Archive for June 2011

Happy Birthday to us!   15 comments

It was with a true sense of amazement that I realised this morning that we have just reached something of a landmark. The Eilean Donan Blog is now exactly one year old today, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!

I use the words “we” and “us” in the above paragraph quite deliberately, as without the continued interest, support and feedback of you all out there in cyberspace, there would be little point in me sharing my inane ramblings of Eilean Donan with the wider community.

Looking back to when we first started, I’m not 100% certain what my initial expectations for the blog truly were, but in reviewing the WordPress statistics page this morning, I find that in the last year I’ve apparently submitted 53 entries, (across a variety of different topics); and posted quite a significant amount of assorted photos. These have been viewed an incredible 31,000 times, whilst hundreds of you have also added some great comments, contributions and observations to the content and the audience still continues to steadily grow.

It has also been fascinating to see what type of blog post appeals to you all. Over the last year the 5 most popular and most read posts have been:-

  1. Reconstruction Photographs discovery
  2. Clachan Duich & The Clan MacRae
  3. Great Castles of Scotland
  4. Modern technology, what do you think?
  5. The Best Laid Plans

So to each and every one of you, I offer my heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation for all your encouragement, support and involvement! I can honestly say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to the fascinating world of blogging, even though there have been one or two moments when the dreaded writers block has presented itself! I’ve “met” (electronically) and chatted with some fascinating individuals from all over the globe and from all walks of life, and even had the pleasure of personally welcoming many of you to the castle itself.

The one thing I do recall from the blog’s 2010 conception was thinking that I would have to commit to writing it for at least one full year, and it’s more than a little surprising just how quickly that 12 months has flown by.

So I now find myself having to make the decision as to whether or not to continue with the “blogging experiment” and have decided that given we exist in a democracy, to leave the decision entirely up to you. Would you like to continue with more of the same, something different, or has the whole thing run its course and is it time to just bow out gracefully?

Anyway let me know your thoughts if you have a minute, have a great day wherever you are in the world and once again, Thank You………

Happy Birthday!

David

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Posted June 23, 2011 by eileandonan in Uncategorized

Well Clearance Part 2   6 comments

So yesterday we started the first step in the process of opening up the Great Well area. Skye Rope Access Ltd came along to start clearing the ancient ivy from the well walls in order that we can assess the level of re-pointing work that’s going to be required to safeguard and conserve this beautiful little gem.

We already knew that we were likely to be opening up a bit of a can of worms with this one, but when you’re faced with a difficult challenge, sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and get on with things. Potentially, the area will be a real asset to new visitors and repeat visitors alike, but it’s going to take a number of months of conserted effort to get the area ready for public access. As you can see from some of these pictures, it’s not a job for the faint hearted, but the boys from SRA seemed to take it all in their stride.

The next step will be to spray the interior well walls a number of times with weedkiller to stop any possibility of regrowth. Following this we’ll have to invite the company back to repoint the walls with lime mortar (not an easy task), as decades of ivy growth has done some major damage in one or two key areas. Some of the ivy roots themselves were about 8 inches thick! We even discovered a number of nests in various nooks and crannys, including one with three Swallow chicks in residence!

One of the unexpected benefits of the exercise has been the increased amount of light that appears to have been gained inside the well, and it’s really been brought back to life. Some people might think that all that ivy was quite attractive, but the damage it can do is really unbelievable. Anyway, enjoy the photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted June 1, 2011 by eileandonan in Uncategorized

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