I suppose it was inevitable that gardening outdoors would eventually move Mrs. F.G. toward collecting house plants during the winter months. Perhaps I'm exaggerating to call it an obsession, but we now have a very interesting collection of plants in our den and elsewhere. She's added a love of indoor plants to her love of gardening in the summer.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Sunday, January 29, 2023
You may recall a few posts back, in the middle of our first tour of Scotland, I mentioned the Loch Ness monster. Well it must have been on my mind, for when we stopped at the shoreline the other day we saw a swirl in the water that convinced us there was a Georgian Bay monster lurking in our neighbourhood! And I'm serious!
Friday, January 27, 2023
The other day I was at the kitchen sink doing the breakfast dishes when I looked out the window. We'd had a small fresh snowfall and the view was pretty. I was struck by this tree. I had to crank myself up a little to get the shot, but got a photo I thought was worth a post for itself.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Let's take a break from Scotland, I think I can find topics for a few mid-winter posts right here at home. The big story is our crazy weather, an extremely mild January, slowly finding its way back to normal winter. I know we did have two big storms, in mid-November and on Christmas Eve, but they faded away quite quickly, leaving us back with green grass.
Monday, January 23, 2023
You'll be glad to know this is the last post from our first big trip to Scotland; Only about a dozen after that to get us through our second bigger adventure to Scotland 10 years later! I hope you won't get bored or tired of Scotland!
Sunday, January 22, 2023
After we stopped at Balmoral we drove down the highway to find our B&B which was on a farm this time. We were greeted by quite a herd of curious cattle outside the gate.
Friday, January 20, 2023
Next day we headed further north, leaving Skye and driving up a series of mostly one-lane roads, sticking as close to the coast as possible through Torridon and on to the nature reserve at Beinn Eighe. This is one of the only places where you can see a sizeable remnant of the original Scots Pine forest of Scotland - the rest having been overgrazed by deer or grouse, or planted to Sitka Spruce for timber.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
After we got back on the mainland, we headed north. The first stop was in Glencoe, site of the infamous Glencoe Massacre in 1692 (this trip was quite a mixture of geography and history)! With a stop at the 'most photographed castle in Scotland', Castle Eilean Dolan, we ended up on the Isle of Skye for a few days.