In Part 1 of this post we complained incessantly about the ferry that took us from Amsterdam to the UK, and we promised we'd send pictures. So, no more complaining, just the pictures. Before the ship left port was amazing. The departure was windy, and dramatic, and beautiful.
So now we've been in Scotland for almost two weeks. We don't hold our breath and grit our teeth while driving the car anymore, but we still do when we're in the passenger seat (and the roundabouts)!
We'll be in Scotland for the next 6 months: three months in Perth, and the next three in Edinburgh. We've found apartments in both places, and settled into Perth. 6 months of commitment! It's a little unsettling. On the other hand we are so very happy with our landing place. The Scots are so friendly! And chatty! We were out for a morning walk yesterday, and passed a woman, perhaps 70 years old, walking her dog. She stopped to explain why she didn't have her gloves on. Granted, I only understood every third word, but I think it had to do with the phone. Or the dog leash.
I got my hair done on Saturday, and by the end of the appointment I had a complete itinerary of the Scottish Highlands written out on an appointment card. We leave tomorrow. AND - my hair is a glossy Scotch Ale Brown (Bob's words, not the hair dressers).
Even the street signs are friendly and chatty. I love Twenty's Plenty! I walk around trying to find ways to throw the phrase into casual conversation. So far — not much luck. You? The other sign is in front of an elementary school in the neighborhood.
Here's a picture of our neighborhood castle. It's a mile from our house. We walk there and back for our morning constitution. This was taken yesterday. Notice the beautiful sunny day. According to the weather forecast, this will be the last time we see sun for a week. According to the locals, that's just plain optimistic.