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GreatScot! Looking for Ghosts – 2nd Outlandish Adventure – Day 5

Slept in a bit this morning but luckily suffered no ill effects from last night’s excesses. ;-) We had Irn Bru just in case, but ended up heading downstairs to eat a good breakfast instead.

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Soon enough we piled into the car to find some adventure. We decided since the weather was not too bad to head up towards Falkland in search of ghost Jamie. After navigating a combination of surface streets, motorways and rural roads, we arrived in Falkland and, wonder of wonders, found a parking place right on the street. Yes, that is right. This girl parallel parked on the wrong side of the road, while driving from the wrong side of the car and only required a little help. ;-)

As we made our way up the sidewalk, we paused to let a car make a turn. Much to our surprise, the driver rolled the window down and asked ‘Are you Outlander ladies?’ We replied in the affirmative. It turns out that she had been at the Outlander Gathering and recognized us. The Outlanderverse is such a small world.

We strolled around the little Falkland town centre and took our photos at the fountain and visited the shopfront used in the series for where Claire looks at the vases. We then decided to stop into Mrs. Baird’s, I mean the Covenanter Hotel, for lunch. All of us enjoyed our jacket potatoes and then I had a scone for pudding, my first since I’ve been here!

After lunch, we felt the need to stretch our legs, so we did so while touring the lovely Falkland Palace. The palace is mostly a late Victorian reconstruction of a dwelling used by Kings and Queens of Scotland for many years. The palace itself is still a Crown possession but the title of Keeper of the Palace and the right to live there is still maintained. The current title holder actually still uses the Keeper’s lodging and we were shown the spot where he usually puts up the tree at Christmas.

As we made our way through the palace, I had my hands full keeping the other girls in line. ;-) Luckily. I have some previous experience with that. ;-)

After finishing the tour of the palace, we headed back up the street to the car when, lo and behold, what did we find but more Outlanders! We spent several minutes hugging and chatting with Karen, Sheila and Deb before bundling back into the car for our next location.

We headed towards Culross, dodging showers the entire way. And after only I little searching (and one stop at the tourist information office) managed to find our way to the West Kirk, also known as Outlander’s Black Kirk. I was rather proud of finding my way back without Miss S. telling me where to turn every step of the way this time. We were fortunate with the weather while we were there and even had some sun! Lu also had the opportunity to fondle yet more stones. These appeared to be Celtic carved grave slabs reused in the building of the later church.

We made it back to the car and headed back to Glasgow just in time as the rain began again. Back at the hotel, we again treated ourselves to some snacks in the lounge, albeit sticking with water this time. :-)

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Well that’s it for today’s adventures.

Slàn leat an-dràsta!

 

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GreatScot! Midnight and Two More Bottles of Wine – 2nd Outlandish Adventure Day 4

OK. This is a VERY short post. Yesterday was a travel day and not that much happened, but I’ll give a quick recap.

Finally got a chance to catch up on my sleep! I didn’t drag myself out of bed until about 11 am. Once up, I did some quick repacking of my suitcases so that I had everything I needed for the week in my smaller blue carry on. It was a beautiful morning with bright sunshine. I made a bet with myself for how long that would last.

Finally I headed out towards Crieff to pick up a partner in adventure for the next couple of days. Sure enough, by the time I reached the other end of Pitlochry the sun was disappearing and sprinkles were starting. By the time I was on the A822 halfway to Crieff, the bottom dropped out and it was tipping rain something fierce.

I arrived in Crieff at the house my friends were sharing and was warmly invited in out of the rain for a cozy cup of tea and a biscuit before heading out towards Glasgow. As we sat and share stories from the weekend and talked, the rain ended and it was bright sunshine again. You just gotta love Scottish weather.

Back in the car, we made the hour’s drive to Glasgow. My passenger paid me the highest compliment on my left hand driving when she said ‘I keep forgetting that I’m supposed to worry riding with you!’

Once in Glasgow, we were spoiled rotten by our local hostess. She’d already checked us into the hotel and had our room stocked to the gills with goodies. We took a quick walk along the river to clear our heads before returning to the hotel executive lounge for a wee dram before dinner.

 

I say wee dram, pretty sure I lost count after we started the second bottle. Eventually, we headed to dinner where I had yet more haggis, this time in the form of haggis spring rolls. I have to say either the quality of haggis has changed in the last few years or my palate has. All the haggis I’ve had so far this trip has been very good.

