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From Ellon, Scotland United Kingdom
Age 38
Joined Sunday, July 17, 2005
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************ADDING BOOKCROSSERS TO MY FRIENDS LIST********************
I only add people to my friends list if I have met them in person, just my way of keeping track of who I have met and who I have yet to meet. The exception to this rule would be if we had both attended the same Conventions/Unconventions. (Leeds Unconvention 2013). I consider all Bookcrossers my friends, I just like to do things a bit differently with my friends list. I know it won't make sense to everyone but it does to me. :)

Aberdeen OBCZ: Belmont Cinema Cafe. The Belmont has closed down but there are various talks about someone buying/reopening it.

Holiday Gift Giving/Secret Santa/RABCK Ideas:

* Birthday Cards(21st November)/Christmas Cards/Calendars/Diaries/Note Books/Pens (especially colourful gel ink)
* Favourite Chocolate: Toffifee, Cadbury's Milk or Dark, Bournville, Reese's, Guylian, Maltesers (Milk, not Dark)
- I eat mostly plain chocolate but nuts and fruit are welcome too.
* Any type of sweets are welcome too
- I don't like lemon, cinnamon, liquorice flavorings
* Black Breakfast Teas are my favourite (Not Earl Grey)
- I don't drink coffee
* Wings/BC Supplies
* Music (see below)

Relaxing Instrumental/Nature Sounds/Singing (In any language) CDs I already own:
***I would be interested in listening to other CDs similar to these***
• Ambient Moods: Country Sunrise, The Mountain Stream
[Didn’t like the Dolphins or Whale sounds music]
• Solitudes: Natural Concentration, Sleep Inducement, Stress Relief
• Kichwas: Contemporary Native American Faith & Worship Instrumental Flute Music
• Kauzay: The Power of Love
• Amazonas: Auquitoni – Andean Folk Music
• 100 Pan Pipe Chillouts: Greatest Love Songs, Film Moods, Classical Themes, Sounds of Silence, Celtic Themes (Performed by Inishkea)
• Panpipes: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Pan Pipe Favourites: 16 Unforgettable Melodies
• Celtic Connections: A Collection of Peaceful Celtic Melodies
• Heart of the Highlands: The Great Celtic Anthems of Scotland
• The Rough Guide to Scottish Folk
• Seaside Moods: Where Nature Meets Classics
• A Feast for the Senses: Music to feed your cat by (Sheba Creation)
• Ultimate Tranquil Experience (Avon)
• Guitarra Espanola: Passion Latina 1 & 2
1) Chico Garcia Guitarra y Orquesta
2) Guitarra Y Requinto: Manny Olivera y Orquesta
• Ultimate Relaxation: An exclusive collection of soothing music
• Celtic Treasure: The Legacy of Turlough O'Carolan
• George Winston: Summer - Solo Piano
• Ilya: They Died for Beauty
• Gurrumul – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Need help finding books for "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" book? Please go to Books and People, then Search and type in 1001-library. !!! 85 down, 916 to go :) !!!

