Friday, September 27, 2013

The Scotland Herald Final Edition

Scotland Trip overview
 
Here is a collage of our wonderful trip to Scotland. This will be the last post on the Scotland topic. We arrived home Thursday night exhausted because there is a five hour time difference so we had been up since 3:00 AM the previous morning. It was a wonderful experience and we met some neat people. Scotland has awesome rounded mountains with heather instead of trees. Everything is made of stone and many houses are hundreds of years old because the stone is so durable.
 
In the middle of this picture is Huntly Castle. Our ancestors were always in battle it seems. Quite the warriors. At the highland games, the man that led all the bands, and it was a spectacular sight, was from Huntly.In the picture on the left hand corner is the queen of England and Frederick, her husband. I also snapped a picture of Prince Charles.
 
The pictures with the birds were taken about three miles outside of Huntly at a falconry(we walked there and back). We handled falcons and an owl.
 
There are pictures of one of the cottages we stayed in and a picture of the castle hotel in Huntlly where the duke and duchess resided until a few years ago when they turned it into a hotel. We ate lunch there one day.
 
The picture of the mountain at the top is  Mt Marrone, the one we climbed. Below the mountain is my sister resting(and trying to stay warm in the Heather). It was very windy that day and it tended to blow us around.
 
The picture of the city on the bottom is Inverness. Wow! What a beautiful city! We stayed there for two days and the picture of the water and the black thing is Loch Ness. We hiked into the shore and I took this picture and sent it to the grandkids telling them it was the Lock Ness Monster!
 
We each got to have our picture taken with the bagpipers. They were so friendly and fun.
 
The photo in the upper right is an example of the houses in Huntly. Most of them have hundreds of beautiful flowers in their yards. They have a contest and prizes are given in August to the winner.
 
This was a trip of a lifetime--spending a month with my sister in a beautiful country. However, I have never seen anything as beautiful as the Adirondacks, especially now with the brilliant colors all around. I loved Scotland but God Bless America, land that I love!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Scotland Huntley Herald

Greetings from Braemar, Scotland,
And to the left here is me wee beautiful sister just a standin in the Heather.

A little Scottish talk for you. The mountains and hills here are covered with purple. They said it came out early this year so we missed much of it but as you can see, we can still enjoy the tail end of it. We walked what they call The Queen's trail yesterday and today we are going to the queen's castle where she actually lives sometimes. In fact, she stayed there during the games last weekend so she may be there.

I had to take this picture below because these are the trees Harry Potter stories are made of. I love them! They are really eerie! They are all crooked and twisted and so beautiful in there own crooked way(like many people I know including me). They would be perfect for Halloween and are just what fairy tales are made of. We met a group of people who hike every Monday. They call it the Health Walk. It was so cool meeting them. The leader brought coffee and tea in two containers and cups(real) and we sat down at one point and drank them and ate biscuits(cookies). What a great idea! Aw, heck, I just have to add their picture so here they are. Just scroll on down and you will see us. We know how to tell locals now. Locals all have walking sticks. People walk a lot here and most of them have dogs. They are nice sticks they buy in the store because unlike the Adirondacks where you can just pick out a good stick off the ground, they have very few trees that would yield the kind of wood needed to function as a walking stick.
     Headed to Huntly tomorrow. Fun, fun, fun, I get to drive again, this time to the airport in Aberdeen to return the car. We don't need it in Huntly so will return it. We actually only needed it to get from Fort William to Braemar because there was no transportation from the west to here. A little like the towns up in the Adirondacks. Well, must sign off for now. Do not know where I will find internet access in Huntly so it might be a long sign off. Cheerio.

 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Scotland Herald

Bed & Breakfast in Drumnadrochit
 Here is a place we stayed. The view was so gorgeous from our window. This is the place I tried Haggis and I won't tell you what it is made of but being the Scot that I am now, I had to try it. I have had Scotch steak pie everyday because I love it. Venita and I are walking everywhere. Who wants to be inside when there are hills of heather, blue/black waters of the Ness and wild wood paths to walk through. We rented a car with me the designated driver. Oh Lord, oh Lordy indeed! What a trip(no pun intended) from Inverness to Fort William, as I was getting used to sitting in the passenger's seat, driving on the opposite side of the
                                                                                                           road, and trying to get off circles called roundabouts. Wow, street lights are safer, but, oh those Scots, they just like being brave and plunging right in, no stopping, no red light, no car on the right has the right away. It's a free for all in the roundabouts, and so far I haven't caused too much commotion. Pray for us though, just in case.  Tomorrow we head for Braemar for the highland games. Can't wait! See you all at the next Wi-Fi place!                                                                                                      

Loch Ness