We ended the evening with a truly lovely dessert called Eton Mess and a martini. I think a certain someone took my saying that I had never been drunk as a personal challenge. Not sure I made it all the way to drunk, but I will admit to being slightly tipsy be evening’s end. Luckily I took some ibuprofen, drank some water and woke up this morning with no ill effects.

Stay tuned to see what we can get into today!

Slàn leat an-dràsta!

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Great Scot! More than one ‘Clan’ comes together – 2nd Outlandish Adventure Day 2

This blog may be even shorter than yesterday. Much of that may be because I slept like the dead from the time I finished last night’s blog post until almost 10 am this morning. I finally did drag myself out of bed, feeling very much refreshed, just in time to grab breakfast in the hotel restaurant with Deborah. After that, we packed our stuff and checked out.

I dropped Deb off at her car and then headed north to Pitlochry. That will be my home base for the weekend before heading back to Glasgow next week. Sitting down in comfort, I did a quick technology check to make sure all was working for the all important Outlander viewing in the morning. After some fiddling, everything appears to be working but I’ll keep my fingers crossed until morning, just in case.

Tech check done, I performed a quick wardrobe change and headed across the mountain from Pitlochry to Crieff.  It was a lovely drive through misty rain. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to take some pictures and post them. After a 45 minute drive, I arrived at the lovely Crieff Hydro — a Victorian built hotel and spa. I very quickly started running into friends, old and new, all there for the Outlandish UK Gathering.

Pretty soon it was time for dinner, but first, there was a very special pre-dinner entertainment. None other that Outlander world-famous street musicians Clanadonia, fresh from the streets of Glasgow. All the attendees gathered round to watch — and some ended up becoming part of the performance — as the band rocked the venue.  After several rousing numbers, Clanadonia ended with their smash hit ‘Hamsterheid’– a smash hit partly in that it was featured during the chase scene in Episode 101 – Sassenach.

At this point, many of you have probably noticed something missing in this blog post…pictures. I accidentally left my cell phone in the car and didn’t have it to take pictures with this evening. But don’t worry, I’ll have both the phone and my camera to take pics tomorrow. I can’t wait to see what the Outlandish UK Gathering organizers have in store for us. I’m already pretty sure my credit card balance won’t be safe after shopping at the Outlander Fayre!

In the meantime, do enjoy this video I made of Clanadonia that I was able to make with my handy Surface 3. I sure wish the quality was better but you’ll get the feel. :-(

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After a lovely buffet dinner, the Outlander clan settled in for some Outlandish Trivia. 5 rounds later, three tables were engaging in a tie-breaker for the overall win, but alas, my table was not among them. Why couldn’t I remember William Ransom’s FULL name and title. ;-) Knowing I had a bit of a drive and an early call tomorrow morning, I headed out for home.

In the car, I marveled that even so late in the evening it wasn’t quite dark yet. Pretty sure the sun will be up very early tomorrow (as will I). I made my way back across the Sma’ Glen, keeping a sharp eye out for rabbits, deer and other cars. Have to tell you that the rabbits far outnumbered the other 2. Arrived home safe and sound and now ready to catch some sleep before my very early alarm goes off.

More to come tomorrow!

Slàn leat àn-drasta!

 

 

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GreatScot! A Walk Down the Royal Mile and Fits of Giggles at the Lyceum – 2nd Outlandish Adventure Day 1

Hi guys. This blog post is going to be a bit down and dirty. ;-) I’m running on about an hour and a half of sleep in the last two days, compounded with almost 5 miles of walking and bed is calling my name…loudly.

I set off from Atlanta yesterday on my roundabout path to Glasgow. Who is it at airlines who comes up with these itineraries anyway? Part of it was my own fault. I sacrificed a few hours and an extra flight segment in the name of a half off business class frequent flyer ticket. All journeys have to start with the traditional luggage and shoe pics though!

