Grand Tour of Scotland: Arrival Day: 11 August 2019

I finally finished up with our first day in Edinburgh and is busy with day 2… I still have not decided how I am going to post it because there are thousands of photos and I would really like to share them all with you…

Now just to let you know, every evening I made notes on my phone about the day we had all the ups and downs all the interesting facts we learned but due to the theft of my phone all that information is gone along with the photo’s of our rooms, decor and selfies of dad and myself. I am just glad I posted a few photos on my blog so you will see some of them again to fill in the gaps of our days.

When we landed in Edinburgh the rain was really coming down hard and I realised that my planning for day 1 won’t be possible… But I was positive that maybe it will stop and we could at least see something on day 1.

Sarah from Nordic Visitor arranged a driver for us from the airport to our Guesthouse. I started stressing when our flight got delayed by nearly an hour. What if the driver had other appointments and had to leave…. But as per usual I stressed for nothing.

After collecting our luggage we head to the arrival hall and there he was. Unfortunately I can’t remember his name lost that information too… Neatly dressed in his black suit, white shirt and black tie. Well this is not something you see in South Africa only if you hire a limousine maybe.

He was really enthusiastic about his city and the history behind it. He asked me what our plans was while staying in Edinburgh I told him all about my research and the places I would like to see. He then said if we are not in a hurry he will show us some of the places and also a few more. I  was overwhelmed hoping I remember all the places and streets. He gave us an information overload and I started taking notes like mad. I have a good memory but between the information, traffic rules and beautiful buildings I knew I would forget some of it.

Funny how a person’s memory works, While I am busy editing some information comes back and some  I just can’t seem to remember.

Our driver dropped us off at Ben Cruachan Guesthouse and we were received by our hostess…. Oops I forgot her name now….  Well hopefully it will come back to me.

This would be our home away from home for 2 nights. Well our room was so beautiful and had a nice view of the garden. It was really coming down and dad and I first had some coffee and relaxed before we decided to go for a walk in the rain in Edinburgh.

 

We put on our rain jackets, took the umbrella and of course I took my camera…. We changed our plans a bit we were just going to explore some of the streets around the Guest House….

While walking and taking photos it started raining very hard and we saw a Pub that is open and we headed in for a nice dinner and hopefully it will have stopped raining when we were finished.

Bushwick Pub and Grill was very cozy but not very busy. The waiter gave us a window seat. I think he saw the camera and knew that I would like to take some photos. Dad ordered a draft and I ordered a Banana Milkshake….. When the waiter put down the milkshake in front of my my jaw dropped I did not expect a mega mega Milkshake…. I could not even finished it… So sad though it was delicious and I will definitely go there again if I am ever in Edinburgh again. That is if they are still there of course. We also ordered a burger and chips and when the waiter put it down in front of us dad and I just looked at each other and right there we decided that the people at Bushwick don’t believe in normal they go big…..

Well needless to say I could not finish my dinner. I ate my chips and drank my milkshake as far as I could. I asked if they can put my burger in a takeaway container so that I can enjoy it a bit later.

It stopped raining and dad I headed back to the guesthouse I took some more photos and when we got “home” I took a nice hot shower and had a glass of sherry to keep me warm.  After my shower I tackled my burger and I could not finish it….

We were very tired after the flight and went to bed just after 10 pm.

Thank you for exploring Scotland with us. I hope you enjoyed our first day just as much as we did.

 

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

 

 

 

Grand Tour of Scotland 24 August 2019: Day 14 – Travel from Skye to Fort William

We left Skye over the long and beautiful Skye bridge to get on the Mainland as they call it. We did some exploring on our way to to Fort William.

Tonight we are spending the night at The Moorings Hotel.

All photos taken with my Huawei P10 cellphone.

Thank you for taking the time to discover Scotland with us.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland 23 August 2019: Day 13 – Exploring Isle of Skye

Today was our last day on Isle of Skye and we did some more exploring.

Just a few random photos of our day…

All photos taken with my Huawei P10 cellphone.

Thank you for taking the time to discover Scotland with us.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand tour of Scotland 22 August 2019: Day 12 – Exploring Isle of Skye

Today we explored Isle of Skye.

Here are some random photos of our day. More to come when I have edited the rest.

All photos taken with my Huawei P10 cellphone.

Thank you for taking the time to discover Scotland with us.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

My photo someone’s qoute…

“Take vacations, go as many places as you can, you can always make money, you can’t always make memories.”

There is only one problem with this quote… To go to places one needs money and if you live in South Africa you need lots of it.

Nowadays there is not many places that you can go to for free. Even if there are no entry fees you still need fuel in your car and that costs more than a loaf of bread these days…

I use to love to travel and take the boys out on day trips during school holidays. Now they are big and do their own thing….

Just this morning I told my dad that I would love to visit Cape Point again. Haven’t been there in years…. When we were children we used to go there when we had visitors from other provinces….

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work.

If you can dream it you can do it……

My photo and quote by Samual Johnson

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” Samuel Johnson

Keep safe and keep traveling….

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work.

Beautiful Landscapes of Potsberg

Potsberg has some of the most beautiful landscapes. I just love capturing them. During flowerseason it just take it to the next level…

In the past there were more colors visible but due to the drought we had the yellow flowers took over and only here and there you stil had patches of purple, pink and white flowers. Don’t get me wrong it is still awesome and I got some beautiful photos with Bontebok and Ostrich. These I will share at a later stage….

Due to the fact that my trigger finger worked overtime I need to split our Potsberg visit in 3 posts….

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Hope you enjoyed your visit. Please let me know what you think of my work. Have a Blessed week.

Your worth…

Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have… Thomas Edison

A few years back a colleague told me that I am worth much more and that I must start believing in myself and my abilities as a photographer.

For me this is very difficult. I am my own worst critic and sometimes I feel like my photo’s are not good enough it can still improve.

Even after 10 years in the industry I am still learning new skills. Trying to better myself for my client’s and potential clients…

I do have a goal and that is to sell my nature photos online…. But the big question is what do I think I am worth?

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. Feel free to comment or like my post.

116 days, 7 hours and 57 minutes before departure…

I am super excited about our visit to Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 in August 2019.

Not much to tick of our to do list anymore… We must still apply for our visas, pack our suitcases, finish up my trip planning for the last 3 days and then we are ready to go…

I don’t think I will have the opportunity to visit Scotland again so our trip planning is very important. I have lists of places we would like to see on route to our next destination. Luckily we are doing a selfdrive tour so we are in charge of what route we would like to take. Our travelagent Sarah did however gave us enough information and a route that covers most of what we would like to see.

The only problem is I have the tendency to change a 4 hour trip into a 10 hour trip… But at least my dad also like to take photos and stop alot so we are very good travel partners.

I cannot wait to share our Scotland trip with you….

Wrong turn to Mooimaak…

Well well my name will not be Coreen if I end up somewhere where I am not supposed to be….

On our way to Geelbek I saw a sign Mooimaak, well I took the turn off because there was no do not enter signs… It has been a while since I visited the park and thought may it’s a new road… Needless to say I was wrong it was a dead end and seems more for mountain biking….

I am very glad I took the turn off got some beautiful photos on this stretch of road…

As per tradition we always have a coffee break at Geelbek. This is also a good time to stretch our legs and well have a bathroom break.

Our next stop is Potsberg….