UK Castles

There are approximately 1,500 castles in the UK, many dating back to the 6th century AD and earlier. You’ll find a wide variety of structures in varying conditions; from fairytale castles to others that are a pile of ruins, and everything in between. Visiting these historical locations is high on my bucket list, and I…

Door and Window Photos

Interesting doors and windows have always caught my attention, perhaps because they offer an opportunity to discover a new place or to catch a glimpse into the lives of others. For whatever reason, I have quite a large collection of door and window photos and will share a few of my favorites today. There are…

Crichton Castle, Scotland

Located in Midlothian, on a bluff overlooking the River Tyne are the ruins of Crichton Castle. Built in the 1300s, it was originally the home of, as the name implies, the Crichtons, but over the years passed through the hands of various families including James Hepburn, the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. It…

Monet’s Garden

Twenty years ago my husband, daughter and I took a trip to Europe with my sister and her family. We started in Edinburgh, where we strolled along the Royal Mile and visited the castle. We had to stop at a woolen shop to stock up on hats, scarves and gloves since we were all so…

Photos From Scotland

It has been a few years since I visited Scotland, and since travel is so restricted right now, it may be a while before I get back. Until then, I will enjoy my photos and memories of this ruggedly, beautiful country. Stone steps leading to Loch Ness. Crossroads. Loch Brora above. Below are the remains…

Autumn Colors

Autumn is here and the colors are spectacular as usual. I’m taking a day off from blogging to recover from a cold and a busy week at work, so I will share some photos of autumn. I hope you enjoy these photos taken in Hobart, Australia; Denali National Park, Alaska; Bath Spa, England; Gordes, France;…

Loch Ness

Scotland has over 30,000 lochs, and Loch Ness is probably the most famous due to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionally known as Nessie. Our first stop on our five week European adventure was a beautiful bed and breakfast on the shores of Loch Ness, before heading north to visit our friends in…