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Culross

Sunday 17th, October. Today we would be moving on to Edinburgh, which is the start of our solo tour of Scotland and the UK. We had enjoyed the past few days with Avril and David, they were relaxing in a way, especially compared to our Toronto experience. We would be returning to Avril and David’s for a few days before we fly home, so we left some things with them to save us from carrying them all over the UK for no reason. The day was once again overcast, but fine otherwise.

Avril and David were good enough to drive us to Edinburgh to see us on our way. Our first stop was at the small town of Culross on the northern side of the Firth of Forth. When I say small, I mean small. The town is small, but the houses and particularly the doorways and tiny. David and I got out to look around this wee town and got some photos of the doorways. I stood next to them to portray the pronounced size difference. We walked through the town for a while so I could search out things to photograph, but it was so cold that I didn’t feel inspired to take many shots. We did come across some streets cordoned of for filming purposes. The guy on the barrier couldn’t tell us much other than he was told to stand there and that is all he knew. While we were doing all this Avril and Kim were sitting in the car staying warm.

As we left Culross, David tried to get a good vantage point to see the Forth road and rail bridges. It was a bit of a lost cause unfortunately. I would have loved to get an iconic photo of the Forth rail bridge. I can’t remember if we got a photo of it as we drove over the Forth road bridge, but if we ever return to the UK I will have to try and get a good photo of that bridge. We could see the Forth rail bridge to our left as we crossed the Forth road bridge. Part of the bridge was covered due to painting. It looked like a big lego bridge with its coverings.

On the Edinburgh side of the Firth of Forth we made a stop at an electronics store and bought a new Canon G11 camera for Kim to replace the broken G10 from New York. While we were there I also purchased another external hard drive so I could back up all our photos for safety. We had been traveling with a external hard drive from the start of the honeymoon. One evening Kim asked me “what happens if our external hard drive fails or gets lost”? I said we would lose all our photos and videos to date, so I had to get another hard drive to protect our files. As a result both hard drives had identical information on them and were carried in separate bags at all times from that point on. It took a while to back everything up onto the new drive, but once it was done we were reassured that our precious photos and videos would be safe.

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Hermitage Park

Thursday 14th, October. Today we got up a bit earlier and got a full Scottish breakfast cooked for us by Avril. It was the first time I had tatty scones. Basically it is potato fried into a flatish round piklet type thing. I’m not sure if it was this morning or not but I had my first taste of Irn Bru. However it was Diet Irn Bru which tastes like crap. The real stuff is fantastic! David offered both of us some Haggis with our breakfasts, which both of us declined.

After breakfast we got ready to head out for the day. I’m not sure if it was today or another morning at Avril and David’s, but while I was in the shower I got some shower gel in my right eye. It flicked up from the bottle top into my eye and all I could do was try and wash it out. I was in agony as my eye was stinging. The pain eventually reduced, but sine then I am more careful around shower gel.

Once we were ready we headed for the Trossachs, which is to the west of Stirling. The car was full with all four of us and Hann the dog. Kim had her legs up on the centre console because Hann liked to sit in the foot well. Their car is a Jeep and has a very dangerous drivers seat set up. It isn’t dangerous for the driver, but rather for the passenger behind them. When the car stops the seat moves backwards onto the passengers feet. If you aren’t fast enough you could get your foot jammed under the seat. It was Avril that took the risk by sitting behind David.

David said that if I saw something I wanted to photograph to just let him know and he would stop the car. To be honest I was still a little jet lagged and wasn’t sure what I wanted to photograph. We did stop a few times and got some okay photos. It was overcast again, but the cloud cover was higher so we could see more of the countryside around us. It wasn’t until we got to the Hermitage Park in the Trossachs that I really got some good photos.

It was amazing how many cars were in the small car park at Hermitage Park. There were so many that we couldn’t get a normal parking spot. There was also a food stand there which was a strange sight to see. As we walked into the park I tried to get a photo of Avril and David with Hann between them in the distance, but by the time I got the camera ready they had changed positions, so I didn’t get the photo.

At the end of the walk there was a small building. You go into the building and out to a lookout over a river and waterfall. I took plenty of photos here and so did Kim. As we left that building we went down another trail which took us along the waters edge. There was an old stone bridge there with a lot of character and a small walkway underneath it. I was waiting for some slow tourists to move out of the way. They didn’t even say thank you for letting them move off along the narrow walkway without hassle. It was very slippery under the bridge and a lot of the path was washed away. I took it easy and only got a few shots from down there. Looking back on the photos now I think they could have been so much better, but at least I got some photos to remember the place by.

As we walked out of the park a young couple came walking towards us. David had Hann on a leash and as the young couple passed the girl said quietly “Cute”. David took this to be her thinking that David was cute. She instantly became another one of David’s babes. Kim interrogated his reasoning for thinking she was talking about him and deduced that all his babes were a result of walking Hann. Clearly Hann has all the babes and David is lucky to ride on his coat tails.