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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 07:02pm on 26/08/2005 under
These are the last of my scenic pictures from my trip to Skye - although I have some cat pics for another day.

I am doing this to keep my mind occupied, because if all is going according to plan, Daughter-dear is currently on a flight between Perth and Dubai - so I am worrying about her. As long as all is going well, she gets into Gatwick mid-morning tomorrow, has to wait there for hours, and gets the evening flight home, so we'll see her tomorrow about 8.45pm. I will be very, very glad to see her back on home soil!

Remember the get-your-own-ticket folk museum? Well the centre of it is this preserved ‘black house’ – the typical home of a nineteenth century island family.

Black house

This second picture is the view from the old road between Sconser and Luib – the Mountains are the Red Cuillins, and in the foreground is a salmon farm.

From Sconser to Luib

The weather a lot of the time was ’variable’ – and so the main feature of a lot of these pictures is sky!

When we crossed on that tiny ferry to Glenelg we went to see a stone-age building – a broch. They are thought to have been built for defence by large family groups – and the walls are still in amazing condition. Imagine any recently built buildings lasting over 2,000 years!

Broch at Glenelg

This is a view of Loch Duich – on the mainland – taken from the road between Glenelg and Shiel Bridge on that same trip. We looped around the loch and up to Kyle of Lochalsh where we returned to Skye via the bridge. As you can see, this picture is also doing service as an icon.

Loch Duich

And on my last full day at Skye we went over more mountains to a village called Elgol. This is the view across Loch Scavaig, there is the merest hint of a rainbow there if you look hard!


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posted by [personal profile] quinara at 06:50pm on 26/08/2005
I love the photo you have as an icon - the clouds are so moody, and it feels as though the whole photo should burst into movement of a sped-up day, for some reason.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:52pm on 26/08/2005
Yes - I can see what you mean!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:06pm on 26/08/2005
These are breathtakingly beautiful! I want to go visit Skye immediately! Hope you had a wonderful trip.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:10pm on 26/08/2005
Thank you - I did. It is a very photogenic place, and really quiet - total silence at night - wonderful!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:11pm on 26/08/2005
These pictures are so beautiful. I think I'll be adding another place on my list of places to see before I die! :)
posted by [identity profile] at 07:30pm on 26/08/2005
If you ever do get to scotland I would totally reccommend the train journey from Glasgow to Mallaig, and the ferry from there to Skye. THe train is totally not luxurious - but the scenery is amazing.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:21pm on 26/08/2005
The black house and the broch are both very cool. They inspire in me an urge to read (not write, because the required research would then feel like working!) historical fics so that I can find out more about what it would be like to live in a setting like that. Thanks for sharing them.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:35pm on 26/08/2005
I'm sure there are suitable fics - but I can't think of any at the moment!

Glad the pics inspire you.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:30pm on 26/08/2005
Wonderful again, thanks for sharing. What I really like about that part of the world is that you can see the seasons; so in your photos the colours are so vivid: blues, greens and the purple of the heather.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:36pm on 26/08/2005
Yes - although sometimes it feels as if you can see all the seasons within 24 hours! It's a good year for heather - ours at home here is beautiful as well just now.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:33pm on 26/08/2005
Those stone walls are very well preserved but I have to admit that house looks like it would be seriously chilly in the Winter. Again I am in admiration of those soft grey skies that make the sky and the land look like they are coming together. Thanks again for sharing.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:38pm on 26/08/2005
I forgot to point out that the further end of the house is where the animals lived - the nearer door opened into the family's area. It was dark and smoky - and I think you'd need to be well wrapped up all winter, for sure!
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posted by [identity profile] at 08:21pm on 26/08/2005
Gorgeous! I love the photos of the museum.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:36pm on 26/08/2005
There was also a pot-still in a wee bothy at the museum - where they had brewed illicit whisky in the past - but it wouldn't have photographed well, so I didn't even try!
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posted by [identity profile] at 09:37pm on 26/08/2005
Feel free to copy! I'll maybe put one up on the wall - if I can find room.
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posted by [identity profile] at 09:21pm on 26/08/2005
No way bored yet; it just keeps getting better and better!

thank you very, very, much.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:38pm on 26/08/2005
This is about the end of the scenery ones now - I looked more than I photographed - but D's cats are pretty cute as well.
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posted by [identity profile] at 09:39pm on 26/08/2005
Thank you.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:29pm on 26/08/2005
Loch Duich is stunning. That photo could almost be a postcard.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:43am on 27/08/2005
Thank you - I think it might be quite hard to take a bad picture when confronted with a view like that!!
posted by [identity profile] at 12:51pm on 27/08/2005
You'd be suprised.
posted by [identity profile] at 12:20am on 27/08/2005
I love this kind of landscape - gentle colors and rolling shapes, yet somehow forbidding as well (sounds very Scottish to me, based on my Scots relatives :).

You've taken some very beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing them. It makes for a little instant travel for those of us who have had to stay home.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:45am on 27/08/2005
Thank you - some of the shapes are less rolling when you get close up - the Black Cuillins apparently have some of the narrowest, spikiest ridges in the world of climbing. but I made a point(!) of not getting anywhere near them!! Climbing is not my thing.
posted by [identity profile] at 02:30am on 27/08/2005
"Are we bored, yet?"

Nope, don't think so! And you seem to have found places to go that I don't remember, though that might be because my big sis was mostly dragging me up hills rather than round museums or brochs.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:47am on 27/08/2005
I like museums, and my friend likes all the art/pottery/jewellery galleries - so I'm afraid all the going up hills was done by road!
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posted by [personal profile] jerusha at 02:44am on 27/08/2005
Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

And I'll be keeping your daughter in my prayers for a safe trip home.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:49am on 27/08/2005
Thank you - she left Perth safely (wonders of e-mail - message from F-i-L when I got up this morning) - she is somewhere over Europe at the moment. Knowing she is in your prayers as well as mine is a help to this aerophobic Mum!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:13am on 27/08/2005
I loved the pictures. I will have to look up all ones that I missed.

As for your worries about your daughter's long trip home, I quite understand. I'm sure she will soon, but not soon enough for you not to worry, be home safe and sound in the bosom of her family.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:51am on 27/08/2005
Thank you - on three of the earlier ones the sun was actually bright and shiny - although the clouds make the pictures on some of these I think!

Daughter currently on middle-leg of journey - somewhere over Europe - she gets into London Gatwick in about an hour - then she's nearly here.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:26am on 27/08/2005
This is a view of Loch Duich

What an amazing picture - I could sit and stare at it for hours.

Glad to hear D-d is on her way home - I was wondering just a couple of days ago when she was coming back and whether she was having to make the journey on her own.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:38pm on 27/08/2005
Thank you so much - I'm rather pleased with that one!

D-d has rung to say that she is at Gatwick, so nearly home now.


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