Posts Tagged ‘Scotland


165/2011 the kilt

165/2011 the kilt, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I wanted a picture of a Scotsman wearing a kilt, and had to wait till our last day, and return journey, to finally get one. They certainly didn’t seem to be everyday fashion anywhere we went.

This piper in full traditional gear entertained tourist at Gretna Green, the first village after the English border. There is something curious about a man wearing a female skirt-like garment, and all the pins and furry pouches that go along with it. And then, of course, there is the mystery of what, if anything, is worn underneath!


164/2011 a wee dram

164/2011 a wee dram, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

When in Scotland, whisky tasting is a must. Famous Loch Ness with the legendary monster also has its own signature whisky. Get carried away with your ‘wee drams’, and you might even get a glimpse of the evasive Nessie 🙂

I’m not into whisky at all but I enjoy seeing the never-ending selection of different single-malts, and trying some of the creative Scotch-spiced cooking. I must say the traditional Scottish haggis with the whisky sauce was really delicious.


163/2011 evening in the highlands

163/2011 evening in the highlands, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Our journey continued north, to the highlands of Scotland. During our evening in Inverness, we came across a live music pub, the Hootananny, were a traditional Scottish ‘ceilidh’, ie live folk music and dancing, was going on.

In addition to the more common instruments, such as the guitar and accordeon, naturally there were different Scottish bagpipes, too. What a warm and cheerful atmosphere on a cold and rainy evening!


161/2011 student learning to understand the world

How interesting to visit our daughter’s foreign university campus. A curious mix of ancient and modern, but now largely deserted for the summer. No students studying on the lawns, which drew my attention to this bronze sculpture.

It’s called ‘Youth with Split Apple’, and is by a Scottish sculptor Kenny Hunter. The accompanying plaque read:

“Kenny Hunter’s art offers a contemporary take on traditional figurative sculpture. Unlike the commanding figures of many triumphal monuments, here a student reclines among us, sharing our space. He is holding an apple, a traditional symbol of intellectual awakening, which is split in two to suggest the dualistic nature of knowledge, good and bad. In this work, Kenny Hunter questions the assumption that knowledge is acquired through action, instead suggesting that openness and contemplation play their part and that the aim of life is not to change the world but to understand it.”

These words and ideas really spoke to me, as a teacher on my summer holiday. We all need contemplative time, to understand the world around us a bit better. Perhaps then we might even be ready for some action to make tiny changes.


160/2011 a welcome sight

160/2011 a welcome sight, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Over 600 miles from the south coast of England to Aberdeen in the north-east of Scotland in one day, and on Britain’s massively congested motorways, too! Getting to our inn late at night was a relief beyond words. We slept like logs!


July 2020

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