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WE’RE BACK….

…from Scotland which was absolutely stunning. We had not been in 28 years (makes me realize how old we actually are when I can talk about things we did 28 years ago!) and some things had remained the same and some had changed. Scotland is a busy place – it has become a destination. So we tended to avoid the bigger cities and concentrate on small towns and off the beaten path places. The scenery is breathtaking as you will see in the photos below, the Scots are gracious and welcoming and wow I even understood most of what they said – althoughhhhhhh there were a few times I just smiled and nodded!!! Food was delicious as evidenced by the scale when we got home (despite all the walking we did!) – must have been too many full Scottish breakfasts and Haggis (well Gord ate the Haggis) and sticky toffee pudding! Oh and we accidentally found the Walkers Shortbread outlet store!!!!

We visited a lot of castles, islands, abbeys, coastal cliffs and walking paths so let me share some of the beauty of Scotland with you.

And did I spend money on goodies you ask – yup! although no wool! Wool in Scotland now is beyond my pocketbook! A lot of the wool is now being milled in Eastern Europe and other countries before being shipped back to Scotland to be made into the beautiful clothing etc. There are still some mills on some of the outlying islands that are weaving the beautiful Harris Tweeds and tartans but these have become very exclusive and pricey. So when we balk at paying our North American prices for wool – remember in Scotland it is running between 70 – 130 dollars a yard! But!!! I did see our suppliers running around in the fields – actually they don’t do much running – too busy munching! And I was able to pick a few pieces of sheep wool off some thistle bushes that I will hook into a rug (well it will have to be one darned small sheep though!).

Did we come back with an accent – no but at one point I caught Gord answering someone with an Ach Aye! What the heck was THAT.

Okay enough – pix now…

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Image 16Oh and I thought I should mention – although the Westport Fall Colours Studio Tour will take place this coming Thanksgiving weekend – my studio will not be taking part this year. However, do visit the tour if you are in the area as we have a lot of new studios and amazing artists taking part.

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17 responses »

  1. Glad that you had a safe and beautiful trip! Thanks for sharing the awesome photos!

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  2. Deborah Schryer

    Stunning photos, Loretta. Thanks so much!

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  3. Wonderful photographs!! You have a great eye!

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  4. Wow beautiful country. It’s on my list as a place to visit. How did you manage to get by Canadian Border Security with the sheep wool. Maybe they thought it was pocket fluff – ha ha.

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  5. Glad you’re home safe and sound. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. You’ll have to share all the “do’s and don’ts” for our trip next summer!

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  6. Thank you Sooooo much for sharing the glory and beauty of Scotland. Amazing. You are blessed. Don’t wait so long between visits… how can you not plan the next trip?
    Bethany

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  7. Elizabeth Worrall

    Welcome Home Lassie. Breathtaking photos…..bet they would hook a SPECTACULARS rug!!

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  8. WOW! which scene will you hook first?? so many beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

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  9. Can’t wait for the sheep coaster!! you did say small sheep!!

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  10. Sheila McIntyre

    Wow. Just beautiful! Every singl photo makes me wistful for a trip there. Hope it was restful and restoring.

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  11. Love your photos – I have been there 3(!!!) times so I recognized some of the castles. Your great photos give a true meaning of the weather!! It doesn’t bother the Scots – we saw 2 couples having a picnic in a drizzle with a white tablecloth on the picnic table!! Betty

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  12. Outstanding….from aqueducts to solar panels!
    Walkers…Outlet! What a find!
    Walkers Oatcakes (oatmeal cookies) fuelled our trip.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Jan Lord-Giraldi

    Absolutely beautiful…thank you for sharing.

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  14. Enjoyed your pictures .I will never be able to visit the place. Thank you for sharing

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  15. thanks for sharing the photos Loretta. You seem to have captured what I recall as the lush austerity of that beautiful country.

    I, on the other hand, am back in that part of the world which mills the wool for the Scots: the Czech Republic. John and I are here again; this time for only 5 weeks. No castles to show you but what about some interesting street art from Olomouc (eastern Czech Republic).

    Already imagining myself chained to the dye pot this winter.

    All the best,

    Bill

    ps Please change my email address to: billjohn4547@icloud.com

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  16. oh how wonderful…great pics (could be great rugs??) the bridges ,
    cliffs and castles, right out of Harry Potter!!!!

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  17. I am so glad that you had a wonderful trip. The Shetlands are on my bucket list. Looking forward to seeing what you make from the wool.

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