Thursday, 25 September 2014

The thing on the thing

As we drove into Oban Gary declared, 'Oh there's the thing on the thing'. As we've been to Carnasserie Castle and Dunstaffnage Castle recently, plus a dozen others, lots of lochs, various views, mountains of mountains (sorry) I think he can be forgiven for giving up on remembering what things are called and tackling the pronunciation of a few places, don't you?

This is McCaig's Tower (the thing on the thing) Do you ever give things or people odd names which then stick?
Carnasserie Castle (I climbed five stories up the stone spiral staircase to get you that shot)
 Dunstaffnage Castle. It doesn't actually slope like that, but there was some horrible red tape which I managed to hide behind the cannon, but only by throwing myself down a small embankment and it seems I can't do that and hold the camera level.

If you've not seen enough of my holiday pictures yet, you can find more on my other blog.

And if you don't have enough reason yet to hate me, I'll casually throw in the news that Woman's Weekly have just accepted another of my stories.


42 comments:

  1. You're on a roll Patsy but hopefully not down that hill. Sounds like you are having a wonderful holiday.

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  2. congrats on the story...and love the pictures. We don't have these sights in Florida.

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    1. No, you scenery and points of interest must be very different, R Mac.

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  3. Hi Patsy .. wonderful photos - Leaning Towers or not .. wonderful time you're having .. and yes I'm sure things on thingys happen all the time now! Cheers Hilary

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    1. You're right about us having a wonderful time, Hilary!

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  4. Snap! I've just come back from a Scottish castle too. Aren't they amazing? Congrats on the story acceptance, I'll look out for it.

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    1. They are, Linda. Which one did you visit?

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  5. Places to buy food on our journeys when the kids were small were called "Hungry shops".

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  6. I think the last shot has character! Be proud of it, leaning and all.

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  7. Congrats on the 2nd acceptance! And so jealous you get to see castles in real life- I never have. Maybe one day!

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    1. I'm lucky to be able to visit them, Leandra.

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  8. Love your photo travels of my country, Patsy - and well done on that acceptance!

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    1. I love your country, Rosemary. We're having a really good time.

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  9. Fabulous photos, Patsy and congratulations on the acceptance :-) x

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  10. I certainly got a bit sea sick looking at the Dunstaffnage castle one! Looks like you're having a great trip. Wonder what thingies you'll be seeing next.

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    1. We're having a really good time, Wendy - and we've seen loads.

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  11. Congrats Patsy!! :) Along with writing, you have the talent and skill for photography as well, I must say that the photos showcase all the efforts you've taken to capture them. Well done :)

    Also, I wish you start copyrighting your photos, anything like a simple signature would do. May be something like "Patsy's Photography" in fine Italic font should suffice. Well, you don't need to if you just like to remain the amazing writer you already are, but look at the 3rd photo in this post, it's outstanding - you can compete in NatGeo photography competitions with such photos.

    The colours in your photos suggest that you already use a SLR camera, so you can buy a combination of wide-angle lenses to motivate you further in photography or may be a GoPro :) And someday your readers will be happy to see a dedicated photography blog or a photography book from you :)

    All the Best,
    Cheers,
    Charan :)

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    1. Thanks, Charan. Yes you're right it's a SLR camera. Luckily I can borrow lenses from my husband (who is a professional photographer and so gives me lots of advice) Glad you like the pictures!

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  12. Congratulations! And really nice photos!

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    1. Thanks, Oscar. I've taken LOTS of photos.

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  13. I love old buildings, so keep the pictures coming. :-D

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  14. Congratulations on the WW sale, Patsy. I keep trying with them but no luck yet.

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  15. Great photos, Patsy- and thanks for climbing the spiral staircase- the result was worth it. :)

    And congratulations on the latest sale too.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Climbing spiral staircases seems to be my current fitness regime.

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  16. The five storeys was worth it for that photo. And congrats on the acceptance.

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    1. Thanks, Annalisa. I've done lots more climbing since - worth it in every case.

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  17. Great pictures!
    Here's a free flash fiction contest. The prize is cash.
    http://lumfa.blogspot.com/2014/06/tlr5-flash-fiction-contest-no-entry-fee.html

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  18. I don't hate you, Patsy! Enjoy your hols in Scotland.

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    1. That's because you're a nice person, Charlie! x

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  19. Congratulations on your Woman's Weekly story; it's becoming a habit!

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  20. I was looking at the thing on the thing this very weekend. (In-laws are Obanian). Husband & I are going to call it that from now on. Did look out for the auburn curls but I think we'd already missed you!

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    1. We had moved on by the weekend, Bernadette. We'll be back though - maybe we can arrange a redevous?

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    2. Would be lovely, but I think the south is closer for both of us!
      I'm sure there are other things on things we could find (though would have to be a bit more specific than that if making arrangements!)

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  21. Great pictures, and would make good book covers. When my children were little, their Welsh Grandad, who was Taid, pronounced tide, told our son that he got his whaticallit from the garden centre. Every time we drove past, he'd say, "Taid got his whaticallit from there." We hadn't a clue what he meant. Eventually we found out it was the lawn mower. To me though, it's easier to say lawn mower that whaticallit.....

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