I am now presenting the last guest photo blogger in my summer series. It is a pleasure to introduce Joyce.
I have known Joyce a few years. Once again, it was the internet that brought us together. Chance has been kind with me by allowing me to become friends with this gentle and good-humored lady.
Several years ago, I was a participant in an expat chat room. I first crossed paths with her French daughter in-law. This led me eventually to peek at Joyce’s astrology blog and I have been coming since. We have been following each other’s blogs. We met each other twice, in Paris and in Amiens, for the greatest pleasure for Joyce and I and our families that were present.
Joyce’s son, daughter-in-law and her granddaughter live in Scotland. This has made for many a family trip and of course, gorgeous photo opportunities. I would just love to visit Scotland one day! My Celtic roots are calling me to experience Ireland and Scotland. I am already very touched by these beautiful Scottish scenes that Joyce has so lovingly photographed.
Here is Joyce:
A Taste of Scotland
I take holidays travelling in my motor caravan, along with husband and dog, and one place we’ve visited several times now is Scotland. There’s a lot to see – coast and mountains, rugged spaces empty of human life but with plenty of wild life and, of course, the islands.
This trip started on the mainland, on the way to get the ferry which would take us to the islands of the Outer Hebrides. An overnight stop just north of Glasgow found us at the southernmost tip of Loch Lomond. By sheer luck we were at the right place at the right time, just as the sun was going down, the colours of the fading light were reflected on the still water of the loch and the hills were different shades of blue.
Once on the Outer Hebrides, a chain of islands off the west coast, we travelled from the southern to northern tip, visiting all of them along the way. Some are accessible via a connecting causeway; for others you have to take another ferry. The people are friendly and retain many of their traditional crafts, but they depend largely on being self-sufficient and on the supplementary income that tourism brings.
South Uist Old graveyard photo
The island of South Uist has a ridge of mountains. The remote houses and farming crofts are surrounded by grazing fields edged with dry stone walls. This graveyard has some old headstones, like this one with a Celtic cross.
Traditional Croft, South Uist.
Traditional farmer’s crofting cottages, like this one, are often seen. Made of stone, their walls are thick to keep in the heat, and the roof is a mixture of thatch and vegetation. What fascinated me were the huge stones hanging along the edge of the thatch to keep it in place, like a giant hairnet. And believe me, they are needed! The winds and gale force storms which hit the islands in the winter months, and come straight off the North Atlantic, are not to be argued with. Even in June, when I’ve been there, it can be hard to stand up straight if it’s windy.
So why are these islands so fascinating? What draws me there? What is the attraction? For me it’s the very remoteness of the place, the seabirds, the wildlife, sighting dolphins, nature surviving against quite demanding odds, and of course, the scenery.
Cnip beach, Lewis photo
You’d be forgiven for thinking, at a glance, that this was a south sea beach until you noticed there were no palm trees. But this is typical of the fantastic beaches and turquoise seas of the islands. This one is at Cnip (you pronounce the “C”) on the island of Lewis, which is the northernmost island in the chain. We stayed right by this beach, yards away from it on the grass, and as you can see, it was a stunning place to be.
Wow… I am almost speechless. I love your pictures, Joyce. Thank you so much for taking the time to share!
Please enjoy these pictures. I will be back Wednesday for my photo gift for you all, my guest photo bloggers and kind commenters.
It has been a marvelous experience! For what we did not have in quantity, we made up for in quality. You cannot imagine how much I appreciated your participation.
Have a great day and see you very soon.