Thursday, July 20, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - My Trip

Thirteen things about my week away.......
1. I went here:


in the north east of Scotland to visit my parents.

2. Here is where they live:


in that little clutch of houses huddling under Nigg Hill.

3. This is the view from their kitchen window:

4. Behind their house, protected from the wind and rain, is the Shandwick Stone:


more on this later.

5. Also, on my walk to the Stone, I met some nice creatures:


I find cows very restful........

6. And there were BABY cows!

When I pause to talk to cows, which I like to do, it's a comfort to know I am not intending to eat them.....

7. There are three villages linked along the coast, and this is kinda cute:

The 'Seaboard Villages' - it's even on the buses!

8. Oh, did I not mention the sea??:


9. And then there's the harbour:

full of teeny little fishing smacks and a couple of small trawlers.

10. The original fishermans' cottages:

still lived in and so tiny!

11. There is a very modest stylish memorial to the men who have lost their lives to the sea:

two anchors in the small municipal park.

12. And while I was there, I got the chance to go fishing.........

Well, Mike did the *actual* fishing.....and I covered my ears for the necessary stunning of the poor little fishies.

13. And because I stayed in the next village, each night I walked back along the beach enjoying magnificent sunsets:


There will be more, this is just a taster..... :-)

cq

23 comments:

Reverberate58 said...

Oh girl these are some very beautiful pictures! What a great view from the window! Thanks for sharing them with us T13ers!
My T13 is up! I hope you have a terrific Thursday!

phoenix said...

Wow... That is the one and only place I want to go see before I pass from this life. The greens are so green and the ocean is beautiful!! I can't wait to read about the stone!

My 13 are up!

Juggling Mother said...

It's not normal to go to Scotland and have good weather - when you can't see the mountains it's raining & when you cvan see the mountains it's going to rain, or, as I heard the other day, Scotland has 9 months of torrential wind, rain and bad weather, followed by three months of winter;-)

my TT is up

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Those are really very beautiful pictures. Very nice place. Love the place where your parents leave. Very cool, peaceful and quiet. You really have done justice to the place.
My T13 is up and hope you'll enjoy another tour.

ribbiticus said...

spectacular pics! can't wait to see more...;)

Fizzy said...

Lovely lovely pictures.

Lazy Daisy said...

YOUR HOME!!! Whoppee! Wow, how beautiful! Hope you are all rested up, gorgeous pictures. I can talk to the cows over the fence in my back yard too. Missed you girlfriend.

MysteriousLady said...

Oh take me, take me next time! Please! Please !

I so wanna see scotland, and it's so beautiful! I am sooooooo jealous!

I missed you too!

Warm Fuzzies said...

Awwwww...my home land! I am Scottish, but have never been. Those pictures are amazing...thanks for the sneak peak. One day, I'll make it!

mar said...

What a wonderful place!!! love your pics, dahling, they are just beautiful and so sunny! will have lots to read and see here when I return. Stay well and happy while I am gone, happy TT!! :¬)

Tracie said...

Those are some great pictures!! What a beautiful place!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

A great tour, CQ. I enjoyed the visit.

karen! said...

GREAT pictures! I would LOVE to go somewhere like that. I might never come home if I did though.

keda said...

oh how lovely! thank you for sharing your beautiful trip with us. hmm it reminds me of home.

LadyBugCrossing said...

Gorgeous, dahling!! Simply gorgeous!
LBC

Wystful1 said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, such a beautiful place to be. Fine indeed!!!! Love all the pics. Thanks cq!!!

When you have time, drop by and see what I have on my blog now! LOL

YellowRose said...

Wow, what beautiful pictures!! Scotland is one of the places I am dying to go visit, your pictures make me want to go even more!!!

Sounds like your visit was very nice! I'm looking forward to hearing about the Shandwick Stone!

Happy Thursday, mine is up!

Trinity13 said...

Wow, what an incredible window view...I love it!!!

WendyWings said...

Welcome back., my brother lives in the Scotland of New Zealand, Dunedin.
They reckon if you have been there you don't need to go to Scotland lol.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It is soooo very beautiful there CQ. The beach is lovely and I LOVE those cows! A Lot! And the baby's, too. Like you, I find them very very restful. In fact I have a big painting of cows that hangs in my bedroom opposite my bed so I can see them all the time...
I am anxious to hear about that Stone. I know there is a special story there, my dear.
So good to have you back on the net and I bet everyone at your house is happy you are home, including the little four footed sweethearts!

Tara said...

What a wonderful wonderful place! I absolutely ADORE those tiny fishing villages.

More and more of them are dusappearing as tourism bulds up around them, and in some cases swallows them whole.

Titanium said...

What beautiful pics! My mom visited Ireland last summer & I want to visit so badly.

Jane said...

What beautiful pictures. My heritage is Scottish and I hope to visit there one day. Your parents have such a glorious place to live. Thanks for sharing.