Back Home Again

I’m home in my nest, getting back to the simple pleasures of life; dinner on the porch, hanging out the laundry, Sammy on my lap while I read. Soon enough the responsibilities and obligations of my life will take up much of my time, but for right now I am enjoying the quiet. The cat snuggled up with me last night-I guess having extra space in the bed doesn’t make up for a snuggle partner. Also, the pile of mail, a full inbox, and an empty refrigerator are calling my name. There is a sweetness to these moments on the cusp of the season’s change-letting me know that all life is change, and mine has changed because of this trip. I’m not sure how this will look, but I can feel the shift in energy. Welcome home my spirit!

Here’s the tailend of our trip.

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On Saturday we packed up and turned in the car in Inverness and took the train to Edinburgh. This time we were awake and could really enjoy the scenery. (Remember the sleepyhead photo on the way up to Inverness!?)

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And we even caught a glimpse of the Edinburgh Castle from the train. No time this trip to show it to the girl. I saw it the last time I was here, and thoroughly loved it! There are statues of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce (potentially an ancestor, I have some research to do there) at the entrance.

Rather than the shuttle, we took a cab to the hotel out by the airport.

It’s always so funny to me how large the British hackney cab is on the inside when the outside looks so small!

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Our hotel room was just fine, but unfortunately there was an all day and all night party going on in a warehouse next door. Swarms of teenagers, and boom-boom-boom until 4 AM. Somehow I slept. I think it was the 2 glasses of wine!

Today I finished the socks…I will always remember that I knit them in Scotland.

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Time to finish unpacking and put everything back to rights, not to mention getting my creative groove back!

Last Day on Loch Ness

A quiet day for Kaelyn and I, walking along the loch, drawing, packing, while Jordan went to the gym and did a little shopping on his own.

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I love how the clouds are so low against the hills surrounding the loch. It inspired me to draw, sitting on the porch this morning with a cup of tea beside me on the bench. A blissful morning it was.

Down to Dores for dinner, but a lesson in skipping stones first.

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The view from the end of the loch is stunning. I could look at it all day.

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It’s a little dark, but here are my traveling companions. I love them!

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A great dinner

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and a Guinness for the boy

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Train to Edinburgh tomorrow and staying there for the night. I’m sad to be leaving my beloved Scotland, but I’m also looking forward to going home too.

Skye

An early start to the best day yet! Skye, the long-awaited trip. Traveling down the loch, past the Eilean Donan castle

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and over the bridge to the beautiful island of Skye. As always, sheep everywhere, one track roads, no guardrails! Majestic scenery epitomizes Scotland.

We stopped at the Fairy Glen, enchanting!

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Jordan and Kaelyn climbed to the top where it was incredibly windy. We wanted to see the Fairy pools, but they were too far away.

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We passed the ferry to Stornaway, and alas, did not board.

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Here is the amazing Kilt Rock

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All that knitting time means one sock is finiahed!

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Inverness

Jordan dropped us off on his way to the gym, and we found our way to the Victorian Market, primarily a place to buy souvenirs, but I found a beautiful tanzanite ring.

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The last time I was here I purchased a diamond ring to wear every day so I would always remember this special city. Now I have one for the other hand. 😊

Later in the day Kaelyn and I helped Jordan select two tiny baby kilts at this market for a friend. So cute!

One place on my must-see list was Leakey’s Bookshop.

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I could have hung out here forever. I found a great book on Jane Ratcliffe who pioneered nursing and rearing injured animals without taming them. Kaelyn bought a poetry anthology.

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Down the street for a delicious gluten free lunch,

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And a walk past the. Inverness castle

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before we met up with Jordan and returned to the cottage.
I actually drove!!!

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up to Foyers so we could hike down to the falls.
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and back up….steeeeeeep climb!

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With Jordan back behind the wheel, we tootled around on ridiculously narrow roads

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complete with switchbacks and fortunately, no there traffic!

Jordan and Kaelyn checking out the trail map….that’s what the road felt like.

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Tomorrow, Skye!

Best View of the Loch

The girl and I hiked

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Up to this view

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There is an exquisite energy to this beautiful place. I wish I lived here.

Dunnottar Castle

The day started with this guy on the patio

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It was a long, long drive there, and a long, long drive back, but sooo worth it. We drove to Aberdeen to see Dunnottar castle, a stunning ancient ruin.

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Isn’t it beautiful, jutting out into the North Sea like that?

The drive there was mostly on one track roads,

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Once even trying to share the narrow road with a bus, bicyclists and sheep, driving through the Cairngorms.

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It was a day of primo knitting time too!

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On the way over, if we had had time we could have seen this

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On the way back, I thought this looked like an Andrew Wyeth scene

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A Quiet Day on Loch Ness

We all slept well and woke late, so it was a really quiet day. I was up first so a cup of tea and my knitting kept me company.image

Shopping for the remainder of the week was our expotition for the day. Salmon for dinner, with a view.

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Look what we found at the store!

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The girl and I went for a walk after supper and found my next house, and look, someone is already fixing it up for me!

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And this is the dock that goes with it. Heaven!

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Tea with this view before settling in for the night.

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By Loch Ness

It took twenty hours, but we’re finally here! Limo, jet, prop plane, shuttle, train, taxi, and rental car. What a trek! Here’s the girl in Dublin where we had to change planes.

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We flew a prop to Edinburgh! Caught the shuttle to Waverly Station, and the train to Inverness. Sheep everywhere!
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And all of us trying to sleep any way we could
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Taxi to the Inverness airport to get our rental car, got lost finding our cottage, shopped for dinner at Tesco, and finally made it to Hazelgrove. Here’s my view of Loch Ness while making dinner.
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Watching Braveheart, immersing myself in everything Scottish!

Pre Scotland

The kidney’s summer is pretty much over, which is why I haven’t posted in so long. It has been crazy around here for another reason too-a massive road/watermain construction project. On top of the kitchen reno, it about drove around the bend. Still, I managed to make tomato paste, finish a pair of socks, and arrange playdates for the kidneys. 

What I really want to let you know is that the girl and I are leaving for Scotland tomorrow night.

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Watch this blog for photos and commentary, starting Saturday!

Outlander!

 

A Kidney Summer

It’s kidney time again, which means two of the grandkids are here for 8 weeks. It’s a crazy, wild and amazing time for us, so, I like to share a bit. So far, we’ve been creating

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Eating ice cream

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And hanging out at the beach.

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G and I built a teepee

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And Sasha’s been keeping the boy’s booster seat warm on the way home from dropping him at circus camp

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Apparently she’s discovered the great advantage of being higher too! They love each other

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I’ve been working on Scotland plans, and knitting socks!

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And drawing facws

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I must get a move on with the two-color tank top or it will be too late to wear it!

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