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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:32 pm    Post subject: In Memory of our Friend ... Reply with quote

Hello All,


Just putting together a few words of something done on behalf of our friend, Roy Vernon Stroud.



Roy and I shared a love of the Mountain, and we shared a story or two, but one in particular stood out about a trip he and his son Matthew undertook.

Had one of those wee thoughts that come in, and just won't go away, and I decided I would mark Roys passing with a Memorial Stone overlooking that particular spot.

So I contacted David: http://www.facebook.com/monikierockart to see if he would be willing to take the task on.
If you look at the page you'll see a picture of the finished work.

Here are a couple more of Davids photographs:








So, on Monday morning, I drove up to the general area to have a look for "the spot".
It's a very strange feeling driving through, and past, some very iconic areas and features of the Scottish landscape, and not being able to see them.



Arrived just as the light was breaking through the heavy cloud and started to walk until I just knew I was at the right place.







I made a small detour in the car on the way back "down the road" to a place I knew so very well from my childhood,
and just as I made a brew, a shaft of sunlight split the rain laden cloud lighting up the vista in front of me.

How so beautifully appropriate ...

No wonder photographers call this phenomeon "Godlight", and as quick as it appeared, it was gone, and the predicted showers began.
The Big Man had played his part, and I took the hint.


I collated all the info regarding design, photographs, plans etc etc on my return Monday evening, and met up with Matthew this afternoon to tell the story, and give it all to him.


This wee summary brings it all full circle.



Thanks for reading.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony, there's not a lot to say really other than you've provided the perfect tribute to Roy - he loved the mountains and the wild places as much as he loved the rivers.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent Tony Cool .A fine tribute and work of art.Roy would love that Smile .Thanks for sharing.Steve Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony,
Well done, it is a really good account of what must have been an emotional trip for you.
It is nice to see Roy will be remembered both up in the montains and by the water's edge.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really lovely Tony,
thanks a lot for sharing this with us.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't really add any more to what others have said.

Wonderful gesture Tony, so typical of your generosity.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony,
Thank you for sharing the story and pictures behind your beautiful tribute to our friend. A very appropriate memorial.
Another tear has been shed.

Tother Tony
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reckon the old fox would have liked that a lot....

Many thanks to you for sharing it with us Tony, that's a really lovely tribute to him. Wink


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Tony. Fantastic tribute there! As others have said, Roy would be proud!
I hope the stone will remain where it lies for future generations to admire.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a thoughtful tribute to Roy. Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for the replies and PMs.
It was my pleasure to do it on your behalf.



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a lovely thing to have done. I remember and used to enjoy reading Roy's posts. I'm sure he would have liked such a fitting tribute.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

Just a wee update on this.
As I mentioned on Barry's Social thread, I got an out-of-the-blue email from Roys son Matthew as I pulled into the Menteith carpark.
At Mattews request, here is a some of the email sent after he made the trip to see the Stone.
My apologies for the edits, but cleared with Matthew.


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Got back from __ on Tuesday, and been busy at work as we get the new Edinburgh store underway.

I had a wonderful time up there. A mix of weathers with some snow patches on the tops. I set up camp on Sunday afternoon in my usual spot that Dad and I had shared on many a trip, midgy summers and steel cold winters alike.

After a reflective cup of tea, I set off toward __ , and up to the pass in light rain. I started out in the general direction I thought you might have taken, remembering the pictures and looking for the right view angle. I had to return to the car, having seen the wonderful views out over mountain and sea. But not found the stone.

I powered up the laptop and looked harder at your photos. Having seen the route a bit clearer, I was up at the view you'd given, checking the angles against the pictures I'd freshly seen. ( I didn't take the laptop up the hill!)

I turned, scanned the ground again, then saw the stone, nestled among the heather. I laughed and cried at the same time then spent half an hour sat beside it, talking and silent as the view soaked in. It was a very special moment, thank you.

As you will see from the photos, the heather is in bloom around it, and it looks a part of the natural landscape in which it sits. I told my Mother and Dad's Mother I'd found it, and both were pleased and looking forward to seeing the pictures soon.

After a while, I gave him a pat and a kiss, and went down, happy and proud, grateful and reflective.

A great spot, a grand gesture, a tribute more than a memorial. I love the way that, by chance, the rain had dried over some of the words, so that most prominent are 'Roy...our friend'. Fitting.

Kindest regards, and please, if you will, post the pics and some of this, if you see fit, on the fora.

Matthew
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Here is one of Matthews pics showing the heather in bloom:


And the very out of focus, 2 minutes too late, Sun through the cloud pic on the way home mentioned in the 1st post:



Thanks for reading,
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great update, thanks for sharing Tony
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony
My thanks go to you, and also to Matthew for sharing his trip with more of Roys friends, myself included.

Yet another tear ........ T'other Tony Crying or Very sad
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