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Exhibition at Caithness Horizons

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These are a few of the paintings that I am exhibiting at Caithness Horizons, Thurso, throughout May.


 "Maiden Pap" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm


 "A Lonely Fishing Hut" - watercolour - 18 x 26 cm


"Beat No.7 on the Thurso" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm


Secrets of Loch More

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"Lochmore Cottage" - watercolour - 18 x 26 cm

Next to the dam at Loch More is a cottage which I presume was built to house the water bailiff responsible for controlling the flow of water into the river. Nobody lives in the cottage now but it is still used by fishermen. While looking into the history of Lochmore Cottage I have discovered that it is thought by some people to have a connection with a couple of mysteries of World War II.
In 1942 Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy, flew alone in an unarmed plane from Germany to Scotland. He was apparently hoping to land at Dungavel House, the home of the Duke of Hamilton who had supported appeasement with the Nazis before the war. Hess was unable to find somewhere to land and had to parachute out, after which he was captured. The reason for the flight has never been completely explained, but there are theories that he was intending to negotiate peace terms with the government, or even that he was intending to meet Nazi sympathisers …

Loch More

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Loch More is a body of water in the Flow Country of Caithness. It drains the rainfall from a large area of surrounding moorland and bogs. The exposed and windy location means that waves are often formed which have washed up sand around the edges. In former times, when foreign holidays were more expensive, families often used to come out to the loch in the summer and spend the day enjoying the beaches and the water.

The loch runs out into the River Thurso which is a popular salmon fishing river. The flow of water is controlled by a weir, with a fish ladder so that the salmon can reach the loch, and next to it is the fishing lodge of Lochmore Cottage.

Location - https://goo.gl/maps/cDqCdTM97ek