Loch Lomond

By yon bonnie banks,
And by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond,
Where me and my true love
Were ever want to gae,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Oh! ye’ll take the high road and
I’ll take the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love
Will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

‘Twas then that we parted
In yon shady glen,
On the steep, steep side of Ben Lomond,
Where in purple hue
The Highland hills we view,
And the moon coming out in the gloaming.

Oh! ye’ll take the high road and
I’ll take the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love
Will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

The wee birdie sang
And the wild flowers spring,
And in sunshine the waters are sleeping,
But the broken heart it kens
Nae second Spring again,
Tho’ the waeful may cease frae their greeting.

Oh! ye’ll take the high road and
I’ll take the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love
Will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

(Of course we sang that to the girls…well the first two verses.)

Loch Lomond:

Loch Lomond Aquarium & Park:

Loch Katrine

Just wanted to give you a glimpse of the origins of Katrine’s name.  Family history has it that a doctor once traveled from the loch, down the winding roads to Callander in order to deliver a baby.  This baby girl was given Katrine as one of her names to honour his journey and the name has been passed down since then.  Loch Katrine is really very beautiful.  The surrounding hills offered shelter to many a cattle thief including Rob Roy MacGregor.  It is also the setting for Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake.

Katrine’s first visit to her Loch in June 2005:

2013 visit:

Just in case you thought that we had forgotten Elspeth.

Scenic Shots:

Sheep, Coos & Heather

Look!  It’s me as a bush.

Some good, old fashioned hairy Highland Cows/ Heilan Coos.

Elspeth’s sheep Aberfoyle Woolen Mill.  Even if Elspeth was a little scared by the fact that these sheep both moved and made a lot of noise, it was quite interesting to see such a wide variety of sheep.  They really did not look like the walking cotton balls we commonly think of.

“I am not so sure about this mom.”


 

London: Museums

Science Museum:

Baba got a lot of loving as we walked around to the various museums.

Natural History Museum:

National Gallery:

Only kids drawing in the whole museum but they can up with some really nice pieces.

Brass Rubbing Museum (located in St Martins in the Fields Church beside Trafalgar Square):

You did the rubbings beside the crypts and could then go inside for tea.

British Museum:

Admiring the Rosetta Stone.

Holding British Roman artifacts.



 

Cool London Ducks

We spent a lot of time looking at birds because Elspeth loved them.  She would hold full conversations for pigeon pairs who we passed on the street.

“Mommy where you going?”

“I going to the museum.”

“What will we see?”

“Stuff.”

My all time favourite

At Kensington Gardens we saw more birds as well as a little ramp so that the ducks could climb in and out of the fountain pools.

Then at the Science Museum Elspeth even got to be a bird!