Welcome to JohnMichaels Pub's Blog

Welcome. I moved to Nashville in 2001, and have be blessed to make some wonderful friends. After moving from a house in Florida, to an apartment in Nashville, I missed being able to entertain groups of friends simply due to lack of space. When I finally decided to make Nashville my home and buy a house here, I wanted a space that friends to gather and socialize in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The basement in my new house, which opens into the back yard made the perfect space, so JohnMichael's Pub was born. I have made a couple of trips to Ireland since moving to Nashville and loved the atmosphere of the pubs there. So I made my pub to resemble an Irish style pub to give the atmosphere of a local community pubs in Ireland, but of course it is not a true "Pub" (Public house) since it private place for my friends to gather. I plan to use this blog to post thoughts, ideas, recipes and a variety of other things related to my pub and the parties held there. If you see anything here that interests you, feel free to email me. I have a great group of friends that is very diverse, but I am always open to making new friends.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Scotland 2009 - Monday, March 16

On Monday morning, we set out to find acient Scotland (in the rain none the less). These carvings at Achnebrech were made about 6000 years ago by the inhabitants of this area at the time, and are revered to as cup and ring. If you look closely at the image, you can see the circles.

Our next stop was at a stone circle (standing stones). These were at Ballymeanoch in the Kilmartin Glen area of Scotland, but are not all that unlike the most famous stone circle "stone henge." These are estimated to have been constucted between 5000 and 3500 years ago. The mist in the air in the first photo (left) is fog, the spots on the right photo are moisture on the lense. It was raining and very diffucult to keep dry.

The next photo (left) is of a burial carin near by and from the same time period. Further along the road, we encountered a few more standing stones, also from the same period. Then we ran across Carnesserie castle (Below), built in the late 16 th century. It was home to Bishop John Carsewell, who translated the John Knox liturgy into Gaelic in 1567.

From there we drove to the seaside town of Oban for dinner. It is one of the Ferry ports to get out to the islands such as Iona and Mull.

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