Finally, after 3 flights and  about 18 hours of travel, I arrived in Glasgow to find the day partly sunny and relatively warm. Definitely better weather than I was expecting based on the long-range forecasts I had been perusing from home. I actually made it through immigration and customs with absolutely no waiting and made my first stop in the airport at W H Smith to top up my UK cell phone. For 20 GBP I have 4000 minutes, 4000 texts and 2GB of data to get me through my 18 day trip. Should be plenty provided I don’t get carried away tweeting pics. Then I remember what data cell services is like in the Highlands and I stopped worrying so much. ;-)

Next stop was the Avis rental counter to pick up my chariot for trip. Knowing that the girls from OutlanderPod would be joining me later in the trip, I booked a minivan (or people carrier as they are known in the UK). Unfortunately, their only automatic transmission one came back with a damaged tyre this morning ( I have absolutely NO IDEA how something like that could hapeny. Hush Mom and Vicki. Stop laughing.), so they substituted a station wagon (estate car in UK speak). Not sure I’m crazy about it. I kind of like the way the minivan sits up higher on the road. I have some emails in to Avis to see if I can swap it for something else if one comes in.

Even on little sleep, I had no problem making the short drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh and arrived at the Edinburgh Marriott by 3 pm local time. It looks much the same as it did when Mom and I stayed here on our first trip to Scotland. As a matter of fact, I am sipping a Strathmore water and munching on Walker’s shortbread from the Executive Lounge right now, just like I did on that trip. There was no time then to rest though, I had to be on the Royal Mile very shortly for the first Outlander related gathering of the trip.

I changed my clothes, hopped in a taxi and arrived at the Albanach Bar to meet my fellow Outlanders for a pre-theatre dinner before heading over to the Lyceum Theatre to see Outlander cast member Grant O’Rourke star in The Venetian Twins. I took some time to snap some pics on the way to the Lyceum and even capture some video of a bagpiper playing on the Royal Mile.

We arrived at the Lyceum which is a beautiful theatre. Luckily the play was hysterically funny and I was in no danger of falling asleep once the house lights went down. Afterwards, Grant was very sweet and came out to talk and talk pictures will the 25+ Outlander fans who were in attendance.

After the theater, Deb and I started out with the best intentions of finding the proper bus route to return to the hotel for the night but ended up catching a taxi instead, just as my fitbit was registering my 10,000th step for the day. All told, the step count was at 11,272 by the time I was back in the room.

Well, as usual, I think that was a pretty jam-packed first day and I surely didn’t want to start out behind in posting on the blog! I am headed for a well-earned rest.

Stay tuned tomorrow as I head up to Crieff for the 2nd annual Outlander UK Gathering.

Slàn leat an-dràsta!

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Outlander Episode 110 – By the Pricking of My Thumbs – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

I don’t know about all of you, but after the eternity of Droughtlander, the newest episode of Outlander seemed to come almost overnight.  I’m loving the fact that here in the US, Starz is posting the episodes through StarzPlay and OnDemand starting at midnight since I need all the head start I can get. Thanks also to those of you who pick up things I miss or get wrong on the first try! Deciphering Gaelic is definitely a group effort!

Claire’s Morning Wakeup Call (we should all be so lucky)

4:01 Jamie’s exclamation at being interrupted

a Dhia – God/For Heaven’s sake! (Pretty sure the lad was taking the Lord’s name in vain here. Claire had reason to be a bit upset too. ;-) )

 4:24 Jamie goes to let Murtagh in (Almost positive this is a repeat of a slur used in ‘Episode 101 – Sassenach’ as Jamie’s not feeling that kindly towards Murtagh and his not-so-impeccable timing.)

 A bhalgair /ə VALAgir/ (ya bastard!) (filthy cur, really)

4:46 Jamie upon learning of the Duke of Sandringham’s arrival

Gasta! – Great!

6:39 Jamie about wanting to go home to Lallybroch

Broch Tuarach – North Facing Tower (As book readers know, this is Jamie’s official title as Laird of Lallybroch)

The Changeling

22:35 Jamie to Claire to give him the baby

Seo – here

Banquet with the Duke

39:00 Colum and the Duke

Slàinte mhath – Good health/Cheers! (an old favorite)

The Duel

44:35 Jamie to the MacDonalds

Thalla gu h-Iort (Hiort)! –  “to St Kilda with ye!”

Leaving with Dougal

52:02 Jamie to Claire regarding dangerous times

Mo Nighean Donn – My brown-haired lass (Jamie’s favorite endearment. After Sassenach, that is.)

That’s it for the Gaelic this week. If anyone has anything I missed, don’t hesitate to post a comment or send me a tweet at @GreatScotBlog!