Its been a long time since I posted about my first day in Scotland this past March... and I do apologize! Moving and deadlines took away from my "fun" time! I've missed History Undressed, and now that we're all moved in and mostly unpacked, I couldn't wait to get back and share with you the rest of my trip to Scotland! In case you missed it, or just want a refresher, I posted about my first day here.
After sleeping half the day away, we woke up to this... The view from our little cottage window in Inverness. Amazing! Picturesque!
More lovely landscape. Just below those mountains is water.
I love nature and the of it in simplicity. I took a lot of pictures of trees, landscapes, etc... because they help me to get the details right in books, but also provide me with a feel for the land, so when I'm writing, I can actually picture myself there. Plus, I just think its beautiful. Below are some pictures of woods near Kilvarock Castle, which we couldn't find!! We drove up and down the road and I think it must have been gated off. In early March a lot of the castles were closed. But it was still a win for me. We pulled over so I could take some shots of the woods.
|Looks dark and mysterious. I could totally imagine one of my Highlanders suddenly appearing from within the depths of shadows, or perhaps one of my heroines slipping unseen behind a tree trunk.|
|Love the lychen and moss on trees, so rustic and beautiful.|
|Brambles over a small hump in the ground that led into the woods.|
|Look at that! Isn't it just gorgeous and majestic?|
|Our car parked beside the woods :)|
|I stepped into the woods to get a better look around.|
|Me in the woods!|
|Sign out front :)|
|A look at the castle from the main drive.|
|A pictish stone just outside the castle.|
|View of the castle. Isn't it beautiful?|
|An arrow slit window. I could imagine a warrior standing behind the wall, his bow notched and ready to fire.|
|This is me beside a tree in the gardens. I couldn't get over how huge it was!|
|A closer look at the top of the castle. I love all the stone work, see the little fleur-de-lis at the top of each window?|
|Loved this! And so many one-liners came to mind...|
|A view from the side of the castle.|
|More stone work. It always amazes me how well castles and buildings were built, and that they still stand strong hundreds of years later.|
|A building behind the castle. It wasn't labeled, so we imagined at one time it could have been a stables or servants quarters.|
|A pretty windmill on top of the castle -- it was situated on a tiny stone tower.|
I hope you enjoyed this post on part of my second day in Scotland! I'll be posting the second part of day two on Friday!
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Laird Brandon Sinclair has given his life to the Scottish cause. Swearing fealty to Robert the Bruce, he will stop at nothing to see oppression end.
Lady Mariana wants nothing more than to break free of the tyrannical hold the English king has on her. When he sends her to Scotland with a message for the rebels, instead of obeying his orders, she finds herself submitting to her desires. After one sizzling, life-altering night, Brandon and Mariana must part ways. But Mariana has no intention of betraying her heart again.
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