The Falls of Dochart

Hello friends.  What’s shakin’?  Not much around here this weekend.  I attempted to write this blog outside but good grief – the humidity!  I see it’s a balmy 65 degrees in Edinburgh right now.  What I wouldn’t give.

Today I’d like to show you a beautiful area in the Scottish Highlands that I visited on my last trip.  Located on the River Dochart at the pretty village of Killin in Stirlingshire, are the spectacular Falls of Dochart.

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What a Gem

Hi Friends!

One of my favorite discoveries from our Scottish adventures is a unique company called Heathergems.  The only manufacturer of its kind, the Heathergem company produces beautiful jewelry and other gift items from the stems of the heather plant.

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I first saw these interesting creations at the James Pringle Shopping Outlet in Leith, Scotland (a decent place to look for a few souvenirs, if not a tad bit on the kitschy side – I did once find a very good hat!).  I have since seen Heathergems for sale at the Celtic shop near my hometown here in the States.

Aside from the Scottish thistle, perhaps no other flower epitomizes Scotland the way that the heather plant does.  It makes me think of the movie Brigadoon – Gene Kelley capturing the heart of the beautiful Cyd Charisse as he sings sweetly to her of the heather on the hill.  The song follows with a dance number that has the pair gliding over the moor and I think that maybe Cyd Charisse isn’t the only one who is falling in love.  We do too a little.

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A Brief History of the Bagpipe

Happy December, Friends!  Is it really just over three weeks until Christmas?  My goodness, where does the time go?  2018 is just a blink away.

I thought today it might be fun to do a little research on the history of the bagpipe.  Santa was more than happy to model his for you today!

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The bagpipe is quite unlike any other instrument in its ability to stir and penetrate so deeply into the soul.  When well-played, bagpipes can evoke a gamut of emotions:  joy, sadness, excitement, determination, and for me personally, a profound longing.  Even a homesickness of sorts.  It’s complicated.  It’s love.

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