diary from the eighteenth century, written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine. As she sifts through the ancient pages of the past, Ruth opens a door to the past that she can't close, and meets a ghost in her family tree who wasn't invited. She will have to draw upon new friends and old in what will become a battle for her very survival...

A Pinch of Magic By Michelle Harrison Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse. But each of the sisters holds a secret, three magical objects passed down to them, each with a different enchanted property: an old carpet bag, a nest of dolls and a gilt-framed mirror. Together they hope to use their inheritance to defeat the curse upon them. When they encounter a stranger, a prisoner, who claims to hold secret knowledge about the curse he’s willing to trade - for a price - the sisters must decide who to trust and discover whether the objects they keep hold the key to their freedom or a path to unimaginable peril.

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The Truth About Keeping Secrets By Savannah Brown Sydney's dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around in their small Ohio town. He is also unexpectedly dead. Sydney believes the crash was anything but an accident. And when the threatening texts begin, and June Copeland - homecoming queen and golden child appears at his funeral out of nowhere, she's sure of it.


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Turriff During May... a feast of FUN!! A warm invitation is extended to everyone to head to Turriff this May Day, Monday May 6th, from 10.00am – 4.30pm, to help celebrate this the 32nd Turriff May Day Spectacular. Once again, this lovely, vibrant thriving and Britain’s most Beautiful High-Street Award-Winning Town Centre will host the colourful annual spectacle. The Town Centre will yet again be transformed to mark a day that has been recognised by people the world over since 1886, when it was known as “Labour Day” to mark the beginning of the 8-hour working day.

Winning eateries’, shops and hotels, all of which will be open for business and will have special offers on the day. Perhaps best to book in advance should you have a preference for a particular establishment to guarantee you a sit-down meal in the comfortable and welcoming surroundings of the eatery of your choice.

Weather permitting, we expect it to be another roaring success as Turriff’s May Day is a fantastic day out for the whole family to enjoy. Alongside the many stalls selling a variety of goods there will be entertainment all day, with music provided by the award winning Turriff and District Pipe Band and Turriff Silver Band. And of course, Deveron FM will be there to keep the day moving along. There will also be a display of Highland Dancing from our young dancing stars from the Mary Aitken School of dancing who wish to showcase their talents. Other attractions will be Dean Spruce, a local Magician and children’s entertainer who will be on hand throughout the day with various performances.

As the week commencing 6th of May coincides with the British Red Cross’s special “Red Cross Week” our local shop here in Turriff will have many special offers both in the shop and out on the street too. They hope to be encouraging people to help the fund raiser for this special week, showing the rest of the country just how generous the people of Turriff & District can be.

Along with the usual fun fairs and inflatable slides, this year we have not one but Two Firsts for Turriff, our first, First, is we have the addition of a Mechanical Trampoline, and Bumper Cars. Our second First for Turriff this year is, we will be hosting GG Lounge, which is Scotland’s first and only Mobile Gaming Party attraction, there will be PS4’s with 40” Televisions, Wii Dance, Reality Headsets and a Gaming Library. Something new for the as of yet not catered for members of the crowd. Of course, we are in the very enviable position here in Turriff to have on hand a wonderful array of local Award

Dolina added, “We have Shoe Shops, Clothes Shops, Hardware Shops, Food Shops, Butchers, Bakers, but I am afraid, not a Candlestick Maker, although; I am quite sure you could purchase candles from many of our shops”! So, come along and join in all the fun and activities on offer as well as enjoying a great day out in Turriffic Turriff!! With the carnival atmosphere and all the fun to be had, I guarantee, you’ll be glad you did! Proceeding’s will start at 10 am and conclude at 4pm. During May Turriff will be playing host to various events such as Tractor Pulling, Vintage and Classic Car Rally, Football Festival and Flower Festival, Dolina Mackenzie May Day Co-ordinator 07897 290355


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My collie x Labrador Nellie accompanies me at all times in the field. I wouldn’t be without her anyway but a dog can be an extra pair of eyes. Like me, she will sit and look around her surroundings. By looking at her at regular intervals I can see if her attention has been drawn to any movement in the sky. Many times I have received the ‘it’s behind you!’ signal from my dog.

Having seen the results that can be obtained by using a trail camera (sometimes called a nest trap camera) I decided to get one myself. They work by detecting movement and automatically take a photograph or a video. A gamekeeper kindly deposited a dead sheep on the hill for me and I left the camera strapped to a post beside it for a couple of weeks. It took 500 shots per week! The photographs (I thought) were fantastic and, with a bit of practice, I

If possible I make a second visit during incubation in April or May. Observations are always made from a distance by telescope. I have never flushed a sitting bird as this can easily cause desertion. The preferred method is to climb up the opposite ridge and look across from a distance. Sometimes all I can see is the golden nape of the sitting bird and the yellow bill. When the head slowly turns from one side to the other I know that my eyes are not playing tricks with me! Job done I can either walk out or, if I have enough time, wait to see if the male comes along and watch a changeover take place. I remember one day in Sutherland in May 2015. I had seen a pair in residence earlier in the year in a territory which I expected to be occupied. The traditional ledge was still full of snow so it was necessary to scan an extensive range of cliffs with my telescope to find a nest (if there was one at all). It can be an


almost impossible and frustrating task – ‘cold searching’ for a sitting bird. Being unsuccessful comes with the job. However, after several hours watching and searching I saw a golden eagle heading for the crags four kilometres south. This could be a one-and-only opportunity so,

holding my breath, I watched it purposefully head for the nest – unknowingly giving away its secret. In order to drop neatly beside the nest (there’s no runway) the approaching bird flew slightly below its target, pulling up to lose all speed just before landing at the nest. I felt

jubilant! Using a map and compass I made a note of the position so that I could return to make a closer examination in June. Jon Brain

