Those of you who have been reading “KittyHere or There, Anywhere” over the years may remember that There stands for the U.K., mostly England and Scotland. Since the inception of Facebook I have been fiercely anti-Facebook. After all, if you want to share online you can use a blog! But I yielded. I really wanted to take advantage of some quality coaching for the low FODMAP diet (see my other blog about FODMAPs) that used private Facebook groups. Now that I have joined Facebook I have set up a page called I love Britain – Present, Past, Future. Would be happy if anyone cares to follow me there. (Yep, I’m unwilling to pay Facebook a cent to promote it.) And Britain being Britain, I have decided the photo of an adorable little dog would be a more fitting profile picture than a cat, even though I do have photos of cats taken here, there, and anywhere around England.
I am working my way through the scrap-book pages from my September 2009 trip to Scotland. Today I am sharing a couple of photos of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a photo of the 12th century abbey ruins, plus a shot of “the huge crag, which rises to a height of 822 feet above sea-level” which is part of Holyrood Park and called “Arthur’s Seat“.
Today I am once again sharing scrap-book pages from my September 2009 trip to Scotland. These pages reflect a day at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and nearby area. I remember it was real Scottish weather, rainy and cool. One of the unplanned highlights was listening to a piper outside a church and watching the people, dressed up in their finest — many a man in a kilt, walking in for a country wedding.
Over the years the way I have saved (or not saved) travel photos and mementos has changed. Today I pulled a scrapbook / album of our 2009 fall trip to Scotland and England off the shelf. At that time I noticed that I had used software to make photo collages that I then printed on regular paper. The quality and color maybe a little off but I still like the images. Here is a page from a Sunday spent in Edinburgh that includes exterior shots of St. Giles’ Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh:
These photos are from a 1999 visit to Scone Palace, near Perth, Scotland. This was the crowning place of the Kings of Scots and now the home of the Earls of Mansfield. The last man to be crowned at Scone was Charles II when in 1651 when he accepted the Scottish crown. Peacocks strut around the grounds.
Ancient breed sheepThe fountain in the center of the Murray Star Maze.
A few years ago we spend about 10 days based in Glasgow, Scotland. One of our excursions was out to Helensburgh and Hill House. Hill House was donated to the National Trust for Scotland in 1982 and is a fine example of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The house itself is not why I choose to feature it today. We are having a rainy, gray, non-snowy January here in Vermont so I wanted to look at some colorful and lush garden photos. So now I’m going to let these photos from the Hill House grounds speak for themselves.
We toured the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh, Scotland during 2009.
The yacht has been in the news lately because as it was being moved to a dry dock for painting it starting taking on water. The problem was solved and Britannia should be fine for another 20 years.