Hello Friends. I hope this day finds you well. It’s Friday! Or as some say, FriYay.
Mr. C and I just spent a really fun week vacationing in Lexington, Kentucky in celebration of our 24th wedding anniversary. Bourbon (whiskey with an ‘e’) is what drew us to explore the area as well as the fact that neither of us had ever before visited the state. Lexington – if you are not aware – is known as the horse capital of the world and Kentucky is where bourbon began.
Over the week, we took in-depth tours of three of the most famous distilleries in the country (Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark, and Woodford Reserve), ate some delicious meals, drank (and purchased) a little a lot of phenomenal bourbon, and put a WHOLE lot of miles on the convertible driving down some of the prettiest country roads in America.
I knew Kentucky was going to be pretty but I think what took me most by surprise on this trip was the way that central Kentucky reminded me so much of Scotland! The beautiful, rolling green hills called to mind scenic drives we took through East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.
I’ve had a short break and today I am back and celebrating my one year blogging anniversary!!
To mark the occasion, I have given my site a makeover. I hope you like it!
Boy, do I remember well taking those scary first steps into the world of WordPress a year ago when I published my first blog called, ‘Why Scotland?’ I experienced all sorts of fears and doubts that day! Can you relate? I worried about whether or not I would get any views. I wondered if anyone would be remotely interested in what I had to say. I questioned myself, “Do I have the sticktoitiveness to see this thing through?” I feared that people (especially those who know me personally) would think I was…well… weird. In the end, though, I decided none of that mattered. It was enough for me that I was interested in my subject matter and I knew my sense of pride and accomplishment would mean more than what others may or may not think. So, I took the leap.
There are 196 countries in this great big world. So, ‘why Scotland?’ you might ask. Well, it all began with a thumbnail. Not mine. I’m talking about an itty bitty image that appeared on my computer screen the night I was searching for vacation rentals. My husband and I had been exploring various destinations for a milestone wedding anniversary and for months we had tossed around all the usual suspects…Hawaii, Alaska, a cruise of some sort, the islands, etc. Having never traveled anywhere more exciting than the white sandy beaches of the Florida Panhandle (ok, we DID go to Winnipeg a couple times but I’m not sure that counts), we weren’t sure where we should go. But then one dark winter evening as I sat absent-mindedly perusing VRBO (my favorite place to go when we need a rental-seriously, if you haven’t used it, do), a tiny image of a lovely stone manor house-a tower house actually- caught my attention. I clicked on that picture and was presented with an image of the Pilrig House in Edinburgh, Scotland. Huh, I wasn’t even looking at listings for Scotland. Strange. My interest was certainly piqued so I took a closer look at it, wandered over to their beautiful web site, and as the woman said in When Harry Met Sally, “At that moment I knew. I knew the way you know about a good melon.” I sent my husband a text, told him where I knew we were going, and that was all she wrote!
Except that wasn’t all she wrote. For I had no idea at the time what kind of impression Scotland was to make on me. It was my first trip to Europe and maybe that had something to do with it. Or maybe my soul just finally found its way home. Either way, I fell head-over-heels for this beautiful country. It’s fair to say that I am mildly-well maybe moderately obsessed. And so that is where this blog comes in. And you, my new readers! You get to be a part of something that is very personal to me. I look forward to growing this blog and sharing with you some of my best experiences, photos, travel tips, and favorite places and sites. We’ll talk food and whisky (oh yeah!) and literature and music and history and anything else Scottish related that comes to mind. I’m glad you’re here and if you love Scotland as much as I do, then Fàilte!