It has been a cold and wintry few days here in Virginia, so today I’m thinking back to a beautiful, warm day last May when Mr. C and I traveled along the Aberdeenshire coast to see the ruins of Findlater Castle.
This week Patti has challenged us to “break the rules and go beyond the traditional realistic image of an object, scene, or element” to post a picture of something abstract. I immediately thought of these photos, taken at Elgin Cathedral in Elgin, Moray in the northeast part of Scotland.
This is the beautiful vaulted ceiling and column in the cathedral’s Chapter House, an octagonal room in which cathedral clergy met daily to discuss business. The Chapter House was built in the early 13th century and remodeled in the late 1400’s.
It was late afternoon and Mr. C and I were on our way back to our cabin in Farr, tired from a full day of exploring sites in the Moray region of Scotland. We were driving on the B9089 through the village of Kinloss when I suddenly spotted some intriguing looking ruins out my window. I shouldn’t have been surprised – it is Scotland after all. You can’t drive five miles without coming upon some treasure or another (you think I jest). I had Mr. C turn the car around and though we were already worn out from our long day of adventuring, we ended up spending another hour or so happily exploring what turned out to be the amazing ruins of Kinloss Abbey.
Welcome back, friends. Happy Wednesday to you!
It is utterly frigid here in Virginia this morning. With our weather so wintry (and so early in the season!), I thought today would be a great time to revisit the beautiful afternoon this past May when Mr. C and I visited Inchdrewer Castle. I think of all the days of this past year, we must have been there on the most splendid of them all.
A few of my friends have popped by today to wish you all a happy Halloween! They may look a little frightening but I promise they’re harmless. They are the vault bosses who reside at Elgin Cathedral in Elgin, Scotland.
Never heard of a ‘vault boss’? Yeah, I hadn’t either until I met these guys.
This was such a fun moment for me. We were traveling through Aberdeenshire, Scotland when we came upon this shepherd and his trusty canine companion moving their flock from one pasture to another. It’s a hundred of these wonderful little Scottish moments that stick with me the most.
I am going to take a short media break for the remainder of September, but I will anxiously look forward to seeing you all again in just a few short weeks!
Get your hiking shoes on because today we are going somewhere SPECTACULAR!
I am taking you to see Cove Bay along the Scottish coast in Moray.
I once saw a decorative throw pillow that said, “Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude.” Well if that’s true, then today’s castle has attitude out the yin-yang!
This is Craigievar Castle. Isn’t she a beaut?
Hello and happy Monday!
A wee bit of silliness to start your day…
Why was the geologist always depressed?
He had a hard rock life.
What do you call a rock that never goes to school?
A skipping stone.
Why are geologists never picky in relationships?
Because they will date anything.
When were rock puns the funniest?
What’s new in your corner of the world? It’s hard to believe that a week ago yesterday I was sitting on a crappy, cramped Boeing 757, heading home from two amazing weeks in Scotland. Why we humans consent to getting into a metal tube that shoots us through the air at 500 miles per hour and at some 34,000 feet above the ground is beyond me. Ohhhh, I know why. It’s because our love for the people and places that await us far outweigh any of the risks. And for Scotland (in the words of Adele), I’m willing to take the risk.
Today I would like to share with you one of my favorites castles on my ever expanding list. This is Auchindoun, a 15th century treasure that lies near Dufftown, in Moray.