A visit to Scotland is not complete without a visit to the Loch and I finally got to see Loch Lomond, where we were lucky enough that the sun shone for us.
Mum told me how Grandpa use to take them on picnics here (somewhere over on the left)
I am more of a photographer than an artist as you can see, but we had our watercolours with us for the occasion, practice makes perfect.
As we were drawing a lady came over and said her little boy enjoys doing watercolour drawing and asked to see our pictures. I have a bad feeling he is a 9 year old child genius whose pictures sell for 1000's of pounds, but we showed them and he seemed please.
And that brings an end to the Scotland photos! Til' next time...
Some of the sights to be found in and around Glasgow. Note the middle picture, it is a replica of the house that designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh use to live in (the inside is a replica to!) Bottom middle and middle right photos are from the Rennie Mackintosh inspired tea rooms. Definite recommendations if you are visiting Glasgow.
The Tardis (of which there are 2 in glasgow!) and our lovely hotel The Kelvin. It is a family run hotel, very nice, friendly and clean - our room was great. It is about 3 mins walk from the Botanic Gardens and would recommend.
It rained pretty much every day we were in Glasgow except for penultimate day when we visited Loch Lommond. On the way back to the hotel, I decided to make the most of the (rare) blue skies and got lots of photos of the city which is when most of these were taken.
Glasgow is definitely an interesting place to visit, especially if you like art and flowers, but I think it is best observed on a short break or weekend visit - I am not sure there is enough to do otherwise.
Its hard to know which flowers to show you, I just love them all.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Glasgow are free and an amazing find, well worth a visit. Especially to see the Begonias and Orchids. (I didn't even know what they were before, so its educational as well as pretty) and there is also a police box (think Tardis) camouflaged by its perimeter fence. What more could a girl want?
By the time I came into the world, my Mum had been already been around for 38 years. One great sadness is that she sadly lost her mother, 'Granny Jean' 10 years previous to my arrival so I never got a chance to meet her, and her father 'Grandpa' died when I was about 7, so I didn't know him very well either.
One of the great things about this trip we had to Scotland to see cousin Marion and Auntie Margaret was that it brought Granny Jean and Grandpa alive for me. They sound like exceptional people and their memories live on in the stories these ladies tell. I'd like to be that kind of person - the kind that people remember so fondly 40 years after I have gone.
(The moral of the story is value your grandparents and the stories they tell!)
Mum, her sister Auntie Margaret, and Margaret's daughter, granddaughter and greatgrandson.
It rained. Oh, how it rained. Thankfully it didn't dampen our spirits, only our clothes.
And just to emphasise the rain...