Monthly Archives: March 2006

Inverness to Edinburgh (Days 3 & 4)


Snowdrops!!! The germans laughed at me because I was so fascinated by them and took so many photos.

Edinburgh by night.
Breakfast at Plaisir du Chocolat. Yum yum…

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Skye (Day Two)

Hahahahaa did I frighten you? This is what my hair looks like in most of the photos. So you won’t see me in many. Told you it was bad.
“Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing,
Onward, the sailors cry.
Carry the lad that’s born to be king
Over the sea to Skye.”

The Institution of the Victoria Sponge Cake.

We take pictures besides streams because we are genetically programmed to do so.
A natural rock harbour the Vikings used, now abandoned.


Does this cave look ominous to you? Because it should. It was a cell and a torture chamber built for a man who tried to assasinate his cousin (who owned this castle). Read more about it on

Grace the Adventurer!!!! haha.

Wandering into fairyland
In natural habitat.
What lies beyond this fairy glen?


A fairy ring. No photoshopping here.

To Cair Paravel to see the King!!!

On top of the world.

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Tim’s favourite pose.

In this post you will witness multiple versions of Tim’s favourite “Be Freeeee” pose against various scenic backdrops. Enjoy.

(*giggle* He’s so gonna kill me. =P)




The hills are alive…

Mainland chinese love it too!


(I love you babyyy!!! Please don’t kill me! =P)


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Highlander (Day One)

Rapunzel’s Tower!!!!! I wish. It’s a memorial to William Wallace aka Mel Gibson. Freeeeeeeeedommmmmmmmmm!!!! Braveheart rocks. Modern warfare is so not cool.

Feeding the prehistoric cow-thing Hamish.

Feeding the… =P

Random gorgeous loch. It’s hard to take a bad photo out here. Note “sakura” trees.

Spot the sign lurking on the right! haha

I just had to have my nice hair fix. You’ll see why in the next post.

In the end there can be only one…

But two’s always better!

In a dream that stretches into eternity, Eilean Donan Castle.

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Picture books rock.

As you all know, i’m full of obsessions. Currently, (because scotland has reminded me about my love for myth & legend) I’m on a rampage for the best illustrated story books. I have some at home already due to a prior rampage, but it has started anew. My favourite illustrators are Alan Lee, PJ Lynch, Arthur Rackham, Trina Schart Hyman, Brian Froud, Cicely Mary Barker….

PJ Lynch totally rocks. He’s won the Kate Greenaway twice, for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and When Jessie Came Across the Sea, of which the latter is one of my favourite illustrated books of all time. My other favourite is “Anna Banana and Me”. I read it when I was a wee tot and it’s still in print can you believe it?

Currently lemming “Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad”, illustrated by PJ Lynch and “The Wanderings of Odysseus” which are companion books. The former cinched the Kate Greenaway. *grin* I can so imagine myself reading these to my kids under fluffy egyptian cotton duvets. heehee. I just had to add the egyptian cotton thing. =P

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Oh my! I was reading the reviews on amazon for the latest 25th anniversary edition of Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee (art director for LOTR) and had a startling, albeit minor revelation- I have somehow subconciously connected the victorian illustrator Arthur Rackham and the word “rakish” so that I believe that adjective to describe the physical appearance of one of his fey creatures; tousled, windblown, roguishly jaunty. I looked “rakish” up in a dictionary and found out that the word has nautical origins. It probably came from “rake” which refers to the masts of pirate ships. Which strangely, makes a bit of sense to me since pirates and sailors probably did look “rakish” (in my mind’s eye) what with their windblown hair and all. So maybe the word rakish just exudes that aura??? hahaha bet you have no idea what I’m on about.

That’s what comes with not reading the dictionary and just assuming things. Overtime, perhaps misconceptions become the norm and so semantics change as well. Language is dynamic, that’s what I always say. Singlish may be “bad english” but then english was HORRIBLE latin, so what’s the fuss?

Enjoy it mate.

Also, I want to go to ORKNEYYYYY. =)
It sounds so cool. They have so many legends and things…maybe one of the last places in the world where the last vestiges of magic still smudge the landscape. Scotland is awesome. There’s this wild, desolate, haunting beauty that pervades it. And Edinburgh is eerie, in a cool way. hahaha. Very dickensian. (The hot chocolate in Plaisir du Chocolat is yummilicious too!!!! MMMmm.)

OH! Do you know that Southampton is famous for something other than launching the Titanic? It’s also got the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the UK, and since the UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe, that’s quite something. It’s quite understandable though, since there’s really nothing better to do here. har har.


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back again.

I absolutely loved Scotland. It was amazing…words cannot describe it. Coming back felt like such a let-down- I feel as though I’ve been gone for such a long time although it’s only been four-ish days? Those hills seem a lifetime away now. *sigh* Thanks to everyone who made it possible, Alex and Sha, GJ for putting us up, you guys made it great. =)

Pictures soon.

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