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.

You may have seen me post this one before, but I just had to share it again. The red roof of this old crofter’s cottage seems to scream, “Look at me!”

Scottish Highlands

The tradition of red church doors dates back centuries. They are not only representative of the sacrificial blood of Christ, but they are also reminders of the Passover, of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice because of their faith, and historically, have signaled the church as a place of refuge, sanctuary, and safety.

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Pittenweem, Scotland

A bright red city sightseeing bus colors the streets of Inverness, Scotland on a gray day.

Inverness, Scotland

I have no idea what this flower is but it was so lovely, growing up a stone wall at Ballindalloch Castle in Banffshire, Scotland.

Red car, red door, red letter box…even the young woman’s red hair stands out to me in this photo. Taken on Bernard Street in Leith, Scotland.

Leith, Scotland

Thanks for stopping by, friends. I hope every one of your days this week is a red letter day!


Lens-Artists 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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Happy Thanksgiving!

May love and laughter light your days

and warm your heart and home.

May good and faithful friends be yours

wherever you may roam.

May peace and plenty bless your world

with joy that long endures.

May all life’s passing seasons

bring the best to you and yours.


-old Irish blessing

My fellow American friends, I wish you the happiest Thanksgiving!  May your day spent with family and friends be a blessed and joyous one.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #72: Waiting

Whisky. Uisga Beatha. Water of Life.

By law, Scotch (that is, whisky without the ‘e’) must be aged in oak barrels in Scotland for a minimum of three years. Most premium distillers, however, mature their whisky for much longer (8, 10, 12, 15 years, etc.). Many of the casks that are used to age Scotch are imported from America and Europe and have previously held wine, bourbon, port, and sherry. Each cask lends its own distinctive flavors and color to the finished product. It is indeed a long process, but believe me, for the distillers and those of us who reap the benefits of their labor…

…it is worth waiting for.

To be a part of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, click here.  Thank you, Amy, for this week’s challenge!


Get to Know Me Better – 15 Random Things About Me

Hello and happy November! Golly, is it really November already? A few days ago, I took this photo through the windshield of my car as I drove through my neighborhood. Every autumn I am so awestruck by the beauty that abounds. Don’t you just love fall, y’all?

I want to do something completely different today. I think this is going to be fun. I normally write about all things Scottish, but on this gorgeous Monday, I am going to share with you fifteen totally random things about me. It’s a “get to know me better” post. Let’s have fun!

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Happy Saturday, Friends! Here is an interesting post by Debbie Boek about the Celtic origins of Halloween. Have a great weekend!

Happy Halloween! Here we are, almost at the end of October already, and I know many of you must be wondering how this holiday actually came about. The good news for you is that I am going to talk about that very subject today. It all started with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced […]


Me & Mr. C

Twenty-five years ago today a lovely young girl married a delightful young boy in the living room of his parents’ home. The boy and girl (because that’s really what they were) had been just friends until one day they decided they were in love and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. They planned a small wedding and four months later, the boy and the girl became one.

They were a perfect match.

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The Day I Broke My Internet

Oh Heaven help me. I am just not made for technical stuff. Suffice it to say, it’s been a rough week blog-wise. A week full of me trying to be independent and proactive and trying to figure out complicated things on my own, all culminating with me accidentally deleting my site from the internet and ending up in tears on the phone with Mr. C while he was at work. Did I mention I’m not made for technical stuff?

When I began this blog two years ago, I pretty much just plunged in head first, figuring things out as I went. By trial and error and within a short period of time, I had what I thought was a pretty nice looking site set up and running. I was anxious to begin writing and that’s what I have happily been doing since. All was right in my blogging world. Until…

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Let’s Get This Weekend Started

Happy Friday, friends!

I have waited for three months for this book to arrive and today it finally did. Victoria Magazine recently published their first book and boy is she a beauty! So in case you are wondering what I’ll be doing this weekend besides writing (and hunkering down inside to avoid the insane heat outside), there you go. Two hundred thirty-two pages of pure bliss.

What are your weekend plans?

I have a couple of fun posts in the works. First, I’ll be sharing an interview I did with a talented author. And then I’ll be taking you on a little trip to a fascinating stone circle set in the stunning countryside of Aberdeenshire. So stay tuned!

Hope each of you has a fabulous weekend. If you are here in the U.S. amidst this brutal heat wave, please be safe and stay cool!