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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh March 6th 2018

We believe we mentioned yesterday that there was snow on the ground in Scotland. Well this morning it's snowing cats and dogs! My god, what have we done. To digress a bit yesterday we were a bit sleepy (okay a lot) so after locating an electrical adaptor and having a very late lunch we returned to our wonderful apartment for the night. BTW for lunch HP had Bangers and Mash-very good, while Bird was equally complimentary of her Haggis, Neeps, and Totties. Of course everything is spelled correctly; how could you ask! As this is being written we are sitting, praying to the weather god to end the snow, while watching Good Morning Britain. At least it's above freezing so the snow isn't sticking. We are now reduced to one day in Edinburgh with determination not ... read more
Edinburgh Castle
St. Margaret's Chapel
Mons Meg

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh February 3rd 2018

A wine before we board ............ just for Duncan :)... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh December 16th 2017

Opening the front door led to sharp intakes of breath from us all as the cold hit us, even with an extra layer on each it seemed far worse than the day before. Woolly says – I had decided on the wise option of wearing all three of my Christmas jumpers, no decisions to make on which one and extra layers of warmth. I’d already kicked Jo as I heard her sniggering about the Michelin man and obviously inferring that I’m am putting on wait, having pointed out that I needed it in these climates I led the way down the path and towards the Ocean Terminal once again. Our first port of call….. go on you’ll get it eventually….. was to the terminal itself and one of Edinburgh’s top tourist attractions. We had all agreed ... read more
What a compass
The Royal Yacht Britannia..... well some of it
Looking over the market

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh December 15th 2017

I’m not sure where the time has gone but after weeks of sitting and enjoying the sunshine and catching up with friends our bags are ready, and the maps and guide books safely stored for the start of our biggest adventure yet. The warm up weeks, so to speak, would give us a chance to get used to being back in full travel mode again and to make sure we have everything we need. Woolly says – Warm it will not be and everything we need!!!!! There’s a car full of stuff to root through, how the women are going to get it all into two backpacks is beyond me! First though was the highlight of Alayna’s Christmas fun, the Christmas Market, now in it’s eight year it would be my fifth time of going and ... read more
Getting the Christmas Feeling
Treats for a Mammoth!
More food

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh December 15th 2017

Woolly says – I woke to blueish skies, wet pavements and the cold, the very very cold having added several layers, including one of my Christmas jumpers, I escorted the women towards the Ocean Terminal and the place to catch the bus, better known for a famous attraction, but that wasn’t on today’s list. It was warm onboard and having settled down for the ten minute journey into the city centre I thought it a good idea to tell everyone a little bit about the city itself. Zoe and I sat back as his lecturing voice started, there was not point in trying to stop him unless we wanted a sulking mammoth so better to give in and get it over with. Woolly says – I really do need to consider my staffing situation in the ... read more
By the sword of the Mammoth.....
Lady Stairs House
Castle from afar

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 22nd 2017

Sorry, absolutely no chance of any blogging last night due to extreme intoxication. The photos were downloaded prior to me going on a 'pub crawl' so here they are.... read more
Us at Hollyroodhouse, no queen.
No it wasn't raining.
I'll just go in here and see if she home!

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 20th 2017

It's not a castle, fortress, battlement, cathedral, church, abbey, tomb, cemetery, crypt or even a golf course! In fact I'd be surprised if you've ever seen anything like this. It's one of only two (pretty sure) boat lifting wheels in the world. And it is amazing! And it is big. Spectacular yet very, very effective and efficient. It consumes the equivalent amount of electricity as 8 electric kettles when lifting 250 tons! It's an engineering marvel (and possibly a work of art?) that lifts vessels almost 30 m into the air and deposits them back in the canal ready to continue up or down stream. The photos tell the story but I was particularly impressed and certainly glad we took the time to visit. Next big thing. The Antonine Wall. Well pretty big. It's the poor ... read more
The Falkirk Wheel. It lifts boats 27 m!
The Falkirk Wheel.
On the boat at The Falkirk Wheel.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 17th 2017

A respite from the deep bunkers (Mike was in heaven) and some tall trees to replace,as we joined highly-regarded Professional, Alan TAIT. He oversees the operations at Deer Park, west of Edinburgh. Despite heavy rains that fell earlier in the week, the course was impeccable, with beautiful greens. This, of course, worked against me as the occasional bump in in the road would have allowed for a couple more hole-outs. Alan put on a show, birdieing the first two holes before allowing us in for one. While I was still recovering from my Muirfield high, they were quietly stuffing us up. The traditional Scottish rolls Best beer after nine provided more highlights than John and I could muster. We shook hands on the 15th as a team and on the 16th with Mike. The hospitalty, the ... read more
The A Team,
His eleme

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 11th 2017

My Decision to reroute my Scotland schedule was indeed a wise one! The weather in the North was none to good and Edinburgh was a blast. I can't count how many fantastic people I met over the last two days in Edinburgh but I'll share some of the highlights with ye ! I didn't arrive in Edinburgh until about 5:00 because I ran into some traffic between St. Andrews are here. However, I felt refreshed and was ready to explore and partake in all that Edinburgh offers knowing that I didn't have to jump back on the bike the next day. I grabbed a bite to eat at Footlights where to my surprise my waitress (Ally) recognized my Packer jersey. One of her co-workers is a huge Packers fan (not from the US) and has a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 1st 2017

Here Comes the Sun. Good Day Sunshine. Sun sun sun. I was insane for it. Good thing I don't live in the Pacific Northwest. Ammmmi right?! I had something I could laugh about. After my lovely pastry from the grocer, I headed down Princes Street to find whatever was out there... like a Ferris wheel! A Ferris wheel right next to the botanical gardens, mate. I was giddy with the vibrant colors. My knee was wrecked from my 10 mile walk the day before so I got myself right on up to the Royal Mile to wait for the tour of the Real Mary King's Close! Haunted! Creeepy! Mary King was a widow and linen merchant in the Middle Ages and the close is named after her. A close, you remember, is an extremely tight alley. ... read more
Is this a sun festival?
What hell lies below?

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