Discovered that my palace stands upon pillars of salt

I know it’s been a while since my last post, and for some of that time there isn’t really a good enough excuse for that, but recently there has been.  I once again couldn’t find my camera lead!  I searched everywhere and even bought a new one (it was HD so I thought that would justify it as it was different…) but that didn’t work even though it plugged in fine…  It took me until then to even think to check if my laptop had a place to insert a card from a camera.  It does.  So now I have the pictures available to illustrate the posts I’d been wanting to do.

I decided to change the design of my blog mostly because I didn’t like the font size on my previous one, but couldn’t find a way to change that without making the photos too small…  It took me a while to chose this theme as there are lots of really nice ones, but I thought it was a good mix of girly and geeky…

Viva La Vida by Coldplay may seem a strange choice of title-source at first, but it is, in fact, relevant.  You see, this post is about a jaunt I had with my family recently to Falkland.

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For those of you who don’t know, Falkland has a Palace in it, which among other things was the place where James V died while thinking that his dynasty was over as his wife had just given birth to a daughter instead of a son.   This is where the whole depressed former king theme of the song is appropriate (and why I substituted the world ‘palace’ for the original ‘castles’).

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Another feature of any of my family’s visits to Falkland is a stop-off at The Pillars of Hercules just outside the town.  It’s a hippy place which grows and sells organic food and also has a health-food-shop-y bit and a cafe which, while not exclusively Vegan, serves Vegan food.  The name of the place is, as you may have figured out by now, why I chose the part of the song that mentions ‘pillars’…

I hope to use song quotations for blog-post titles in the future as I’ve seen lots of great blogs do this and always enjoy it.  I just thought that, as with the ‘Coffee and Tetralogy’ post, I would give a bit of insight into the strange connections that my mind makes between song lyrics and other things…

I know I should have included a photo of the entrance sign to Pillars (as we affectionately abbreviate the name to) and probably some of the shop and cafe, too.  But I’m afraid I was too busy being preoccupied with my aforementioned interest in taking pictures of cute animals!  There are always a LOT of cute dogs there!

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First of all there is this adorable young Westie who was being a cute little scamp at the table across from us while we were eating.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember her name now, but I do remember that she was still just a puppy!

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And this is Huey, in the only clear picture I managed to take of him – the rest of the time he was too busy leaping up at me and my brother to bother with sitting still!  He was a supposedly grown-up dog, but didn’t seem to have noticed that, yet!  Although he is the only one that I currently have photographic evidence off, Fife (where Falkland is situated) seems to be FULL of spaniels!

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And once again, we shift naturally and easily from real animals to fake ones!  This is the fountain in Falkland, complete with lions both guarding it and providing the water…

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And across from them is a different kind of fake animal – a statue of a human…

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This is Onesiphorous Tyndall Bruce.  I had to take a picture of him, because we always notice him when we visit.  Mostly, I admit, because of his impressively grandiose name!  You have to wonder what he was called as a pet name…  Tyndall, perhaps?

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I love outside steps, and they are almost as frequently seen in Fife as Spaniels are!

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And I had to include this picture, though its a different theme from the others because… polka dots!

That’s all for now, but hopefully it won’t be nearly as long before my next post!  At least if I forget about the fact that I can upload my pictures straight from the card, it’s written here in my post and that should help to remind me!

A Day in Glasgow

Once again, the post of cuteness has to be postponed!  However, this post WILL have some pretty cute things in it.  On the 5th, my Dad had a tutorial to teach in Glasgow (he works with the Open University among other things…) and my Mum and I decided to go in too and have a look around at the shops (mainly stationery shops…) and then meet up with him for a meal.  Since my Dad’s tutorial was from two till four, we obviously had to get something to keep us going till we ate later…

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We dropped in at Cafe Nero for some Hot Chocolate.  You can get it made with soya milk there if you ask, as you can in many such places, but we have on good authority that the cocoa they use is DEFINITELY dairy free!  I had enjoyed hot chocolate from Cafe Nero before but now that my Mum had found out about asking for it to be double strength, it was even more delicious!

Then on to New Look.  I got what I describe as ‘Hippy-Heart’ (heart shapes with the CND logo in them) earrings for Christmas that had originated from there but I wanted to see if they had any Peace Sign necklaces, or silver earrings as the ones I got for Christmas were gold and I wanted to have a variety.  This is what I got:

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After that we went to Ryman’s.  I had intended to take pictures in there, but I was so engrossed with looking at the stationery stuff that I forgot!  Here are some pictures of some of the things I got there, though.  Taken once I got home

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The stickers are to decorate my Filofax (see previous post!)  However, the scraps weren’t from Ryman’s.  They were from Tiger, which had been recommended to us, and we’d never been to before.  This is where the cute things come in!  I was taking photos pretty much the whole time I was in there, and even starting before hand, through the window!

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How cute are these???

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And these?  For some reason I find the caption ‘Teddy Bear/Mouse’ incredibly endearing!

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I always find mini versions of things adorable.  I even have a post planned that will be devoted entirely to cute little mini things!

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And more mini things!  And they’re pigs!  (I have a special fondness for pigs… and bears…more on those in a later post, too!)

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My brother and I used to have a large collection of these from the Early Learning Centre when we were little.  (I say ‘used to’ but I think I still have most of them in a box in a cupboard somewhere… I find it really difficult to throw away anything with sentimental value…)

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And another animal I’m very fond of!

 

After that, we went next door to Waterstone’s to look at the stationery stuff there.  I also got a book poster there which will appear on here once it’s up in my new room.  But I also saw this…

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I remember the Moomins with immense fondness…

 

On our travels my Mum and I also saw this really interesting old building

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And this one with a model ship on the top!

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And then, after meeting up with my Dad, we passed this interesting looking shop, but we were on our way for food and too hungry to stop for any longer than the time it took to take a picture of these cute creatures!

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We ate in Stereo, a great Vegan restaurant and this is what I had:

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A falafel pita, followed by

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scones and jam!

It was a really great day, and I had plenty to gaze at and use when I got home!  But the most useful thing I got was a case for my camera!  Now it’ll be MUCH easier for me to take it to different places, and much easier to get out and use than it was in a padded envelope inside my shoulder bag!

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