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Umpqua River Lighthouse

13 June 2014 I don’t know the correct way of pronouncing Umpqua, but I can’t help but think of the rhyme ‘umpa, umpa, stick it up your jumper’…random I know!!! The Umpqua River Lighthouse was interesting for two reasons…1) it is a river, rather than sea lighthouse and 2) there are red lenses, not just… Continue reading Umpqua River Lighthouse

Cannon Beach to Yachats

10-12 June 2014 We checked out after a lovely evening at Schooners Cove in Cannon Beach. Cannon Beach is a lovely town to browse the galleries, jewellers and gift shops. We spent the morning wandering around and saw some lovely art and jewellery made from sea glass.  A stop for a photo of Oswald West… Continue reading Cannon Beach to Yachats

Lake Quinault to Cannon Beach

9-10 June 2014 A second visit to Quinault Mercantile for another Yogi Bearie Crunch was the perfect start to our day.  On our way south down the Pacific Coast Highway 101 we stopped for a quick wander around Raymond and Willapa lovely area with dozens of sculptures along the sides of the road, in every… Continue reading Lake Quinault to Cannon Beach

The Olympic Peninsula, Washington USA

7-9 June 2014 I debated whether or not to include the stop at Lake Quinault, my itinerary kept changing over and over again and in the end, having read some entries on Sporkhashi’s blog I decided to include a 2 night stay at Lake Quinault Lodge, which is in a beautiful setting and is a… Continue reading The Olympic Peninsula, Washington USA

Fortrose to Rosemarkie via Chanonry Point

I found this walk on the Walkhighlands website, although technically the walk on the website is slightly longer we were exhausted carrying our extra Christmas weight. It was a really windy day but we were wrapped up and the sun was shining, blue sky and a strong wind is just what was needed after our… Continue reading Fortrose to Rosemarkie via Chanonry Point

Pre-Christmas trip to Edinburgh

It had been far too long since we had last visited Edinburgh, so Allistar decided to book a last minute trip for a night at the Holiday Inn next to Edinburgh Zoo. We had recently re-joined the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and so we maximised our visit by going to the zoo on… Continue reading Pre-Christmas trip to Edinburgh

The Great Dale Chihuly and my love of glass

I love glass! Not your average windows or drinking vessels, I mean beautiful works of art made from glass. I have done glass blowing and glass jewellery making glasses at 2 different studios in Scotland, I collect glass, have inherited glass and have pieces we are looking after for my mother-in-law. So any opportunity to… Continue reading The Great Dale Chihuly and my love of glass

Isle of Staffa

  We visited the Isle of Mull for the August Bank Holiday weekend.  We stayed in the Pennyghael Hotel, , which is under new management and they have a lot of work to do on the hotel rooms to tidy them up (lick of paint, new carpet and replacing some wood in the bathroom etc).… Continue reading Isle of Staffa