Home is where the laundry dries

15 Apr

Home again!  Not totally healthy, but upright and ready to keep stepping forward into spring and summer.  We just spent a week on the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands.  As long as the world sits perfectly still for the next week (likely) I’ll catch up with all the dramatic landscapes, the rainbows, the fairies (not kidding), the vomiting, the langoustines (not related to the vomiting), the history, the seals, the cemeteries at the end of the world, the Roads of Death, the boats … and my wish to return.

Our base was this cozy and extremely comfortable holiday cottage, overlooking Dunvegan loch and with access to the Dunvegan castle gardens.

Of course, I was fascinated by the keys.

And the recycling.

No curbside glass recycling?  Are you kidding me?  Where does it go?

Oh, here.  Nothing like The Recycling Center At The End Of The Earth.

As usual, I embarrassed my children by taking photos of our food.

Smoked salmon appetizer at The Old Schoolhouse.  Going to Skye?  A great place to eat: upscale, fresh, local, and still kid-friendly.  And one of the hotesses there?  From Maryland.  That’s called synchronicity, people.

We found a toy collection both historic and horrifying.  Want more oddness?  The owner-collector at this museum — the Glendale Toy Museum — had several items from Wall Drug, in South Dakota.  Where I have also been.  World, how small do you need to get before my mind explodes?

Oh, there were hundreds of moments of pure earth drama, too.

Kilt Rock, Skye.

For your final oh-ha-ha of the day, how about a castle featured in the movie Highlander

(*swoon* *die for beauty* *thunk*)

for real …   and for LEGO.

Cause that’s right, even after I tell you all about Skye, there’s still the mega-awesomeness (in a totally different way) of LEGOLAND.  I need to pour myself another coffee…


9 Responses to “Home is where the laundry dries”

  1. Zazzy April 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I’ve been to Wall Drug! It was a convenient stop for lunch on my way home from points south and east. Overhyped but gooooood doughnuts. I remain incredibly envious and, if someday I get to make my big trip, I think I will just print out your blog instead of buying a guidebook. As for antique toys, I have the world’s scariest china doll that I have never displayed because she scares me so much.

    • Monique April 16, 2012 at 10:15 am #

      You’ve been to Wall Drug too??! Somewhere there lives a photo of me on a giant horse statue at Wall Drug, pretending to be a cowgirl. Only went once, but it’s a place to stick in the memory … I officially never ever want to see your creepy doll. I’ll have nightmares enough from the relatively tame ones we just saw.

  2. greenness April 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Yay! Gorgeous! End of the Earth places are so amazing. I can’t wait to see you use some of the other breath-taking photos for dramatic effect in other posts.
    Looking forward to more Lego pictures too. 😉

    • Monique April 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      I’m never going to get through all these photos. I just want to stare at the end-of-the-world ones and zone out. Sigh….

  3. satnavandcider April 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Great pictures and a wonderful introduction to your trip up north. I’m really looking forward to seeing and reading more about it. Highlander is one of my favorite movies. I’m so jealous! It sounds like a great trip.

    • Monique April 16, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      There can be only one!! =) Dunvegan castle is the home of the Clan MacLeod — it was a Highlander sort of trip.

  4. Sarah April 16, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Love it! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everywhere I’ve been in the Highlands, but I’ve not been to Isle of Skye yet – after this post I see another trip to the Highlands in our future. But I have one concern – NO SNOW? What kind of devil place is this really? Just kidding! 😉 It looks divine.

    • Monique April 16, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      Oh, did I not mention the snow? We had — in the space of one morning — fog, mist, rain, hail, snow, sleet, sunshine and a rainbow. I loved taking our time on Skye but I missed out on the *rest* of the Highlands … so we need to go back, too.


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