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Posted by Norma on Tuesday 27th November 2012 at 11:38:53
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Holiday is over, and its back to work.Posted by Norma on Monday 9th January 2012 at 07:49:00
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It is so nice to come back to blue sky's, sunshine and my pets and my flock of birds.
I was taken by my daughter, Dawn and my daughter in law Tracey to the UK, leaving on the 18th of December 2011 and arriving at Manchester Airport on the 19th via France. It was wet, windy and cold. My other daughter Wendy joined us on the 22nd, as she could not get leave before this.
We flew on the airbus A380-800, I still felt like a sardine squashed in a tin.
I understand that the airlines have to make money, but why do the designers of these planes not make a more roomy and comfortable seat for long haul flights.
We hired a car from Hertz and leaving Tracey in Leeds with her mother, Dawn and I picked up Wendy at Manchester Airport we then drove to Carlisle, to Mount Farm B&B.
MOUNT FARM BED & BREAKFAST
The owner is a lady called Judith, she made us very welcome with tea, coffee and home made cake.
The place was clean, and comfortable and also very well furnished.
We had 2 rooms with en-suite modern bathroom facilities, one had twin beds and the other the largest bed I have ever seen.
MY BEDROOM THE GIRLS BED
We all climbed in just to show just how big this bed was. We had a kitchen fitted with a fridge, washing machine, dryer and microwave. We went to the main farm house for breakfast in a very comfortable sitting cum dining room. We had a full farmhouse breakfast with all the trimmings. I can highly recommend this for anyone who is thinking of a trip to the UK.
We left there on the 23rd traveling by car up to Aberfeldy in Perthshire Scotland, to a place called Moness Country Club. Where we had booked accommodation for a week.
This place was also modern and comfortable, with small terrace type cottages and a hotel. We stayed in one of these cottages, self catering.
Our cottage at Moness Country Club Hotel at Moness Country Club
Our cottage was topsy turvy, with the lounge, kitchen upstairs with a cupboard that opened up to let a double bed down. The bathroom and other bedroom was downstairs with twin beds. Very comfortable but with steep stairs leading up.
From Aberfeldy we traveled and drove all over, from Aberfeldy where Moness Country Club is, to Paisley driving down past Loch Lomond to meet family, then back to Moness.
We traveled to Edinburgh, to see the castle and we drove over the forth road bridge.
Driving over the Forth Road Bridge. Forth Railway Bridge in the distance.
Edinburgh Castle in Daylight. Edinburgh Castle at Night.
Dawn and Wendy trying to keep warm. The one o'clock gun at the castle.
EDINBURGH FROM THE CASTLE
We traveled to Stirling to also visit the castle and to meet my cousin Robert and his wife Bette, whom I had not seen since 1966.
We had dinner together and thereafter went to their house for a cuppa.
Stirling Castle Town of Stirling from the Castle
My cousin Robert, his wife Bette, with myself in the middle.
We drove all over, from up the Caledonia Canal to Fort William where we spent the night in a bed & breakfast. Then the next morning up past Spean Bridge, Invergarry, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness to Inverness. We saw Nessy (the Loch Ness Monster) but it was only a statue.
We then traveled back to Aberfeldy through the Cairngorms National Park.
We went up Aonach Mòr, which is part of the Nevis range of mountains around Ben Nevis at the western end of the Grampians.
We traveled up in gondola up to the ski-lodge, Dawn and Wendy hoping to find some snow that was lying on the mountain.
My daughters Dawn and Wendy walking up to try and find a patch of snow to create a snow angel.
We drove through some beautiful scenery that is to numerous to mention so I have included some more pictures.
We traveled again to Paisley after leaving Aberfeldy. We stayed in Glasgow before leaving for Paisley where I met up with an old pal, from my school days, Roy Elias. I am sorry to say we never got a photo graph of us together.
We also traveled again to Edinburgh after this to bring in the New Year 2012 watching the fireworks at the castle.
2 of the many pictures that was taken
It was great, we arrived at the castle at the top of the Royal Mile at 11.30 and there were 20 or so people. By 12.00 midnight there were thousands. We stood in the front row by the security gates and by the time we got back to the Travel Lodge in Livingston outside Edinburgh, it was 1.30am.
We then Drove down to York in England via the east side of Scotland. Stopping at the Border to take some pictures.
The picture of the other side of the stone showing England never came out clear.
We arrived in York also staying at a travel lodge for the night. Walking round York the following day, we visited York Minster, checked out the shops, some of which were closed.
I am sorry but I never got a picture of York Minster.
After leaving York we drove down to Leeds where we stayed with Tracey's mom Anne until we left to come home to South Africa. We had a great holiday even if it was winter.My daughters were hoping to experience a white christmas in Aberfeldy. It was only on the 29th of December, when we were driving after leaving Aberfeldy that it started to snow.
Snowy our little South African snow man who traveled all the way with us experiencing real snow for the first time.
My friend Roy who sent sms's with different places to visit sent an sms on the 2nd of January to say that heavy snow had fallen around Aberfeldy.
WISHING EVERY ONE A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL 2012.
Comment submitted by on Wednesday 21st March 2012 at 23:38:52
Sean,Just thought I'd drop by and comment you on a wonderful series of photographs; you really have a knack of capturing not just flawless pictures but also the atmosphere and feeling of the day which is a real skill.Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing,Glynps> Needless to say you're now in my Google Reader's RSS feed!
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