The JK weekend - Scotland 2012

The JK weekend came to Perthshire (Friday 6th – Monday 9th April 2012) where the Scottish Orienteering hosted the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering. The JK is one of the largest events in Orienteering in Britain and regularly attracts more than 4,000 competitors. Jan Kjellström (born 1940[1], died 1967) was an orienteer from Sweden who played an important role in the development of the sport of orienteering i

n Great Britain.

From feedback from the guest we had staying here, the event was triumphant, I can only apologise to them that the weather didn’t really play it’s part in the success of the weekend. I hope it didn’t put them or indeed any other competitor off from returning.

Photograph by Wendy Carlyle.

But the the JK isn’t the only large orienteering event to be held on the east coast. The World TrailO Championships in Dundee & Tentsmuir (6 – 9 June) will also offer a full 4 Day programme of public events with prizes generously donated by CompassSport. Enter online via oentries.com

The 4 days will comprise a TempO event in Camperdown Park (TempO is the sprint equivalent of TrailO, where all the controls are timed), and a model and two TrailO events at Tentsmuir. On the final day the course will be the same as the World Championship course – so a rare opportunity to compare your skills with those of the world’s best. Following on from the Jubilee5 weekend, and with a couple of extra FootO events thrown in as well, there will be a total of 11 varied events in a 9 day period.

Black Watch Home Coming Parade

Soldiers from the Black Watch 3rd Battalion made a spectacular visit to Perth today with a homecoming parade. Friends, Families and members of the public turned out in force to cheer on our brave soldiers, even the rain stopped and the sun shone for an hour so as not to dampen the spirits of the parade.

 

A huge crowd turned out in force to welcome them back and to watch the parade set off from Rose Terrace and marched in a loop down Kinnoull Street, along South Street and then onto Tay street where they performed a salute to local dignatories.

 

The regiment marched through the town to the tunes of the pipes and drums of the regiment. Amongst the soldiers in the parade was injured Private Stephen Bainbridge a Kirkcaldy soldier, who lost both of his legs below the knee after standing on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Helmand Province on Armistice Day last year.

The accident happened just seven weeks into Pte Bainbridge’s first tour of Afghanistan, having joined the army in October 2010.

 

It was great to see such a large turn out from the public for the Black Watch, lots of youngsters, children, older people, and people who have themselves served. It was chance for the whole community to come together.

 

And let’s not forget, bringing up the rear in the parade was Cruachan, the Shetland Pony, who is the mascot for The Black Watch 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland.

 

Another Beautiful Day in Perthshire

It was a beautiful day in Perthshire again yesterday so we decided to go on a drive up the A9 originally planning to stop and walk at the Hermitage. But just our luck it was closed on that day only to allow the removal of cut trees. Still not to be disappointed we headed further up the road to The Queen’s View and were very impressed with the new wheel chair ramp they were laying from the car park to the very top. The view from the top is absolutely stunning no wonder Queen Victoria stopped at the top.

Spring Equinox

Today marks the calendar at the Vernal Equinox the point when night and day both (approximately) equal 12 hours. Then from now on our days will be longer than nighttime and the time of year when new life begins to “spring” into action.

Though we have had such a mild winter Spring seems to have started already. All the daffodils in my garden are completely out and some have even wilted. But imagine my surprise yesterday when I saw Mr & Mrs Mallard and their 11 ducklings yesterday swimming on the canal, it looks like they though spring started a month ago!

Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer Perth Festival

Perth Racecourse kicks off it’s exciting new racing 2012 calendar with the Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer Perth Festival. 3 days of exhilarating racing for the Perth Festival. The 3 day event begins on Wednesday April 25th 2012.

Perth Racecourse has 14 race day fixtures of exhilarating horse racing with outstanding sporting hospitality coupled with our unique atmosphere. Ideal for staff incentives or entertaining clients and customers.

Perth Wins City Status!!!

Yesterday Perth CITY received the news it had long been wishing for. Finally after losing the title of “city” in the a local council shake up in the 70s Perth regained it’s official city name.

PERTH became Scotland’s seventh city as it was awarded the status to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It joins Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Stirling as cities. St Asaph in Wales and Chelmsford in England were also awarded city status today while Armagh in Northern Ireland was granted a lord mayoralty. Perth was selected following a competition to bid for the civic honour which 26 towns across the UK entered. Civic leaders and politicians welcomed the announcement, which they believe will boost Perth’s profile. Dr John Hulbert, provost of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “I am delighted that official city status has been restored to Perth.

What a fabulous day I  (Lesley) spent in Bridge of Cally learning about the fascinating world of geocaching . The day was hosted by Paul McLennan from Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and he guided the group through the intriguing new outdoor activity. Firstly in the classroom followed by time out of doors geocaching.

Geocaching is a fast growing sport with with millions of geocachers in the world. Perthshire is attracting more and more visitors to the area through it’s quality caches. It appeals across all ages and abilities to people who enjoy being outdoors. The magnificent vistas, wooded landscapes and well made trails throughout Perthshire are seen by geocachers as a fantastic bonus. This hugely popular high tech treasure hunt takes people to places they may not normally venture, allowing participants to see and find hidden gems on their adventure to seek out hidden treasure.

Using a handheld GPS device, iPhone or Android smartphone, the aim of the game is to locate caches (plastic boxes with a logbook and a range of swap items) using co-ordinates from www.geocaching.com . Then go online and share your adventures, upload photos or chat to other geocachers.

 

A Great Day Meeting Scotland’s Newest Arrivals

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We had a great day with our guests visiting Yang Guang and Tian Tian at Edinburgh zoo. Yang Guang (Sunshine) was lounging around in his bed and Tian Tian (Sweetie) was up playing around in her enclosure. A fabbie day out!!!

Perth City Bid

 

Please support the Perth City status bid be visiting the Perth & Kinross Council website and pledging your support.

To mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, a special competition is being held where city status will be granted to one town in the UK. Momentum has been building for Perth’s bid to have its city status restored and there is strong support for the campaign.

Perth is a city in everything but name – a thriving and dynamic place to live and work in, with a fascinating history, welcoming community and a vibrant environment. The bid, which was submitted in May 2011, sets out how Perth is ready to reclaim its rightful place as a city.

The bid already has wide support from many residents, businesses, the local media, celebrities and politicians, however there will be strong competition from places elsewhere in the UK, and so we need you to join us in the campaign to restore city status to Perth!

 

Friends of the Black Watch

Almond Villa is proud to support The Black Watch Museum and has joined the “Friends of the Black Watch”. The Friends support the work of the museum and its staff to preserve the 285 year legacy of The Black Watch Regiment and its Regimental home at Balhousie Castle. — at Balhousie Castle, Perth