Scotland – June 2015: flowers

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We travelled in Scotland at the height of bluebell season. There were bright yellow gorse and broom everywhere, as well as thyme. I kept humming old tunes like “the blue bells of Scotland” and “wild mountain thyme”. Heather was abundant, but it blooms later in the summer. I hope you enjoy this tour of some wild and cultivated flowers we saw on our trip.

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Scotland – June 2015: woods

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During our trip to Scotland, we spent a week in the Highlands, hiking along the Great Glen Way, from Fort William to Inverness. At 10 to 12 miles a day, it was a lot of work, but we saw some beautiful areas of wilderness that we wouldn’t have witnessed otherwise. At the beginning of the journey, it was too rainy to get out a camera. On clearer days, I found a new wondrous site to photograph at every bend in the path. We traveled through all kinds of woods, with moss in abundance. I could imagine fairy house neighborhoods everywhere! Speaking of fairy houses, the Fairy Houses of Highfield Hall exhibit opens on Sunday, June 28th, with an artist reception at 1:00 pm. I’ll be there, along with a fantastic collection of 32 houses and their builders. More about that coming soon!

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Scotland – June 2015: Doors

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It’s been a few days since we returned from Scotland and I’ve just now looked at the photos of our trip. As usual, I’m organizing them in my favorite categories, including doors, houses, store fronts, flowers, landscapes, Polly, etc. We visited cities, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, but spent the bulk of the trip hiking the Great Glen Way, which follows the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands. The weather covered the gamut, with rain, strong wind, clouds and even a few days of sunshine. But, we managed to avoid the dreaded Scottish midges! We loved meeting the locals in the towns along the way, who all seemed to have time to chat–a welcome contrast to our experience at home, where we are so busy and preoccupied with our “important” lives.

Today’s collection includes photos of doors in the ubiquitous stone houses seen everywhere in the UK. The pictures of town houses were taken early one unusually bright morning in Inverness, in our B&B’s neighborhood. Stay tuned for more photo collections of our trip. I hope that you enjoy the tour!

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Polly’s traveling again

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Polly is proud to show-off her new outfit, which she’ll be wearing during her next trip. She’s especially fond of her Glengarry bonnet! Polly will be visiting relatives in Scotland (my grandfather on the Mavor side was born in Glasgow) and hiking the Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness. She’s sure to bring back lots of pictures and stories of her adventures!

etsywidgetlinkMy Etsy Shop is closed during our trip and will reopen June 16th.

France (misc.)

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Toc, toc, qui est la? It seems fitting to start this post with an inviting door knocker, which we saw many examples of around France. Here’s the last selection of miscellaneous photographs I took last fall during our trip to Provence and along the Canal du Midi. There are doors, gates, grape vines, mermaids and vegetable gardens that somehow touched my fancy. I’ve enjoyed bringing you along on this visit to beautiful France!

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France (buildings)

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I’m still organizing pictures from our trip to France last fall. Here I am, taking photos of the many picturesque buildings we saw in Provence and in the towns and villages along the Canal du Midi.

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Castelnaudary, France

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Avignon, France

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Avignon, France

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Millepetit, France

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Castelnaudary, France

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Toulouse, France

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Bram, France