Monday, April 30, 2007

Bothwell Castle

Near scenic, rural Uddingston, by the verdant banks of the upper Clyde, lies the impressive, hulking ruin of Bothwell Castle. This medieval/renaissance castle (it's a mix, you know!) is the best one Heather and I have visited so far, for two main reasons: 1. It's actually a castle- not a mall, a tourist trap, or a museum (though they have their place). 2. They let you climb it! Also amazing is the forested land surrounding the castle, which acts as a buffer against encroaching (modern) civilization. Remind me to post a sound clip of the birds chirping... Heather has posted an album of pictures from our recent visit. I especially enjoy the picture of the castle earthworm.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Stirling Castle: No copper added

Aaron accompanied us to Stirling, where we saw Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. If the name rings a bell, it's because I went there last year (although I suppose you could remember the name from UK history, as the site of several famous battles between England and Scotland, led by Mel Gibson). Last year, there was a picture of the Wallace Monument as seen from Stirling Castle.
Here I include the answering photograph: Stirling Castle as seen from the Wallace Monument. Heather has posted several more images, all of them quite charming. Aaron took the really good picture of the bridge.

Friday, April 13, 2007

We did it!

Aaron Pettis visited us this week, and we all had a good time together, walking aimlessly for miles and miles and finding parking lots to stand in. During our survey of the Finnieston area of Glasgow, we found something that is sad: an abandoned piano, completely dismantled, in an alley.