Barbara here. Just for fun, here are some pics taken in Scotland well over a year ago. Wish I could go back…one of these days… Anyway, enough nostalgia.
This is a wynd, or maybe it’s a close. (I didn’t take proper notes.) There are lots of these little alleys leading down and away from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. They’re sort of spooky-looking, especially on a gloomy day, which I gather is most of the time. (I am REALLY glad I didn’t start reading Ian Rankin’s mysteries until AFTER visiting Edinburgh, or I would have been convinced the place was a hotbed of crime. Actually, we had a good time there. Great hotel, excellent food, want to go back.)
This is Edinburgh Castle from below. How daunting to think of scaling those walls!! We didn’t have time to tour it. (There are other ways to get in–no siege skills required). Maybe next time…
I need someone to identify this plant!! I’ve never seen anything so prickly before. I don’t think it’s a kind of thistle; it’s nothing like the Scottish national plant, as far as I can see. I grew up with thistles, but nothing like this.
Here is a view of the Cuillin – a mountain range on the Isle of Skye. These mountains play a major part in Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart, one of my all-time favorite books. The Cuillin are really a character in the story, and they’re about as spooky-scary as they look in this pic. Read it and you’ll see.
This is Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, as seen through the eyes of someone with The Sight (who can therefore consort with the Fair Folk).
This is the same place through ordinary eyes. Not exactly the same scene, but I wanted to put a pic of myself in this blog to prove I was really there. 🙂
Now for the giveaway — winner’s choice of one of my books to someone who comments. (If no one comments, I will buy a book for myself. A book by someone else, that is. But I don’t need any more books right now, so please do comment.)