Random Pic of the Month (November)

Lochalsh Village at sunset. Hotel in the foreground, the toll-free Skye Bridge in the background.

I love this picture, looking through the different layers. Awesome lighting, this time of day.

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Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland – Part 2

Dryburgh Abbey is a wonderfully preserved ruin, and one of four major abbeys in the area, including Melrose, Jedburgh, and Kelso. However, it is the only one of the four that can claim the honor of being Sir Walter Scott’s final resting place.

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Scott’s final resting place is very near his home, Abbotsford. It is well worth visiting for any number of reasons, but seeing the beauty here is reason enough.

 

Threave Castle

We have had the great luck to visit many, many castles over the years. Threave Castle is easily one of the most unusual. Built on a small island, it is only accessible by boat.

After parking in the designated car park, it is about a mile walk to the bronze bell, which calls Scot, the ferryman. Scot then takes you across to the castle via outboard motor.

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The castle itself, though built in the 14th century and inhabited only until the mid-1600s, is in wonderful condition, with a Great tower with rounded ceiling, many fireplaces, and the stairs still access the Great Hall.

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As it was a rainy day, we had the whole place to ourselves, which we enjoyed immensely.

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You can easily see old doorways and fireplace openings.

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Travel Buddy stands 5’2″. So that gives you an idea of the size of this opening.

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The Tower, and looking up through it.

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This was one of the more unusual castles we’ve visited, because of its unique setting. A definite recommendation if you’re in the area, which is near the town of Castle Douglas, in Dumfries & Galloway.

 

 

The Cemetery in Lockerbie, Scotland

On the 21st of December 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed in the air by a terrorist bomb. All 243 passengers and 16 crew members were killed, and 11 more people were killed by falling wreckage on the ground.

It has long been on my mind to visit the final resting place of these victims, who were randomly and horribly murdered through no fault of their own.

I finally got that opportunity last fall.

There was a small museum on the cemetery grounds that kept memorability from the tragedy, along with correspondence, maps, and photos sent in from the families and friends of the victims.

After seeing this very tasteful memorial, we were directed to where the remains were permanently interred.

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I had the honorĀ of seeing a play based on this tragedy, The Women of Lockerbie, by Deborah Brevoort, performed by The Actor’s Gang at the Ivy Substation in Culver City, California, 2007.

The play focused on the American side of the tragedy, the families of the victims, left with nothing to represent their lost loved ones, and also on the Scottish side, with the local women who mourned their own victims, who died on the ground. These local women methodically collected every scrap of clothing, every item that had fallen from Flight 103. They cleaned up the items, washed the clothing, and replaced it within the remains of the luggage wherever possible. These fragments were then saved in case the families ever came searching. Inevitably, some did.

It made all of the horror and tragedy not any less terrible, but additionally reached out to a level of acceptance and sadness and love.

Finally visiting the cemetery in Lockerbie kind of brought things full circle for me. We can never undo this sort of horrible circumstance. We can only remember, and vow never to forget, so that these poor souls will not have died in vain.

#250!

I am totally surprised to have reached 250 posts, already. I have a feeling it will take me much less time to reach 500!

Meanwhile, I anticipate a lot more of the same content. 

I have several posts to do yet on Wales, England, and Scotland. I also have a number of posts I may write on previous travels, both abroad and here in the U.S.

I have lots and lots of posts ahead on the genealogy findings both for my and Travel Buddy’s families. Despite the discovery of a wealth of knowledge in 2013, 2014, and 2015, I am even now still organizing that information for posting purposes.

I will be bringing back the Random Picture posts which I really like, since they allow me to share pictures I wouldn’t have an opportunity to do so, otherwise.

I also anticipate a return to a number of writing projects, and a few posts will likely emerge as I continue on that path.

Thanks to all of you sticking by me on this awesome journey. I really do appreciate you!