1001 Books I've already read, on my to be read pile or bookrings/rays I'm waiting for to arrive.
7). The Red Queen - Margaret Drabble (read)
26). Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer (read)
42). Atonement - Ian McEwan (read)
46). Fury - Salman Rushdie (read)
48). Choke - Chuck Palahniuk (read)
52). The Devil and Miss Prym - Paulo Coelho (read)
77). Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee (read)
81). Amsterdam - Ian McEwan (read)
89). The Hours - Michael Cunningham (read)
92). The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy (read)
93). Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (read)
109). Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood (read)
116). The Reader - Bernhard Schlink (read)
129). Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres (tbr)
133). The Shipping News - Annie Proulx (tbr)
134). Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh (tbr)
142). The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields (read)
153). The Crow Road - Iain Banks (read)
159). Black Water - Joyce Carol Oates (read)
163). Hideous Kinky - Esther Freud (read)
165). Wild Swans - Jung Chang (read)
172). Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord (tbr)
183). Possession - A.S. Byatt (read)
187). Sexing the Cherry - Jeanette Winterson (read)
190). The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (tbr)
196). A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving (read)
199). Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood (tbr)
205). Oscar and Lucinda - Peter Carey (read)
213). The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy (read)
219). The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster (read)
220). World's End - T. Coraghessan Boyle (read)
238). The Cider House Rules - John Irving (tbr)
242). The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (read)
243). Perfume - Patrick Suskind (read)
250). The Bus Conductor Hines - James Kelman (read)
256). The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera (tbr)
272). The Color Purple - Alice Walker (read)
283). The Comfort of Strangers - Ian McEwan (read)
288). Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (read)
295). Smiley's People - John Le Carre (read)
320). Interview With the Vampire - Anne Rice (read)
367). I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou (read)
375). Slaughterhouse-five - Kurt Vonnegut (read)
379). The Godfather - Mario Puzo (tbr)
390). Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick (read)
411). Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys (read)
450). The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark (read)
451). Catch-22 - Joseph Heller (tbr)
472). Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (read)
481). The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham (read)
494). The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien (read)
503). Bonjour Tristesse - Francoise Sagan (read)
508). Lord of the Flies - William Golding (tbr)
515). Junky - William Burroughs (tbr)
518). Casino Royale - Ian Fleming (read)
527). Foundation (Book 1 of 3) - Isaac Asimov (read)(Don't have books 2 & 3)
529). A Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (tbr)
535). The Third Man - Graham Greene (read)
537). Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake (tbr)
547). Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell (tbr)
559). The Plague - Albert Camus (read)
564). Animal Farm - George Orwell (tbr)
587). For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway (read)
594). At Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien (read)
603). Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier (read)
608). Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (read)
610). The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (read)
619). Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (tbr)
622). Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner (tbr)
632). The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers (read)
660). The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett (read)
667). All Quiet On The Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque (read)
686). To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf (tbr)
695). The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie (read)
699). The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (read)
707). We - Yevgeny Zamyatin (tbr)
726). The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton (tbr)
728). Women in Love - D.H. Lawrence (read)
731). The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West (tbr)
743). The Thirty-nine Steps - John Buchan (read)
752). Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton (read)
769). The Forsyte Saga - John Galsworthy (read)
780). Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (read)
781). The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (read)
790). The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells (tbr)
791). The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells (tbr)
794). Dracula - Bram Stoker (tbr)
796). The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells (tbr)
797). The Time Machine - H.G. Wells (tbr)
804). The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (read)
809). The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (tbr)
820). The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson (read)
821). The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy (read)
825). The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (read)
831). Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson (read)
833). The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James (read)
844). The Hand of Ethelberta - Thomas Hardy (tbr)
846). Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (read)
863). Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (read)
883). A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (read)
887). North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell (read)
891). Villette - Charlotte Bronte (read)
892). Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell (read)
900). Mary Barton - Elizabeth Gaskell (tbr)
901). The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte (tbr)
904). Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (tbr)
905). Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray (read)
913). A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (read)
918). Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (tbr)
925). Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper (read)
930). Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott (read)
931). Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (read)
932). Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen (read)
933). Persuasion - Jane Austen (tbr)
936). Emma - Jane Austen (tbr)
938). Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (read)
940). Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (tbr)
942). Castle Rackrent - Maria Edgeworth (read)
970). Candide - Voltaire (read)
974). Fanny Hill - John Cleland (read)
983). Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift (tbr)
985). Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe (read)
1000). Metamorphoses - Ovid (tbr)


I'm Currently Participating In:

* What Would Jane Austen Do? By Laurie Brown (Lunacia) = Waiting for my turn.


