I like the contrast of the permanence of the stone and the fleeting symbolism of the blossom. I couldn't help but think of the scripture: Psalm 103v15 to 17
Our days on earth are like grass;
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone—
as though we had never been here.
But the word of the LORD remains forever
with those who fear him.
Beauty soon decays - what a somber mood I'm in!
Most of the blossom was still on the trees, I'm guessing the piles got a lot bigger once the blossom really started to fall.
There's more than one place called Abernethy in Scotland - this one's in Perthshire.
Abernethy is famous for its' round tower, it is a bit of a mystery but is believed to date from just before 1100 AD. I don't think there's a consensus as to its' purpose nor who built it. A very similar round tower stands in Brechin and these are the only 2 in Scotland, but they are more common in Ireland from 900 AD onwards.
Although sharing its' name with the Abernethy Biscuit, the Abernethy Biscuit does not take its' name from a Scottish town. The biscuit is named after John Abernethy an English doctor, although I believe that the only bakers making them commercially now are all based in Scotland. They are quite sweet, so I guess they suit the Scottish taste.
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