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HIghlands of Scotland part 0.5

Whoops since going through my photos it turn out I missed out a whole heap of our trip. Well at least two main things anyway.
Before heading to John O’Groats we stopped at Culloden Battle field just out of Inverness. We walked around the battle field looking at the flags showing where each side had lined up (and noticed how well back the leaders both were), it was windy and cold and the ground was wet and boggy. It must have been hard work just to move towards each other without getting their feet stuck. A very sad place, lots of markers showing where the clans were buried.


The other part I forgot was the visit to Robbie’s family castle. Though its not entirely sure that it once was owned by the MacKays but there is a story that goes with it about him hiding in a cave nearby.The Castle Either way we walked up and had a look, giving Robbie lots of shit for his tiny falling down Castle, not minding that the non of the rest of us had one at all, details details.

In the Castle

Plus it had a really cool view.


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Painted in Blue part -1

Pete looked at his phone, ten minutes until it was time to met them. He had already checked out the spot where they were going to meet, looking for multiple escape routes and where they were likely to hide extra men. Pete knew what they wanted but he also knew what he wanted, freedom for himself and his sister and wasn’t going to give in until he had it.
Taking a deep breath, in and out, trying to slow his mind down. He had something they wanted, they had something he wanted should be an easy trade he thought, knowing full well it wont be. He thought back to when his parents were alive and he and his sister knew nothing of this nightmare, and nightmare it was . A secret so tantalising they would do anything to find it. That was what Pete had, knowledge and a small family heirloom that put some of the pieces together. But not all the pieces, that was the problem Pete knew that they would think he was holding something back and would never leave him alone. His Great Grandfather was a wealthy man and was planning to leave all his money to his children. But somehow he got this idea into his head that someone was out to get it so he hid it all, leaving instead to each of his 4 children a clue and a family heirloom as to where to find his fortune. Two generations on and still no one had worked it out and most of the family decided that he had lost most of it somehow before he died and hadn’t changed his will. Apart from his two Uncles, Sam and Joe, who had instead decided that everyone was hiding something from each other and if they only put all the clues together at once the puzzle would be solved. Unfortunately they weren’t very nice people and greed was getting the better of them. They had stolen two of the pieces and taken by force one more. Pete now had the only one remaining, which his parents had left him after their fatal car crash, the only instructions they left, do not let Sam and Joe get it. Pete was certain there was more they had meant to tell him but they never got their chance.

Pete took one last deep breath and walked calmly across the clearing. Hello Uncle Sam, Uncle Jo he said, his voice not giving away how nervous he felt. What can I do for you today?

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Making stuff is fun. Penguin.

Not having a TV and being a fidgety person means I have some evenings with way too much time on my hands so I started making stuff for family. Having wandered through Cath’s Kitchen and seen a book on sewing and crafts I thought I could do that, only better. So off I went to the cute little haberdashery shop (I love the word haberdashery and am using it as much as I can) call ‘darn it and stitch’ and came back with lots of felt and other sewing goodies.
My favourite purchase was thisLots of threads
Which although you can’t see it very well is mending thread pack, which is I think 25 different colours woven together so you can pull out the colour of choice easily and its in the perfect length for hand stitching, perfect for crafts where many colours are needed and much cheaper than buying lots of cotton reels.

Once home again I started by making a list of what I wanted to make for each person trying to have it personal for them. Next I drew a picture of what I wanted the finished object to look like, front and back and labelled colours. Having done that I looked at all the different parts and what colours they were and turned them into pattern pieces by drawing each bit individually then cutting out and checking size. Once I was happy I pinned all the pieces onto the felt.

making sure each piece was labelled with the person it was for name on it so I wouldn’t get confused later (I also used different colour pins for each)

Then it was time to cut and figure out how to put the layers together I started out with the penguin for my sister because it required simply layering to piece together. first pinning the piece into place so it didn’t move as I sewed. then using small neat stitches just inside the white circle. Keeping the back as neat as the front.

then adding the eyes, two white semi circles with a small dot of black all carefully stitched on using tiny stitches. I used the scraps for the eyes as they hardly require any material.

Then I added the beak, a yellow triangle sewn just along the top so it is like a flat. I used a bit of extra cotton to make a loop up so that it can be hung, theoretically from a Christmas tree.
Then I got the back piece, same as the front but without the stomach, eyes and beak added and stitched her name using back stitch, I find it easy to do without a guide by you could use tailors chalk to mark it out first, or in pen on the back (which I used when embroidering stars)

Next step sew front and back together making sure they thread for hanging is at the top.


I love technology

I love that I can skype call my Mum, Dad and Siblings who are on the other side of the world, talk to and see them for over an hour and pay nothing for it.

I love that while talking to them I can tell them my address and they can use google maps to find it, and see what parks and things are nearby. Then use street maps to get a picture of my house and the houses on my streets.

I love that I can upload my digital photos onto facebook, add captions and tag people in them. Then friends and family back home can see the places I have been.

I love that I can send a link to my blog and my friends and family can hear about some of the things I have been up to.

I love that I can use skype, google talk, msn, etc to keep in touch with people. Help out friends/sisters with dramas from my bed in a completely different time-zone, with people who are scattered all over the world.

I love that what ever city in the world I am going to I can go to and find a group of people to hang out with for a while.

And there is sooo much more.

My Mum went to America when she was 18 and kept in touch with letters (that took ages to get home) and phone calls that cost a lot of money (so she came up with some creative ways of getting around that).

Travelling these days is so different. In some ways its so much easier, you can keep in touch with people back home and you can meet up with people from your country almost where ever you go.

Is this better?? or does it take away from the whole experience??