TGIF: Summery

Summery by Karen Gadient, 2016

Another “FingerPaintingFriday”!
Watercolor on cold press watercolor paper.

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Scotland: Glasgow to Gills Bay

Highlands View by David Gadient, 2016

Halfway through our Scotland trip last month, we got a rental car, had a yummy farewell lunch at Mono, and got to know our dubious new friend, the GPS (who later misguided us or just faded away on more than one occasion) as we headed out of Glasgow. Since David was driving and I’m not much of a shutterbug, especially while in a moving car, there aren’t many pictures of our driving days.

On a different side of the road than we’re accustomed to, we drove up past Loch Lomand and kept going. Along the way, we stopped twice, once for the sheer greenery of the view, and again when we reached Glencoe―as the GPS (we had begun to call her “Evil Siri“) directed us off and onto our first single-track road, where we got a luckily-not-crash course in passing places. Since we needed a stop and a turn around, we went further down the road and ended up at the Clachaig Inn. We went inside for a break, and I noticed a sign there: No Hawkers or Campbells. Glad neither of us are Campbells! History lesson here (with mention of the Clachaig Inn at the end): These Terrible Historical Events Inspired Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding.

Glencoe Driving by David Gadient, 2016

From there, we ignored Evil Siri and got back on the A82, where we were led past Loch Lochy (aye, really) and Loch Ness (didn’t see Nessie, but didn’t expect to) and finally reached Inverness, where we spent a lovely stay at Carbisdale B&B, which we highly recommend, if you happen to be in Inverness; we stayed there again on the trip back and hope to return.

Inverness Sunset by Karen Gadient, 2016

The next morning, we enjoyed a lovely vegan breakfast, cooked by Wilma and served by Colin, and chit-chatted with other guests while admiring the bird-filled garden. Then we were off northwards. We stopped at The Storehouse of Foulis for some tea and to take in the view of the Cromarty Firth. Worth noting on the entire trip so far: no rain. Just wonderful weather.

Foulis Tea by David Gadient, 2016

When we got far enough to feel comfortable with our schedule to meet the ferry to Orkney (the reason for the drive), we made other stops. One was in Wick, at The Alexander Bain, which not only offered a wide selection of beer, but some veg-friendly items on the menu. At the time we were in Scotland, all the news was about the Referendum, and this pub was papered in material to help make a decision. Most people we met during our time in Scotland didn’t feel that leaving the EU was a grand idea, and their final vote reflects that sentiment.

EUwetherspoon by Karen Gadient, 2016

As we neared the ferry, we still had more time, so we stopped at The Castle of Mey and got a look at our second castle so far plus a relaxing view of the tip of Scotland before boarding the ferry that would bring us over to Orkney.

Mey View by David Gadient, 2016

Thurso by David Gadient, 2016

Finally, we got to the ferry. We parked our car in the line to board, and had a cuppa tea. I’ve always wanted to see Orkney, so this is where the trip gets bucket-list for me. Might take me a while to sort out how to post about it, but I will!

FerryToOrkney by David Gadient, 2016

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TGIF: Smidgen

Smidgen by Karen Gadient, 2016

Time for “FingerPaintingFriday”!
Watercolor and gouache on chipboard.

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TGIF: Medley

Medley by Karen Gadient, 2015

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Watercolor on cold press watercolor paper.

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Fragmentary

Fragmentary by Karen Gadient, 2016

Fragmentary. Acrylic and ink on canvas paper with color adjustments after scan. I think black and white sometimes has more power than color, when the texture is right.

It’s a desperately vexatious thing, that after all one’s reflections and quiet determinations, we should be ruled by moods that one can’t calculate on beforehand. ― George Eliot, Adam Bede

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Our Day in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Pano by David Gadient, 2016

The first photo is a panorama of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle. It was a bit of climb to get there, but we’d already been walking miles that day, due to hiking from Waverley station to The Auld Hoose first. It was our plan for lunch, because: ‘Home of Edinburgh’s Largest Nachos’. Vegan nachos, in our case. Utterly epic nachos, the size of your head, loaded with guacamole, beans, and jalapeños. You’d think, living in Arizona, that we could get something like that here. Nope. And certainly not with local Scottish beer. So, it was worth a hike from the station, even if there’d be a hike to Edinburgh Castle from there.

Edinburgh Streets by David Gadient, 2016

We walked many residential side streets, but also the Royal Mile. It was a Sunday and crawling with tourists, but that made it all the more interesting. Weather was perfect, despite a bit of drizzle when we’d first arrived.

Edinburgh Castle by David Gadient, 2016

Edinburgh Castle is as impressive as they say. We spent many hours there, all the way up to when they kicked us out (we were actually the very last visitors that day). Although David had seen castles in Europe many years ago, this was the first castle I’d ever been to―well, other than Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley―and that’s not quite the same. Edinburgh Castle is a glorious place.

Royal Dragoon by David Gadient, 2016

A group of German tourists were happy to take our photo in trade for taking their photo… so finally, a photo of both David and I greets the online world!

Karen and David Gadient, 2016

The evening brought our true plans. Aye, many folk go to Edinburgh for the sights, but we went primarily for the beer. Specifically, to indulge in our love for Innis & Gunn. We trekked another mile and spent the remainder of our day in Edinburgh at The Beer Kitchen by Innis & Gunn.

Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen by Karen Gadient, 2016

Innis & Gunn makes our favorite beer. Back home in Phoenix, we have to drive hours to Las Vegas to fill our car with bottles just to keep our fridge stocked. And we do, when we can. But it’s not a wide selection, so we were thrilled to sample all the beer we’ve never tried, including limited edition, seasonal (Espresso Barley Wine, how I miss you), and test series brews.

Of course, we got glasses and t-shirts; we couldn’t figure out how to bring a cask head home. Being vegan, the food menu was all sides dishes for us, but we had no complaints because we were given enough tasty chips to keep us upright and get us back to the station. Well, actually, our server pointed us to a taxi, which was lovely after such a long day of walking and beer-sipping.

Edinburgh Waverley by David Gadient, 2016

So, there you have it. That’s how we experienced Edinburgh. You’ll find that our travels might be different than most, but that’s really what travel should be: personal and meaningful to the traveler. Happy travels!

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TGIF: Bedaub

Bedaub by Karen Gadient, 2015

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Watercolor on cold press watercolor paper.

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