Thank you for your kind words about my blog, it has been going a long time, almost 5 years now.
An allotment is a piece of ground used to grow fruit and vegetables. in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century a lot of houses were built, what we call back to back, with little or no garden. The local authorities provided a piece of land split up into plots to allow people to grow fresh fruit and vegetables. Many of them are still in existence, although some have been sold for building land. When we lived down in the Midlands we were fortunate enough to rent one of these plots, and had it for a number of years till we moved north again.
Glen Coe is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland, and is a part of the designated National Scenic Area of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. The narrow glen shows a grim grandeur. The glen, approaching from the east on the main A82 road, is surrounded by wild and precipitous mountains. Further west at Invercoe, the landscape has a softer beauty before the main entrance to the glen. The main settlement is the nearby village of Glencoe located in Carnoch.
The name Glen Coe is often said to mean "Glen of Weeping", perhaps with some reference to the infamous Massacre of Glencoe which took place there in 1692. However, "Gleann Comhann" does not translate as "Glen of Weeping". In fact the Glen is named after the River Coe which runs through it, and bore this name long before the 1692 incident.
I have been through the glen several times and to me it is a very dark forbidding place even when bathed in bright sunlight, there is an atmosphere there with is very difficult to explain.
If I use words which you do not understand please let me know. I do use words at times which are purely Scottish dialect, and I know people do find it difficult to understand what they mean.
I have never been to South Dakota, have often flown over it on the way to various destinations in the US, I always hope for a fine day and blue sky so I can look out of the plane at the world below. North and South Dakota strike me as being sparsely populated. There seems to be a big distance between ?steadings.