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Clunes House
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Clunes House

Clunes House in 1965 - not a lot has changed in 40 years.
Picture added on 12 February 2004
Aahh ! But thats the nice thing about Cromarty !! ..lets hope it doesn't change too much in another forty years !!!!
Added by John Macdonald on 13 February 2004
John, you'd better get back quickly, apart from the buildings - change is all around.
The Cromarty parlance has disappeared, the 'characters' have gone, the teutonic lingo gone, to be replaced with accents in the vennels, that you could cut cloots wi', as Tennyson said in his poem 'Morte d'Arthur'.......' the old order changeth, yielding place to new', and as they say in 'Coronation Street', there's nowt we can do about it!

Added by Clem Watson on 14 February 2004
Actually John, the stone wall was rebuilt in 2002 because trees had been growing up beside it and breaking it down. However, they made a very nice job of it!
Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 16 February 2004
Yes maybe your right Clem ...especially about the Cromarty 'Characters' but at least I see by this picture ..those stone walls have survived time ...!!!
Added by John Macdonald on 16 February 2004
I keep coming back to pics like this ..because I remember clearly as a lad walking along this road from our house in Church Street to watch people playing a game of tennis ...and the men playing bowls on the Bowling Green in the long summer nights ! I always got bitten alive with the Midgies !!
Added by John Macdonald on 27 December 2005
I leased the Daffodil Field from Major Phipps in the late 1990s and began, with tuition from Tim Meek and [occasionally] Mr Shepherd, brother of Alastair of Alastair's Cottage, to repair the wall.I have never worked so hard;dry stone walling is heavy work, but everyone stopped for a chat[or to point out my shortcomings as a builder !] !The idea was to put a rescued pony or two in there, to replace our beloved Biscuit.The wire fence on the sea side was in disrepair and Ricky Burnside kindly offered to replace it for me.However a concerted effort by a few children put a stop to my plans as they persisted in demolishing the bits I mended.{I actually caught them "lime putty-handed" !!!}Reasoning that to risk leaving ponies in a field where even the walls could not be left in peace was a bit rash, I gave up the lease.I'm sure everyone will tell me you don't use lime putty for dry-stone walls so I will pre-empt any arguements that might break out by saying we used it to bed in the topping stones and I was so proud of the bits I did and so upset when they were torn down !!!!!
Added by Ann Hill on 07 May 2007
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