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Photo report from vacation!

A slow start for me as I'm trying to write 2 weeks worth of reviews :D 
So today it's all about photos I took in Scotland and in Lincoln at Steampunk Festival.

We were in Dumfries and Galloway - very pictoresque part of rural lowland Scotland. Here is the house the whole family was staying in...

Beautiful views in the morning...

Isle of Whithorn where Al went sea fishing

River Bladnoch and whisky distillery right next to that bridge!

Appalling 80s book cover which I found in Wigtown - national book town of Scotland full of secondhand and rare old books.

Tiny beautiful houses in Wigtown...

Wonderfully looking library in Castle Douglas...

Playground for kids in the chocolate factory. Which one is the odd one out? ;D

The tide is out on Borgue beach...

Police station at Kirkudbright...

New Abbey (a tiny pictoresque village)

Castle Kennedy ruins & gardens
Giant rhubarb leaves!

Monkey Trees walk

Lochinch Castle built by earl of Stair when Castle Kennedy burned down in 18th century. Not accessible to general public.

We ran back to castle Kennedy when it started raining...

A chap playing pipes on the main street of Castle Douglas to pay for his lunch ;D

Getting ready to drive to Lincoln...

in town itself and roasting in the unusual heat...

Monster Hunting Kit!
These are garlic grenades in that small box...

With my precious books...

(yeah I know I was lazy, tired after a long drive, hot, and only took 2 half-assed pictures)
There were so so many awesome costumes!
This is it for today, ciao!


Hannah @ Dragons and Whimsy said...

Great pictures!! I love looking through your e-albums. ;)

Melliane said...

Oh thank you so much for sharing these pictures with us, Love them! really beautiful!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Thanks gals! I wish I had couple of days in Lincoln, I'd have had more pics. Instead we were there literally only for 2 hours before driving home.

Blodeuedd said...

WoW! That is one freaking big rhubarb!!

Petra said...

Scotland is beautiful! :) And the steampunk convention looks amazing! And the monster hunting kit with garlic grenades is just adorable! :D

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh goodness! I want to come with you next time. Pweeeez? LOL Love the pictures!! Thank you for sharing them with us.

M.A.D. said...

Thank you for sharing these absolutely beautiful pictures <3

My mother's family hailed from Scotland, and my great Aunt would only speak gaelic. Back sometime in the 50's, before I was born, my mother inherited Stuart (Steward? Stewart?) castle from this same aunt, though the back taxes were so astronomical my parents had to forfeit their claim and thus the castle became property of the state. Darn it lol

I would have LOVED to have seen my ancestors property and walk those same halls :D

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Blodeuedd, I know! It's like a pre-historic one :)

Petra, you should come one day, it's lots of fun and it's actually worth staying overnight, which I'm definitely doing next year.

Melissa, of course you can! Anytime! ;)

M.A.D., what a great story! Taxes are still astronomical on anything above 350 thousand pounds worth - you pay 40%, so this is still a very familiar situation. That's why so many old castles and mansions end up with National Trust in UK because people can't afford to inherit them.

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