Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The best laid plans...

....of mice and men (and even bloggers!) ....yeah, they sure do go awry. 

So, the reason for my absence was the fact that I was on holiday. Since I was only going back home to Scotland I figured that I could just update my blog while I was there....seems perfectly feasible, wouldn't you think? Except for the fact the internet connection was intermittent at best, and when I did manage to get a connection, Blogger decided that it didn't like my password and wouldn't let me reset it with a new one! Arghhh!!!

Anyhoo, had a great holiday, arrived back home to the US safe and sound although a LOT later than planned. Ah, the joys of air travel!

So where are all the holiday pics, you ask? Well, I had intended boring you with them all posting them only to find that my daughter had snaffled one of the camera discs.....so, the best ones are yet to come!

Maybe you should go and stick the kettle on for a cuppa, to make sure you can survive all the holiday snaps!!!

So here we go...

This is Eirinn at the national Monument in Edinburgh....note the blue skies....not often seen in Scotland!!! :)

Nelson monument in Edinburgh....still blue skies!

A rather self-conscious me at the cliffs at Arbroath ( I hate getting my picture taken!) - note the colour of the sky!!

A spectacular view form the cliffs at Arbroath.

Eirinn at the Falls at Killin....skies not quite so blue....but not raining either, so that was good! :)

Killin again. Note the storm cloud making it's appearance....yeah, that's more like Scotland!

Scone Palace, Perthshire - the crowning site of the Kings of Scotland. (And the usual drab skies of Scotland)

And Eirinn's favourite....a Highland cow, aka heilan' coo!  When asked to describe her hair colour she always responds 'heilan' coo colour' and this pics proves she's right!!! Gotta love my daughter!!!

So while being a tourist in my own country and doing all the 'touristy' things, I was rather surprised to see that many shops were selling Scottish themed cross stitch kits. Of course, when  Eirinn saw a highland cow cross stitch bookmark, I just had to splurge and buy it...... and splurge it was....£7.99 for a bookmark!! I nearly had a heart attack at the price (have I been in the States too long?) Luckily for me, I had picked up a kit without a price on it and when I went to pay, the guy at the checkout looked for the price sticker, shrugged his shoulders (guess they were too busy for a price check to be done) and charged me £3.99 ....that's a price I like! So here's my next project...

...isn't that cute?!!! Can't wait to get started.

While I was away, I was the lucky winner of a few giveaways!  Since I don't have my camera  at the moment (thanks Eirinn!), I'll have to keep that news for another post so I can show you all the goodies.

Now I'm off to make a cuppa for myself and see if I can catch up with all my blog reading!

Until next time...happy stitching!



Helen said...

Glad you got to enjoy some of the awesome summer weather we had here in Scotland, the past three days of glowering grey skies & intermittent showers have been much more like a Highland summer ;-) Great photos, what a bargain on the bookmark kit! I stitched that one some years back as a gift for a cousin who adores heilan' coos, yes, things like that have gotten pretty pricey here :/ Happy stitching! Helen

cucki said...

Sweet picture and very pretty kit.
Happy stitching x

Lija Broka said...

Wow! I didn't realise you are from Scotland ... I should probably get a pad and pen out and jot all those places down. My trips to Scotland tend to be a bit monotonous. Though I've been to see the panda bears for the first time recently. Tian Tian might be pregnant. I do love the quote 'the best laid plans of mice and men' ... have been using quite a lot recently. Read both the book and the poem.

Mii Stitch said...

So nice of you to be able to go back home!! You had the best weather ever too!!! It's all gone now :D
Lovely post with great pictures :)

Mouse said...

ooooooooooooooooo blue skies in Scotland ... it did that for me when I went up the other year ... glad you had a fab time , gorgeous photos and love your bargain ... and Eirinn is spot on with her hair colour ..lol .
and you have been over there to long miss's with the price moan hehehehe
looking forward to seeing some more photos :) love mouse xxxxxxx

Valma said...

Ho my ! I miss Scotland so much....with these pictures it surely won't be better =)
Each time we went to Scotland we had a good weather =)
rain is a myth like in Bretagne here =D
I love the Trossachs ! Loch Lomond and Killin of course
that's so super you went there and had such a good time
enjoy your bookmark =)
(about 8€..that's the price here =D)
big hugs

SoCal Debbie said...

Welcome back from your wonderful vacation! Thanks for sharing the pictures and it's great that the blue skies were there just for you! What a perfect bookmark and the cow really does match your daughter's hair!

RuthB said...

Welcome home -- thanks for sharing the pictures of your beautiful holiday. I love the bookmark!!! It will bring smiles of memory and giggles for years to come.

Jenni Mills said...

Yeah I was a bit shocked at the kit prices too. They aren't much better here though in Aussie. We had blue skies while in Scotland (only there two days though. I love the heiln coo pic. Welcome back.

The Merry Stitcher said...

It's gorgeous in Scotland! Lucky girl! Love the pictures <3 thanks for sharing :)

♥ Nia said...

So many pretty pictures! Thanks for sharing with us :)
Love the hair color definition ;) Lol
Really cute Bookmark, I've seen your start on another post but now I know it has a special meaning :D

Stitching Noni said...

Love the holiday pics! It's lovely to be able to go back home and be a tourist... I loved touring around Scotland. One day I will go back and see more! Love the highland cow bookmark - such a great momento :)