Wednesday, October 26, 2005

"On the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond"

I was feeling completely uninspired to blog tonight. I thought about posting a poem I like or something equally no-brainer...because I'm really just looking forward to curling up in bed with my trashy novel and listening to good music.

But then I stumbled into my photos folder on my computer and found these pictures from my trip to Scotland with B in 2003, and I remembered admiring the guy in a utilikilt (and almost causing an accident in the process)this a.m. It seemed like a happy coincidence of the blog gods trying to tell me to share the pictures. So I popped in the Real McKenzies and downloaded them for your pleasure.

Sorry, they are not labeled. I, apparently, didn't feel the need to label them when I saved them to my computer...and there is so much beautiful scenery we saw during that trip...Well, you get the idea.

Enjoy!






13 comments:

spinsterwitch said...

And as I look at them again, I realize that I recognize the first two as being on Skye...2 different views from the front lawn of the B&B we stayed in.

And I'll share this little story...it was on that front lawn that I became known as the Destroyer of Pastoral Scenes. You see, when I woke up and looked out the window, I noticed that there were many sheep grazing in the front lawn. So I tossed on some clothes and grabbed my camera.

But I learned that sheep are not too fond of overzealous tourists trying to get close to take their picture, and they were soon trotting away. I followed them for awhile, which meant they kept moving even farther down the road.

As I was heading back to the B&B, I came upon one of my fellow travelers. "Hey!" she says, "Where are the sheep? I saw them out my window and I wanted to get a picture." I had to admit that my own attempts had chased them away. Hence - Destroyer of Pastoral Scenes.

Hyde said...

I thought Scotland was the most beautiful place I had ever seen! The only problem? I was there the summer of 2002-- the summer I broke up with MY B! So I was being melodramatic, heartbroken and introspective the whole time I was there. Then again, maybe that's part of why it is so beautiful in my memory...

-h

Aravis said...

I dream someday of making it to England and Scotland. These photos are beautiful, and the story hilarious! Thanks for sharing them with us. :0)

Charby said...

Scotland is absolutely beautiful, I love going up there, the Highlands when the heather is out especially, are among some of the prettiest scenery anywhere.

Flash said...

Yeah, Scotland can look pretty but Jesus I feel cold just looking at the pictures.

Hippy Chick said...

Gorgeous pictures! I loved the third one up from the bottom so much it is now my computer's desktop background at work :) Your post and another good thing started off my day right - I took the bus to BART b/c Bee Dragon is sick - AC Tranist has now gone up to $1.75 - the bus driver let everyone ride for free! :)

spinsterwitch said...

HC - I'm pretty sure that's at Killiecrankie just above the Soldier's Leap, so named because, during the 1st Jacobite rebellion during the battle there a British soldier made a fantastic leap across the river to escape from the Jacobite forces.

Hippy Chick said...

ooh how "Jamie and Claire" - haha ;)

red one said...

Those are beautiful photos. Very calming and restful.

red

Gladys Cortez said...

i didn't even look at the pix b/c you mentioned "guy in a utilikilt".

I thought only this super-goth scary-punk even-the-Brit-thought-he-was-strange-and-that's-sayin'-something guy on the Purple Line into Evanston even knew that such a thing EXISTED. I, for certain, did NOT, until I saw the aforementioned scaryman on the train.

What are they FOR?? Seriously. And whose idea?? Who foresaw a need for a utility garment with a view? Couldn't they just wear a toolbelt and no drawers??

As you can see, I am fairly intense about this.

spinsterwitch said...

It was quite the thing several years ago out here...but not recently. I'm just a fan of any kind of kilt, as long as it's not too obnoxious.

But yeah, it tends to be goth-boys, RenFest guys grown up, or, interestingly, some gay men who are into it.

Still, I like the way you think!

Mr Mystic said...

If you think Scotland is cold come over to Canada Flash.

P'tit-Loup said...

No shit Mystic, that's why I now live in California. Love the pics Spin. I should go check Scotland out as I am presumed to have ancestry there too. As well as Ireland, France, and I could not say what else!