|(The view from Nicola's front door)|
We've dubbed this trip our second honeymoon because we had talked about coming to Scotland for our first honeymoon. We didn't get around to planning it then, so here we are celebrating our 16th anniversary (September 5th). I say better late than never. There have been some similarities between our original honeymoon in the Northwest because Mike is the kind of traveler who wants to cram as much as he possibly can into the available time. On that trip we drove about 3000 miles in two weeks (and that was after we flew out there). I really like to go somewhere and just relax, rest, read and knit. We've already driven some 1200 miles and still have several days to go. Good thing I can knit in the car.
Our days in Ireland with Nicola Brown went by much too quickly. We visited with Suzanna and the lovely Zwartbles, the Cushendale Woollen Mill, in the town of Craig-na-Managh, and a beach on the Irish sea. The weather was comfortably cool and Nicola fed us well. She even prepared lamb for us that we really enjoyed! (we are not lamb eaters, so this surprised both of us!)
|(Nicola and me - watching for seals at Curracloe) Photo by Mike MacDonald|
|(the Isle of Skye is full of dramatic scenery) Photo by Mike MacDonald|
|(Photo by Mike MacDonald)|
Mainly, we've been seeing Scottish Blackface sheep and those perpetually surprised looking Cheviots. This one looks to be a crossbred. There are sheep all over the place here - literally everywhere and they are fat and happy looking, grazing amongst the gorse and heather.
While we were on the Isle of Skye, we went to the castle of Clan Donald. Even though the castle itself is a ruin, it is pretty impressive. It's certainly a far cry from our own humble abode!
|(Ruins of the castle of Clan Donald)|
|(Skye Shilasdair Yarn Shop) Photo by Mike MacDonald|
We took the car ferry from the Isle of Skye back to the mainland and drove to Oban for the night. The next day we drove into Edinburgh to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland, which was on display at the Scottish Parliament building. I can't even describe how impressive it was. It isn't a woven tapestry, but rather panels that have been embroidered by many loving hands, each depicting a scene from the history of Scotland. Naturally, I was most drawn to the ones about the Rising of 1745 and any depicting fiber and textile activities.
|(the detail is astounding-just look at her shawl!)|
|(Imagine how many French knots that might be)|