Saturday, July 20, 2013

Poem: 42nd Spin Around the Sun

I will be posting the rest of our sojourn to Europe soon. In the meantime, I wrote a birthday poem dedicated to all of you who celebrated with me in one way or another:

42nd Spin Around the Sun
Today marks the ending
of the 41st  spin around the sun,
and I look out at our garden
and I reflect,
what more needed to be done.

Pull out the needy, thorny weeds
and toss them far far away,
and I look out at our garden
and I notice,
only sunshine flowers today.

Today marks the beginning
of the 42nd spin around the sun,
and I look out at our garden
and I imagine,
what more needs to be done.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Scotland and Edinburgh

Friday, June 15, 2013

It's hard to believe that it is Friday already. Our entourage left Edinburgh to see a couple more castles since we purchased a castle pass. We pass the North Sea again.  Puffy Large cumulus clouds, mixed with white and grey, with shades of light blue in the sky, seem to almost touch the water's edges.

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. Everyone is so kind. Even the parking meters, the elevators, and the graffiti are polite. While driving around Edinburgh, a lone bagpiper serenades visitors from the street corner.

Friday, July 05, 2013

The Highlands of Scotland

June 13, 2013 
10:58 a.m. (Scotland time) 

Right now, we are driving through the Highlands of Scotland. There are mountains and lakes. The clouds are encapsulating the mountains with a cloudy myst. Steve happens to be driving next to me...on the right-hand side. I feel quite exposed sitting on the left. In addition, we are driving on the left-hand side of the road. This is strange and exciting at the same time.

We rented a black Kia Rio in Glasgow yesterday. So far, we have seen two medieval (pre-1600) castles and visited the Glencoe(sp?) visitor's center. They filmed part of the James Bond film Skyfall at the visitor's center.

Thursday-Fridayish June 14, 2013
Scotland time unknown

I am writing in a foreign daze. We stayed in Aberdeen last night. Our friend G. informed us that we have stayed in or travelled through five (count five) major cities in Scotland (in no particular order): Glasgow, Inverness, Stirling, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh.

In addition to five major cities, we have explored five medieval castles. We spent time in the Scottish Highlands. Our group visited Loch Ness, but alas, didn't see Nessie. She's a fickle old bird. The countryside is practically pristine, as the country is rather clean.

We noted a sign: "Please take your rubbish with you." 

I did not know that Loch meant Lake in the U.K.
I now prefer to spell "mist" with a y.
Steve said to me as we stopped with our group to view the scenery: "I never imagined driving through a field in eastern Scotland."

Me neither, love.

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