Scone Palace

Scone Palace near Perth recently held the International Medieval Combat Federation world championships (IMCF), that’s a bit of a mouthful! So, we went along for the day, it was largely a nice day weather wise and there was plenty of action going on with the various competitions.

The battles take place in a traditional arena which is called a ‘List’ and range from one on one fights up to fights between 2 teams of 16.

Combatants
Combatants at play

This is what you might call a bit of a rammy going on in the centre of the field, literally last man standing team wins!

More images from Scone Palace.

 

Back where I belong…

So I got a Christmas present of a DNA kit to investigate my heritage, it seems after reading the report that I am from mostly Scandinavian stock, some Irish, Scottish and Welsh and even English.

 

 Scandinavian 45.3%
Irish, Scottish, and Welsh
 28.0%
 English 19.2%
 Greek 5.6%
Nigerian 1.0%
North African 0.9%

Map of DNA sources
DNA Profile

The upshot is I am predominantly Norseman lineage, I’m not the best sailor in the world so god knows how I ended up here!

Up a hill we go.

Well the weather is certainly doing it’s thing at the moment, today a good lot of snow falling and more to come, just the kind of weather where I wish I had a nice 4×4 Landrover (other 4×4 models are available!) rather than a small mini cooper; not the kind of transport to be driving out and about in this kind of weather.

So I decided to use version 1.0 mode of transport, my legs, and took a walk up Kinoull hill which is not far from home, its usually around a 45 min walk but in this weather took a little over an hour. Exhausted, I eventually arrived at the top where the views are normally amazing, with the weather as it was it was impressive.

Selfie
Obligatory selfie