Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The Old Drove Road


River Tweed at the village of Yael near Galashiels,Scottish Borders.

Driving around country roads in this area,looking for a woodland walk,my friend Morelle and I found a ramblers route leading to the hills.The path we took is part of the Southern Upland Way,which traverses southern Scotland. Before the days of railways this was a drove road used by drovers to move cattle to markets across the country.



The Tweed is a well known salmon fishing river.


We walked along a road beside the river before taking the path to the hills.


Roadside vegetation.








Southern Upland Way


Birch Trees


Dry stone wall


Hay field


Conifer plantations








Scottish Bluebells  (Harebells)

In folklore they are linked with magic and called witches thimbles and fairy bells.





Fields at dusk.

The tree lined rounded hilltops define the landscape of this area.





Feathers,petals and rowan berries collected in my garden.





13 comments:

sharon said...

WOW I must go to Scotland....!!! before I die!

Boris said...

Our Earth is beautiful in all corners of the big world.

cosmos said...

Another wonderful place to stroll. Salmon fishing is thriving? Here in Japan, Hokkaido, northern end of Japan, produces quality salmon.
There're not so many people visiting here ? So rich in nature and grass for livestock to graze. It's funny rounded hilltops lined with trees look like Mohican hairstyle.

cosmos

Charlotte said...

What a glorious walk. There is something rather special about the way the light at dusk changes the landscape. Not only that but the palette of greens are amazing right now.

biebkriebels said...

It is so nice to walk with you through your beautiful country. Thanks for the wonderful pictures.

Pet said...

What an extraordinary countryside have you got around! It has put Scotland up on my list of places to visit!

stardust said...

Hello, Ruby. Before the time of railway in Japan, rivers were utilized for water transportation of people and loads, too. Lumbers cut in the mountains used to be transported in the form of rafts, but it all stopped in 20th Century. And people walked. Your walk along the river to the hills is refreshing. Green and flowers and sunset color over the hills are so beautiful and I like dry stone wall which reminds me of Japanese castles, temples or old private mansions.

Yoko

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Cosmos,Scotland is not densely populated so it's quite easy to find deserted places to walk.

snowwhite said...

Hi Ruby,
It is wonderful to imagine the old time when a river was used as a drove road.

Last year when I stayed with my son in Tokyo, I took a small river cruise. Tokyo has highly developed subway system. They are very convenient and save time, but boring. Just moving one place to another.
To move by boat was soothing and refreshing!

Have a great week!

keiko

sarah said...

Hi Ruby,
The stream of River Tweed is very beautiful.
I think it's hard work to pile a lots of stones for people. When I visited England I saw the fences like that here and there. I knew now it's called Dry Stone Wall.
I like the view in the 17th picture.
Have a nice week ahead!

Palomasea said...

Another breathtaking post, dear Ruby....
I love the fairy bells too :)
This stunning landscape is similar to some areas in Minnesota.
I love the lush and green land.
Blessings to you,
- Irina

Lynn said...

Beautiful pictures. I'm so longing to visit Scotland again.

I was away for a couple of days, and have only now answered your question about the book I mentioned in my post - wasn't sure whether you'd have a chance to check back - but no, the Thomas the Rhymer story isn't in the collection.

I love it that so many of these old stories can be traced back to a specific place. Feeling that connection is a big part of the enjoyment and importance of "story", I find.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Thank you for your comments.

Happy weekend everyone!
Ruby

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