…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…
Oh 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.