Monday, October 14, 2013
Andrew makes sure he has enough
our trip to China, The Philippines, and Vietnam
money .... He'll need it!
Kelly takes us to the airport and we're off. Air Canada ... I got a bit uptight as I noticed most Air Canada flights
we're delayed by a couple of hours.
Great views once we are over China.
Herbal tea and a fish paste sandwich..... Tasty! ...... Not!
But first Andrew will need to deal with Chinese plumbing!
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Lovely drive from Inverness to Pitlochry. A warm day but a bit overcast when we reached the town.
Lots of tourist and day trippers. Much as I remembered it. Plenty of cheap holiday gift stores and woollen bargain shops and added to that nowadays ... The ubiquitous coffee shops!
Derrybegg, our B&B is the typical large, converted Victorian house, so popular in The Highlands.
The furnishings and deco were standard and a bit tired, but comfortable enough. The shower was fantastic, the best since we've been in Scotland!
The place was full, so at about 800 quid a night, they aren't doing too badly! But I expect that business is slow in the winter.
We had booked tickets for the theatre.
A comedy ..... Alex's first (apart from the musical, Annie).
We walked to the theatre from town, which took a bit longer than we expected, so didn't manage to get into the restaurant and had to settle for the snack bar!
The sandwiches were good ... And so was the pint!
The building hadn't changed since my last visit in 1990 ..... Or indeed, since the 60s!
Friday, September 27, 2013
Goodbye to Oldmeldrum.
Lunch with my cousin and her daughter.
..... A fish soup that originated in the nearby town of Cullen.
Where we stopped later in the afternoon for a 99 cone.
Arrived at our B & B on the shore of Loch Ness, in the late afternoon.
It's in an old manse.
Our little Corsa , with Loch Ness in the background.
And just for Val, a Glenbogle-lookalike castle, right across the water from us!
We get settled on, then .....
..... Get picked up by my newly-found-second-cousin, Steven. We had a great visit and dinner but I forgot to take a photo .... so I've borrowed this one from his FB page ..... Hope you don't mind, Steven. We had a fun time and I thought this captured the mood, pretty well!
This morning, after a full Scottish breakfast, we headed off, through Inverness, to the battlefield at Culloden. This is the site of the last battle fought on British soil, in 1746.
We toured the new interpretation centre and watched some presentations.
And I made Alexose for his Granny!
We spent some time browsing around the shops in Inverness .... Alex hates charity shops!
Then picked up some lunch at Marks & Spencer's and found a great picnic spot beside some locks on the canal.
The lemon tart was deemed to be scrutious!
There was a quaint little cottage beside us ... With little handmade crafts and plants for sale ... And another honour box!
And in the garden ..... Three very old turtles!
Dinner tonight was up the road .....
These kind of put me off ordering lamb!
I had absolutely fabulous halibut and prawns....... Yummy!
Obviously a lot of driving tourists need reminding!
I have terrible night vision and hate driving In the dark.
Tonight's trip back to the B & B wasn't helped by the fact that I couldn't find my driving lights and made the journey with only my parking lights on!!!
Safely tucked up in bed. Off to Pitlochry in the morning.