In more ways than one.

It's been a funny summer - borderline depressed, full of bleh and can't-be-botheredness -- most uncharacteristic and not at all enjoyable :-( Side effect has been fannish activity being at an all-time low until the jd-ficathon sparked my interest - I very much enjoyed betaing all the fics that came my way and it's kinda got me revisiting the WIP file again :-)

I'm also back from my trip to Seattle. Seattle, how I love thee! I had a ball, staying with [personal profile] feather, seeing [personal profile] starglyph, [personal profile] perclexed and [personal profile] myldchilee again :-) I'm just sad that my timing sucked to the extent that [personal profile] princessofgeeks couldn't make it over to meet with us. Another year, though!

So, a resume of the trip, with some pics )

Hmmm. Posted using Semagic - and my tag list seems to disappeared :-( Wonder where it's gone?
Yep, still alive ::nods vigourously:: - despite appearances ;-)

So. Jaunt Day with [personal profile] nicci_mac. We went to Beecraigs, a country park/deer farm/trout farm near Linlithgow. Deer and trout weren't the main things we were after though - we were after fungi. And we found some beauties :-D The macro got a workout and a half ;-)

If you go down to the woods today...WARNING! IMAGE HEAVY )
catspaw: (purple thistle)
yes, you've guessed it - more picspam *g*. Butterfly World again today - but ::taps side of nose:: armed with new macro knowledge. Which makes a difference *g*

four pretty butterflies, flitting through the trees )
catspaw: (thistle)
...yes, yes, I can hear the groans from here, shutup, you don't need to click on the cut... ;-)

Another three-way today ;-) Me, [ profile] nicci_mac and [ profile] ximeria at the Botanic Gardens. Xim showed me the other day how to use the macro properly, so this was a great excuse *g*

graphics heavy - not for the faint hearted! )
They do say the devil's in the detail - in Dunblane Cathedral, not so much. The various woodcarvings on the pews and in the choir are utterly gorgeous.

last tranche of photos - details of the interior of the Cathedral )
Next, we went to Dunblane Cathedral.

yet more photos, this way )
Another smashing day out yesterday, with [ profile] nicci_mac and [ profile] ximeria, who some of you may be aware (*g*) is visiting from Denmark :-)

Long day, ridiculously early start, shattering amount of driving about and yes, lots more photos :-D Under the cut, for those of you I can hear groaning about even more photos ;-)

First up: Inchmahome Abbey and the Lake of Mentieth.

travelogue under the cut - graphics heavy! )
While I was going through my photos from yesterday (and more of them, anon *g*) I came across the ones under the cut, which I meant to post at the time. They're from Budapest a couple of years ago.

wee puzzle for you this way )

I wonder if anyone can guess what they're made of?

I'm going to screen the comments so's not to spoil any potential fun ;-)
And the last bit of spam from me, you'll be glad to hear.

If it's Tuesday, it must be Dunfermline.

Last spot on the tourist trail - yet more photos )
Only automobiles, actually ;-)

On Friday we headed down to Stalybridge to party with [ profile] historyterry on the occasion of his graduation. Me, [ profile] feather_autant, [ profile] nicci_mac, [ profile] selenay936, [ profile] sazzle_02 and [ profile] blue_adagio all in Tel's house for the weekend - it's a wonder the poor lad wasn't barking by the time we all dispersed LOL. Still, we all had a great time, the weather was still pretty good, and the catering was tasty :-D

just a few photos this time )
Hmm, so, where was I? Oh yes, the third day of yomping around the Central Belt tourist trail *g*.

another few photos )

ps The icon I'm using is a picture of the flag on the back of the 'Maid of the Forth' :-).
Whew! Busy or what? This tourist lark is sooo tiring ;-)

Having a grand time with [ profile] feather_autant, and doing all the stuff that I never find time to do while I'm just living here *g*. The Man has had a couple of days off too, and he's been chauffeuring us all over the Central Belt (bless him *g*). And of course, there are lots and lots of photos *g*

lots and lots of photos )

So. We had another grand day out today, but I'm knackered so that one'll have to wait until tomorrow.
Temporarily in lieu of the 'wot I did on my holidays' post, which I will get around to, I swear, once I sort through all the impressions and thousands of photographs (okay, not really thousands, but a lot) -- [ profile] nicci_mac and I went out on a jaunt today :-) It was a lot of fun, as usual, and the time went by in a super-fast flash, and we laughed a lot, as usual, and talked about squilliards of different things, as usual... *g* We went to Dollar Glen and Castle Campbell, just a few miles shy of Stirling. The weather was glorious, after a fairly unpromising Embra start (dull and cloudy meh, so much as usual), although there's still a bit of a chill in the air *g*. I took photos.

Fairly graphic heavy. I took over a hundred photos, there's ten or a dozen under the cut )

Eeee! It really were a grand day out :-D
[ profile] nicci_mac came over today and we went out on a jaunt :-) We went to the Butterfly Farm and had the greatest fun, spraffing in general and snapping away like a pair of demented Litchfields in particular *g* And here are some of the results.

a few pics under the cut )

So that was my day. How was yours? *g*


May. 26th, 2007 07:33 pm
Because [ profile] sharp2799 asked, and because [ profile] slb_44's garden looks so pretty *g*. And also because my computer desk is tidy YAY!

half a dozen pics under the cut )
Or, What I Did On My Holidays *g* About ten photos under the cut, be warned!

this is a bit of a beast, graphics wise )
For those interested - What We Did On Our Holidays - with pictures *g*Read more... )

All round, it was a pretty good trip: The Man's firm didn't stint on anything, the food was good and the drink was plentiful. The hotel was luxurious, the architecture in Dubai, sensational. Beautiful, beautiful high rise buildings. I'm glad I went, but I doubt if I'd go back: the whole place was unreal, a fantasy - think Arab culture filtered through Disney - and I prefer a little more grit in my destinations. Although I daresay if it was all expenses paid again, I wouldn't turn my nose up at it *g*
today's the day that I do something sensible about uploading some photos to bore the pants off you all with *g*.

What I did on my holidays )
-- and there be presents for sharing :-)

Firstly, a fic from Joy, slightly kinky tentsex yum! With gloves and bottom Jack and *everything* :-) Find it here -

(A Little Quiet Time)

and a smutlet from Teand which you really have to read 'cos it's funny *and* hot -

(Working Through the Techicalities)

AND a lovely card and icon (q.v. at the top of this post) from skater which has already fuelled some *lovely* fantasies -

(Birthday card)

Hee! I'm so lucky to have such lovely friends. Seriously, I feel blessed.

And I've finally gotten off my lazy ass and figured out how to do the clicky link thingy - so, all good ::beams::

ETA: and another pressie *g*

(Most definitely NOT work safe)

thanks to Nicci :-)))


Mar. 21st, 2006 09:02 pm
I've just had the *loveliest* present :-))) [ profile] skater_g8r made me a cover for 'Ten Years Gone' :-))))) And it's absolutely gorgeous ::tears up and sniffs::

skater, I love you :-) ::hugs you tight::
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