My Home:

Ellon probably derives its name from the Gaelic 'Eilean' meaning island and the town's historical significance is based on its situation at the ford on the River Ythan(pronounced eye-than). The town is located at a point where the river is low enough to be forded and so for many years it was the main crossing point for traffic going to and from the Buchan area. The New Inn Hotel, located opposite the river, was previously a changeover point for horses pulling coaches between Aberdeen and Peterhead. The town was the main settlement of the Pictish province of Buchan before 400BC and in the Middle Ages the Celtic Mormaers and then the Norman (Comyn) Earls of Buchan held court and dispensed justice at the Moot Hill. This site is now marked by a monument beside the Market Street car park. Ellon was one of the places burned in the harrying of Buchan in 1308, following Robert the Bruce's defeat of the Comynes near Oldmeldrum.

The ruins of Ellon Castle can be seen from various parts of the town. The castle was formerly known as the ancient fort of Ardgith and a number of castles have been built on this site. Sadly, the castle is not currently open to the public, although the impressive Deer Dykes (12 foot high walls) around the castle grounds can be seen from Castle Road. ****New Update on Ellon Castle Below****(Edited 2017)

****Ellon Castle Gardens, set right in the heart of Ellon. The gardens which are at least 300 years old and were, until recently, in private ownership, were handed over to the people of Ellon in 2014 and Ellon Castle Gardens Board was established to revitalise and conserve these gardens as a lasting resource for the people of Ellon. The Board which is elected annually from the membership is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a registered charity.

As part of the agreement, 11 flats were transferred to the Board by the developers and the income from these will enable the Board to carry out conservation work and fund the gardeners in the future.

A membership scheme has also been launched so that everyone who wants to, can get involved. Visit our Get Involved pages for more details about how you can get involved as a member and / or a volunteer.****

The area around Ellon has been turned into a rich agricultural area through hard work and innovation as told in the words of many traditional 'bothy' ballads. The River Ythan also bought commercial importance to Ellon through the use of shallow drafted boats from Newburgh, operating a shipping service into the Meadows in Ellon until about the 1950s.

Since the 1970's Ellon has grown rapidly. The advent of North Sea Oil and the associated demands for new development to house incoming workers saw the town grow rapidly and its role change from a traditional market centre for the surrounding rural area to a commuter town for Aberdeen. Today, the majority of the town's residents are employed outwith the town and look to Aberdeen for many shopping and leisure services and activities. The thrust of the Strategy for the town is to ensure a more sustainable future for the town with a better balance of work, life and leisure, building on the many attributes, qualities and opportunities the town presents.

Ellon now provides an ideal base for visitors wishing to visit National Trust and Historic Scotland properties in the area, as well as being close to magnificent beaches and coastal villages. The town is also a good centre for bird watchers with several estuary sites, inland lochs, and cliff nesting sites nearby.

Places of Interest:

The Old Bridge: Known as the 'Auld Brig' this category A listed building built in 1793 stands to the east of the new road bridge and is open to pedestrian traffic.

Moot Hill Monument: The site of the court of the Celtic Mormaers and the Norman Earls of Buchan is located next to the Riverside car park and today is marked with a small monument and seating area.

Ellon Riverside Park: The riverside area is easily accessible to the public and includes a footpath which runs alongside the river for the length of the town. A wealth of wildlife is found in this area, including herons, salmon, trout and even the elusive otter. The river was previously a rich source of pearll mussels and one pearl found in the river was of such high quality that it was presented to King James VI and now forms one of the brightest jewels in the Scottish Crown.

Places I've Released Books In (In person):

Crathes, Aberdeenshire
Elgin, Moray
Ellon, Aberdeenshire------------------USA
Kintore, Aberdeenshire---------------Ventura, California
Methlick, Aberdeenshire
Midmar, Aberdeenshire
Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire
New Deer, Aberdeenshire----------------ENGLAND
Peterhead, Aberdeenshire----------------Basingstoke, Hampshire
Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire---------------Leeds, West Yorkshire
Turriff, Aberdeenshire

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