Welcome to the first of my posts about my trip.
With 978 pictures to choose from, it’s the first of many. *laughs* Unfortunately, since I’d forgotten my camera, they’re all taken with my phone. We could have taken the effort to find and purchase a new camera but I had limited resources (both financially and physically, though Val did her best to help with both). I wasn’t concerned, my phone camera may not be the best, but it’s not the worst. 🙂 I think, having gone through all the pictures, that there were times when I was definitely a very poor photographer.
While the trip was difficult on me it was extremely enjoyable and I don’t regret a moment of it, or anything I’m going through now. There were times when I couldn’t stand still, or my hands wouldn’t stop shaking and the pictures are blurry and there was nothing to be done about it. So with that in mind, let’s go on.
When planning the trip, I wanted to start with a bang. I wracked my brains for the perfect thing. I was tooling around our area of Scotland (via our friend, Google) I saw a few things – Loch Lomond, Stirling, Linlithgow. Now, our plans were to do the Highland Explorer tour, (that got cancelled on us), and that covered Loch Lomond and Stirling. That left us with Linlithgow. I did some research into and – I’ll admit – somewhat reluctantly scheduled it in.
My reluctance was wholly unfounded.
Now, I need to remind you that I am a believer in past lives, in feeling history, and in the energies left by people.
Linlithgow was absolutely amazing. If you stand quietly, close your eyes and just breathe you can hear the voices of people past. You can feel their emotions and almost see the history play out.
(And HEY! On to day two of trying to write this post! My built-in keyboard crapped out yesterday and it was a frustrating piece of work trying to use the onscreen one. Eventually, I gave up. And by the time I could sit down after supper to work with my external I was out of it with pain, drugs and fatigue. Only a few pictures left.)
My battery died and I missed many pictures I could have taken, until Val gave me her spare. I missed out on photographing several amazing things. But that’s okay. I refuse to regret the things I didn’t take pictures of because being there was so intense and so gorgeous it’s difficult to regret anything. My goal for taking pictures is to be able to share the experiences, to show you the things I’ve seen in the ways I see them. My camera phone isn’t that great, overall, but it’s not that bad either, it gets across my vision more often than not.
This is a snippet of the sights I enjoyed in Linlithgow and I hope you enjoyed them too.
Now! As much as I’d also like to share the Willow Tea Rooms with you today, NaNo is in SIX DAYS and I have yet to find a plot. There’s Kris, my beloved protagonist, but that’s it. It’s going to be something about animal conservation, biker dudes, wolves (of course) and maybe a woman. That’s all I know.
Have a great day! Maybe the Willow Tea Rooms tomorrow, we’ll see. The ‘rents are coming for a visit tomorrow. I’m pleased about that.