Friday, October 17, 2014

Haunted Scotland


With Halloween just ahead, I got to thinking about all the haunted places there appear to be here in Scotland. Castles, towers, graveyards, bridges, hotels, houses, rooms, stairwells, closes (wynds), streets, roadways,  - you can be guaranteed to run into a ghost or two anywhere. 

Glamis Castle in Angus, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother, is said to be one of the most haunted castles in Scotland. There the family chapel is haunted by a Grey Lady, who is said to be the spirit of Lady Janet Douglas, burned at the stake as a witch and also a young black boy who was badly treated haunts the door to the Queen's bedroom. 

The ghost of Castle Fraser. located in Aberdeenshire, is reportedly a murdered princess whose body was dragged down a stone staircase leaving a bloody trail behind.

Of course, Edinburgh is positively bursting with ghosts and apparitions, and the Castle on the hill is not exempt from a haunting or two.  The graveyard at GreyFriars is said to be haunted by the evil "Bluidy" Mackenzie who pursued Convenanters and tortured them. Then there's the Edinburgh Vaults, Mary King's close, Charlotte Square, Festival Theatre, the Radisson Blu Hotel, and so on and on. There are tours you can take to visit some of these locations but it's really fun and spooky to try it on your own. And no, I haven't yet!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Ideas and Links


I'm too busy to try and make anything for Halloween this year. In fact, I will be back in Ottawa just before Halloween. But for all of you who need a little push to get your own Halloween festivities started, here are a few links to online magazines that include loads of easy projects and printables for you:

Country Living
Our lady Martha
Woman's Day
Family Circle

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!


Just a wee note to say I hope you all have a glorious day and enjoy all the fixings!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Well done, Edinburgh!


The Edinburgh Doors Open event was on this past weekend and we scurried around to see inside as many buildings as possible. While the little guy and his mum went over to the Edinburgh Bus Depot to check out vintage buses at the depot and take a whirl on an old bus and then over to the Victorian Schoolhouse on Brunswick Road, I headed for George Street to enjoy a 18th century etiquette lesson at the Assembly Rooms. Mrs. Grant and the Reverend Brown were on hand to set us straight about the behaviour of the upper class in Edinburgh. Both presenters were superb and we even enjoyed a bit of audience participation! Then I dashed on to catch Riddle's Court near the Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile. This listed building is due for a complete renovation and this was the last time to see the original. 

I managed about half a dozen buildings over the two days until my feet decided to quit on me. I spent Sunday evening soothing them in an epsom salt bath.

By the way, I posting a few ideas for the Christmas holiday season over at my Recycle, eh blog. Take a look if you need some inspiration.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Christmas is a'comin' ...


Since Thanksgiving and Christmas are fast approaching (laugh all you want - both holidays creep up faster than you'd like!), I've been cruising the web looking for holiday decorating ideas. First, creating decorations that make the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas seems like a good idea and I found a few. Check them out here.



As for creating a homemade upcycled/recycled Christmas, I'm starting with with a few ideas to make an Advent Calendar with stuff (i.e., junk) that can be found around the house (not the contents just the containers - no one wants old candy unless they're Scrooge and even he reformed).  The above photo is from Saskia Rund, who has a delightful (German) foodie site. Check out some of the Advent calendar ideas here.

See you later!

Monday, September 15, 2014

What I'm up to ...

 

These days have been pretty hectic for all of us here in Edinburgh - a blur of visits to the seaside (whether permitting), side trips to London and Paris, a road tour of National Trust Heritage buildings (the countryside here is wonderful) have kept me and the little guy going from dawn to dusk. September doesn't look any less busy although now that the little guy is back at nursery we have fewer options to get out of town. Train trips to seaside villages however have been feasible in the afternoons along with visits to  the airport via the tram and exploring the out of town bus station as well as the train station have been on our to-do list. Open days is also coming up soon and I plan to see as many heritage properties as I can.

When I am able, I head out to the charity and antique shops to see if I can find any bargains and I have -  one of my best buys was a dozen first class customer token bags all still filled with their goodies and only £1each (about $2. Canadian) at a favourite charity store. Another day at yet another charity shop, I found a few lovely old vintage game boards. So that's me sorted.

The above photo, by the way is a picture of the Leith Shore. Once a thriving sea port that made Edinburgh wealthy, the old warehouses have been converted into flats and restaurants. But the pubs are still there and still thriving thanks to the tourists.

Friday, September 5, 2014

What happened to August?


Here it is September already and I'm missing home a lot. Still have a month left before I return. Meanwhile, I'm thinking about Halloween and have been posting a few more Halloween ideas at my Recycle, eh site - some of my own ideas and a few I've found online. Go here to view.