Hubby and I treated ourselves to membership of Historic Scotland, so we are determined that when we go away anywhere for the day, we
will visit a nearby historic property.
We went to Dumfries on Saturday and then visited
Caerlaverock Castle just south the town on the River Nith off the Solway
Firth.It really is a beautiful and
imposing medieval castle which you can read all about here.It was owned and built by the Maxwell family.
It has a moat around it and the gatehouse range is extremely
imposing.Inside are the usual spiral
staircases and impressive stonework.Being in the border country meant that the castle saw a lot of activity
during the wars between Scotland and England.
I really liked this decorated facade which is called the
Nithsdale Lodgings, built in 1634 by Robert First Earl of Nithsdale - to
impress, rather than for defence.
On Saturday when we visited, all that could be heard was the
calls of swallows as they soared and swooped around us - such beautiful birds,
although they were too fast for me to get a photo!
If you are ever in the area, then a visit to Caerlaverock
Castle is well worth while.
I found this lovely embroidered tray cloth in a charity shop
recently. To be honest, I found it a few weeks ago, but somehow, it always ended up at the bottom of the ironing pile! Now, how did that happen?!
Beautiful sewn - the colours are still so bright.
I'm finding it more and more difficult to find pretty things
at charity shops, perhaps people are a bit more careful what they give away
I picked up a brochure yesterday - it is called Welcome to Scotland.However, I was shocked to discover that on
the main map of central and southern Scotland - Greenock is not there!
The port of Greenock will welcome at least forty cruise
ships this year bringing over 100,000 passengers and crew from all around the
world.Many will probably pick up this
booklet at some point on their visit to Scotland, good luck to them if they try
to find the port which welcomed them!Greenock has truly disappeared off the map!
Port Glasgow which is home to the beautiful Newark Castle is
This is the year of Homecoming Scotland, which will attract
many descendents of the Scottish Diaspora back to their ancestral homeland,
anyone picking up this booklet will have a problem with the map if they try to
find the place that thousands of families sailed from to start new lives
Ok - here's my map - here's where to find Greenock and Port
Glasgow where you are sure of a wonderful welcome!
This unusual shaped dish is in the Queen Ann pattern by
Can I share a secret ... there's something I really don't
like about this dish.
I bought it for a few pounds about 25 years ago when I got
my first Welsh dresser and for a while it took pride of place on it.But ... eventually it ended up in a drawer
because I grew to dislike it.I have
another plate in the same pattern which I like a lot!Very strange, because this one has all the
right ingredients to be something that I should love - vintage, lovely sort of
cross stitch pattern, floral, beautiful colours - and yet ....!
Do you have anything that you don't really like but don't