Trail camera picture (6 March 2016)


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Has your garden been looking spring-like with plenty of flowers this year? Or are you still waiting on the summer months before seeing your plants produce their flowers? I think that the most important part of the gardening year to plan ahead for is the end of the winter and start of spring. Winters can seem to drag on endlessly, especially in the North of Scotland, and it can make a world of difference seeing flowers appearing and reminding you of the wonders of nature in your back garden. Spring is a good time to think about this as well because it is a great time for planting. Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) can be bought ‘in the green’, or donated by a friendly neighbour, a far more successful alternative to planting them as bulbs.

shady position, as long as it is not anywhere too exposed. My favourite plants are flowering trees, and you don’t have to stick to Cherry trees to get great flowers. Varieties of Hawthorn, Pear and Crab Apple will thrive in Highland gardens and reward you with fantastic spring flowers. Last year I planted Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ and Malus ‘Evereste’ and both are romping away happily. If your garden isn’t looking brilliant at the moment, or you felt it looked dreary over the winter, take it as an opportunity to make things different next year. One of the wonderful things about gardening is how it forces you to slow down, and observe changes and improvements in terms of years and even decades, rather than minutes and hours.

Considered by some to be the first flowers of spring, these are really the last flowers of winter. Early-flowering Crocus are a great idea too, though you’ll need to wait till later in the year to plant Crocus bulbs. It is worth planning ahead for the rest of year, to make sure you are rewarded next spring. Late summer and autumn are the time for planting spring bulbs. The humble Daffodil is for many the quintessential indicator of spring being in full force. However, do not neglect the rest of the Narcissi genus. There are dozens of varieties of Narcissi, not all Daffodils strictly speaking, but many have a more delicate and attractive appearance. Colours range from almost white right through to almost orange, and if you go for a ‘Jonquilla’ variety you get scent too! Fun fact – a Narcissus is only a Daffodil if the internal trumpet (the ‘corona’) in the flower is longer than the petals. Narcissus look great mass-planted, so go for as many as you can afford and have space for. Don’t forget about Tulips too, again, planted in groups. In terms of plants that are good spring value, you can look at species such as Helleborus hybridus ‘Harvington yellow speckled’, Primroses, Pulmonarias and Brunneras. Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' makes regular appearances in my garden designs as it will put up with a

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Varieties of Narcissi Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’


The Roads We Rely On by Highland Historian Throughout the tensions of the early Jacobite period, it was clear that access and maneuverability were key issues that needed to be addressed for control of the Highlands and North East. Readers will be aware of the roads built by General George Wade between 1724 and 1740, but it was Wade’s protégé’s extension of the road-building project from 1747 that had a lasting impact in the North West and South West Highlands as well as into Aberdeen-shire; all key recruiting grounds for the Jacobite army of 1745-1746. The origin of Wade’s project was the increasing Highland influence in the Jacobite Risings of 1689, 1715 and 1719 and the insecurities which the Hanoverian monarchy and Government of the time of Wade’s command felt in the Gàidhealtachd. Wade was Commander-in-Chief of the forces in North Britain from 1724-1740 and again in September until December 1745 at the age of 72. Wade’s road building focused on the Great Glen and Highland Perthshire and consisted of 35 bridges, including the impressive Tay Bridge at Aberfeldy, and 240 Major William Caulfeild

miles of road. The Aberfeldy bridge was designed by William Adam and cost £4,095 5s 10d. An ironic fact is that it was Wade’s road through the Corrieyarrick Pass that aided the Jacobite advance on Edinburgh before the battle of Prestonpans. It is also this pass that my ancestor used to move with a barrow of his belongings from Dores to Blairgowrie 150 years later in search of a sustainable livelihood! After Culloden in April 1746 and seeing the tests of the network during the ‘45, Major William Caulfeild took over and masterminded the road network extensions. Wade’s protégé had been with him since 1729 and had been promoted by Wade to the position of Inspector of Roads in 1732. One of the best examples of their joint work is the bridge at Sluggan, an important junction between Wade’s and Caulfeild’s roads. Despite being partly washed away in 1829, it was rebuilt in the original design which is synonymous with Caulfeild’s single-arch bridges. One of the few written records states that the similar 1749 Caulfeild’s Bridge at the Spittal of Glenshee was built for £40.

Bridge at Sluggan

Caulfeild remained the Inspector of Roads until his death in 1767. By this time he had overseen the completion of over 800 miles of extensions to Wade’s road network and c.600 bridges. This included the road from the Great Glen to Glenelg; roads linking Crieff, Dumbarton, Inverary and Fort William; and a complex road network linking Dunkeld to Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Portsoy, Corgarff, Braemar, Fochabers, Grantown-on-Spey, Forres and Fort George. The project of 1747 also ran alongside the first military survey of Scotland which led to the formation of the Ordinance Survey. It must be recognised that these roads facilitated the systematic subduing of Gaelic culture in the West and Episcopalian Jacobitism in the North East. It also facilitated the access of the British Army to recruits who, from the late 18th century until today have been involved in virtually every British military campaign. Today, Wade and Caulfeild might also be seen as the facilitators of tourism in the North and as the people who did more for the road networks in the Highlands than anyone since.

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