The week after the 4th of July holiday, Bunny Bravehart went to Texas, the "hill country" to be exact, to visit friends and to find a place to retire. Here are pictures from the trip. Click on an image to open it up in a viewer and to read the description.
The weather in Scotland has been warm (for them) and sunny so Mike and Elisa have been out in the garden planting flowers and getting a good dose of Vitamin D and warming their bones.
While we here in southern California are slowly cooling off after a week of 100+ temps, northern Scotland has had Summer arrive plus their own heat wave.
What is a Scottish heat wave?? That is when the temps go above 70 F. Yup, SEVENTY. We all know that over here that is a cool summer day right?
Yesterday Mike and Elisa had some errands to run and get the car inspeced so they went up to Buckie .. well, I will let Elisa tell it:
We didn't have much time. Once we had dropped the BMW off for its MOT we had the loan of a car for an hour or two. So we went down the coast to Cullen Bay.
And here's one I called 'Low flying gull'
The we drove back and went to find some fish and chips in Whitehills (a small village close to Banff). We found a wonderful newly opened restaurant http://www.thegalleywhitehills.co.uk/
As you can see from the pictures, it was a good day out.
Now, about this final picture below.
The people in Scotland KNOW that they don't get many tourists let alone other visitors in the off season. And when IS the off-season? That is from September/October (early Fall) through March/April (Spring??) and most "touristy" places have reduced hours or just close up. I have visited Mike and Elisa in September and tried to visit Fyvie Castle TWICE and both times it was closed - it was in September and we picked a day when they were closed [yes, I know we should have checked their website but back then the internet was NEW].
So, Elisa sent the picture, below, as a reminder of the strange hours kept in the wilds of Scotland.
Personally, I think it should have read:
If it is too damn cold to get here we won't open; if we can't see the sun, we won't open; if it is raining or snowing, we won't be here then either. So if YOU think it is a nice winter day.. take your chances cause we might actually be here - on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY"
Laurie lives in central Texas with Erich, a.k.a. "the shop elf", her hubby of 35+ years and Cowboy Boots, the cat; her metals studio including 100+ hammers and 300+ chasing tools; her sewing studio which has a sewing machine, a closet filled with fabric, hundreds of skeins of embroidery floss and perle cotton, silk and other materials, and Mrs. King the dress dummy; two weaving looms, assorted knitting needles, tubs of yarn; lots of books; plus a plethora of geeky tech gadgets, computers, and more.