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Sunny day exploring Cornwall…

St Michael’s Mount, the extraordinary Minack Theatre, Lands End and more…  These are the highlights from yet another glorious day exploring… Starting in our lovely manor as the sun was beaming in the beautiful bay window, Karen and I met up and the headed off… …and in case we were peckish, we had some Rudolph …

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Rainy day day exploring Cornwall

My dear friend Karen came over from Hastings for a long weekend and we are spending it exploring Cornwall. Although today was raining all day long, we had a lovely time! Starting in our lovely hotel – Penmere Manor.  Built in 1825, it was originally home to Captain John Bullock of the Falmouth Packet Service. During …

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My other Scottish Castle…

From their website:  “Ardoe House sits on an estate which was part of a 1,000 acre parcel of land gifted to Arbroath Abbey by Alexander II, King of Scotland way back in in 1244. It has been described and divided throughout the centuries as the sunny half and the shady half. Ardoe House was built …

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Awe-inspiring Elgin Cathedral

Upon leaving my northern Scottish castle in Tain, the sun was shining, and it was a magnificent day! I did have to sit in the car for a while to warm it up and to remove the eighth-inch layer of ice on the windscreen before heading off in 2oC / 35oF temperature – and I …

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Delving into my Scottish Ancestry in Inverness

When I arrived in South Devon, I knew instantly I was “home“…  In over fifty years on this planet, I had never before known that feeling… (and discovering I had ancestors in South Devon going back to the late 1400s just confirmed the feeling)… …and arriving in the Scottish Highlands, that feeling is multiplied a …

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Winter Solstice Cruising Loch Ness

The Winter Solstice marks the darkest day and shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere due to the sun being at it’s most southern position, directly above the Tropic of Capricorn. Today, for the first time since 1664, the sun and Saturn actually line up – and this has resulted in many, many …

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Loch Eil to Loch Ness

Leaving beautiful Fort William this morning, I came across the WWII Commando Memorial.   It’s sad that so many memorial halls and monuments were erected after WWI when the nation felt that nothing on that scale could ever happen again…  and then… I could have happily seated myself beside the Caledonian Canal Locks at Fort …

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