Ballindalloch Castle: Scotland’s “Pearl of the North”

It’s cold. It’s gloomy. It’s the time of year when cabin fever starts to become a very real thing; although, I just realized the official start to spring is only 31 days away! Woop! Anyway, to cheer myself up on this gray Monday (well, this, and maybe watching a few episodes of “The Great British Baking Show”), I am going to take you guys to Scotland’s “Pearl of the North”; the BEAUTIFUL, the GORGEOUS, the OH-SO-STUNNING Ballindalloch Castle.

A tree lined gravel path leading to Ballindalloch Castle in the Scottish Highlands

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Happy Valentine’s Day-A Poem by Robert Burns

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers! Whether you are celebrating the day with that special someone, sharing the love with a cherished friend or family member, or by doing something nice for yourself, I hope it’s a very happy one!

Here’s a little ooh la la for you on this day of love.

From “Oh Were My Love Yon Lilac Fair” by Robert Burns

O gin my love were yon red rose,
That grows upon the castle wa’;
And I myself a drap o’ dew,
Into her bonie breast to fa’!
O there, beyond expression blest,
I’d feast on beauty a’ the night;
Seal’d on her silk-saft faulds to rest,
Till fley’d awa by Phoebus’ light!

roses climbing up a wall

XO and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Centre of Scotland

Aside from soaking up buckets of gorgeous scenery, one of the best parts of motoring around Scotland are the surprises. It was an afternoon in May and Mr. C and I were out for a leisurely drive through the Highlands. We were about four miles east of Laggan, having randomly diverged off of General Wade’s Military Road onto an itty bitty single-track road with a sign that pointed towards Glentruim (near the village of Newtonmore).

We were casually cruising along, lost in thought, when we suddenly spotted a massive boulder with a yellow plaque. Curious, we pulled over to take a look.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Red

Hello, friends. I hope everyone has had a nice weekend so far. They go so fast, don’t they?

This week’s photo challenge has us seeing red. Patti has tasked us with sharing photos that feature this “emotional, fiery, and sensual” color. To make the challenge a little more difficult for myself, I chose (with the exception of one) to find photos where red is not the dominant hue in the scene, but rather a splash of bright color to which the eye is drawn. Here’s what I came up with.

Britain’s iconic red telephone boxes provide a pop of color and cheer on an otherwise drab day.

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

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Happy Burns Night 2020!

If you live in Scotland, are of proud Scottish ancestry, or just love the Scottish people and culture, chances are that tonight you will be celebrating Burns Night. Every year, on January 25, people from Scotland to the Americas to Australia and beyond, come together to commemorate the life and works of Scotland’s beloved poet, Robert Burns. It is an evening of merriment, good food, and good drink.

Sadly, Mr. C and I have to postpone our celebration this year. Poor ol’ Mr. C is ill and I’m pretty sure haggis is the last food on his mind. So, in lieu of our traditional festivities, I am instead spending part of my day enjoying The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, a wonderful publication by Waverly Books. With a glass of the good stuff, of course. Not altogether a bad way to spend an afternoon.

If you are celebrating tonight, have fun, be safe, and eat a bite of haggis for me.

Slàinte mhath!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Leading Lines

Hello there, friends. Is everyone having a good day?

It’s photo challenge time again and this week it comes from Tina at Travels and Trifles. Tina has challenged us to post photos with ‘leading lines’. A compositional element of photography, “leading lines carry our eye through a photograph. They help to tell a story, to place emphasis, and to draw a connection between objects. They create a visual journey from one part of an image to another and can be helpful for creating depth as well.” – Tina

I really had a good time with this one. I don’t know if I got it right in every photo, but it definitely challenged me and allowed me to look at my photos in a different light. Hope you enjoy my offerings for this week.

Possibly my favorite photo that I took on our last trip, this shot was snapped on the grounds at Rait Castle, located near Inverness, Scotland.

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