Some more catch-up from the Highlands.

You know how, when you are faced with a million stars in the sky or a million stones on Pebble Beach, you always find one that you like or that means something to you?

Well, I found one for my lady today and here’s Nancy’s stone gift in her hand.

We want to tell you also that we were so worried about the weather.  We flew all night on Thursday and, when we want out for a walk (as you have to do…to pretend you’re OK with the time) on Friday, it was drizzling and 47 and a bit windy.  We stopped and bought some neck warmers, etc. and thanked our lucky stars that we had brought our rain gear and 3 different kinds of wind-breakers (not to mention the long-johns).  Well, it started in the 60’s first day and has been sunny and in the 70’s ever since.  Magnificent.  Local people are agog.

Here’s a photo of one of the most “normal” roadside sights in Scotland…the gorse or broom plants.ImageThe plants spring up all over the hills, on the golf courses, by the canals  – there is one 62 mile long canal called the Caledonian Canal, which encompasses Loch Ness and four other fresh-water lochs as well as some sea-water lochs.  The canal goes from Scotland’s east coast to west coast and was built in the early 1800’s…quite a feat in its day…the biggest public works project in the world with 14 locks.  We hiked part of it, took a boat on part of it (never saw “Nessie”, although we strained to see her) and walked on the beach at the end of it.Image

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 10-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids. Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

3 comments

  • Hi! I loved finding Scottish rocks, too. Souvenir that can encapsule great memories. Glad you’re loving it and SO glad about the weather! Love from Christy

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  • Chip,

    We’re enjoying following your adventures and the history you’re providing is a wonderful dimension for us. Being a lover of water and canals I was motivated to google the Caledonian Canal and read about its construction and operation. Pretty cool.

    Hope the Highland sun continues to shine on you…

    D (&B)

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