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Browsing Posts published in August, 2012

It was one year ago that my Dad (Floyd Martindale, Sr.) went to be with Mama (Mary Martindale). He would have loved seeing Ireland – the rolling green hills, the farms, the farm machinery, seeing me sheer the sheep, and just talking with the locals. We miss you, Dad.

Today we are to leave Edinburgh on a noon flight to Newark. I shower, dress, and finish packing while Scott showers. I am thinking we are ahead of schedule. Scott goes to take his medication and asks where I put them … I inadvertently took his Edarbi instead of my Metformin. Edarbi is a new […]

The plan for today is a bus tour and walking tour of Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle. We meet our local guide, Anne, who will show us around Edinburgh. She points out many buildings and places of interest. We go on to Edinburgh Castle and hear it’s story. The views from the castle are beautiful as […]

Our hotel in Edinburgh is the Apex European. There is no air conditioning but we have a fan, a safe that is broken, twin beds which need new mattresses, and a great walk in shower. (We have had several hotel rooms with thin high tubs which you had to step up into for a shower.) […]

Our lunch stop today is at St. Andrews Golf Course. We have all watched the British Open, the Senior British Open, and more being played at the St. Andrews Golf Course. We all have golfers in our family or friends who will be envious of our visit. Peter asks us how many holes of golf […]

It is Monday. We are leaving the Highlands and heading to Blair Castle. As it is an optional, Scott and I and four other couples have opted to walk around the village of Pitlochry. Pitlochry is like many Scottish villages with a main street of shops, pubs, cafes, banks, and hotels. We wonder among the […]

Tonight we toast the three couples who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Best wishes to: Richard & Diane of Newbury Park, CA Lamar & Ellen of Louisville, KY Bill & Dot of Nacogdoches, TX And Happy 25th to Larry & Mary from Penticton, British Columbia. Congratulations!!!!

Today we are going to explore the Scottish Highlands. Our first stop is Culloden Battlefield. It was the scene of the last major battle fought on British soil. There was a hut with a thatched roof. We are able to walk inside and see how a thatched roof is made. It is a support of […]

Tonight is the “Highlands Dinner”. Let’s talk about our hotel first. It is a old hotel. Our key is a “church key”. We have three single beds – all needing new mattresses but then so far most hotels have needed new mattresses. We have both a shower and a tub but getting the shower to […]

One of the optional trips is tonight’s sheep dog demonstration. We are taken to a local farm about 15 minutes from our hotel. We meet Neil, the Shepard, who bring in eight sheep and about ten sheep dogs. Each dog reacts to their own whistle and/or call. Amazingly Neil puts the dogs through a series […]