and so we've come to he place I was waiting for most...
we're in scotland now and it is just as i hoped it would- so many things i've been wanting to see, and now to finally see them in their right and natural place
they call it provenance... the truth of where a thing originates
a beautifully situated city, the river running through it, hills in the distance
to see the castle, with the scottish flag flying straight and true was a grand thing
today we went to culloden battlefield
to see the clan stones, and walk the moor, and imagine what it takes to fight for what you believe in, dream of, and to wonder what we are doing now, that people might care about in 250 years' time
it took a long time, almost the whole of the battlefield, but i finally found one last, lone thistle blooming
even though all the rest of the plant was long dead, this one tiny, sturdy flower was brilliant in it's bloom
i was so happy to find it - it seemed sad to me that i could come all this way and not see a thistle... thankfully shortbread isn't a seasonal thing...
this trip has been so wonderful in so many ways, on so many levels...
the food has been fabulous - from the mushy peas, to the fish and chips, cakes, yorkshire pudding, and b&b breakfasts, we have enjoyed it all - except marc ate haggis - ick
travelling by train has been brilliant - sitting back, sipping on hot chocolate, and enjoying the countryside
but the best part, by far, is the wonderful understanding that has come from seeing the place that shaped my grand-patents... so many things, from what they wore, to how they talked, to what they ate; how they lived, really - it all came from here
it's like finding them again...
a ways back, right before i left i announced a wish list give away for those who commented before my feet landed on english soil
the winners are lynne and deanna - so please send me your addresses and i'll do my best to get your parcels sent by royal mail!