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I have the Lamont Traveling Plaque safely packed in the smaller of two bags that I'll be checking on Wednesday, Oct. 21 when my sister and I leave for Scotland.

This is my fifth trip over and Laura's first.  She'll be flying to Newark from Grand Rapids, Michigan and I'll be flying up from DFW.  In the evening we'll board a Continental flight bound for Glasgow.  (For those of you who are inclined to pray -- travel mercies are requested.  More concerned about catching the flu than crash-landing in the Atlantic.  Thanks!)

I plan to upload photos here as we go.  Both cottages in which we're staying are supposed to have wi-fi which will enable me to relax in the evening with my laptop and mess around with the day's pictures, e-mail, and the Internet.  (Just like at home!)  We'll be a couple nights at a cousin's home in Stirlingshire, a week near Dunvegan on Skye, and almost a week in East Lothian.  Hopefully we can find some good photo ops for the plaque and then bring it back safely so it can travel to another CLSNA member's home. 

Stay tuned . . .

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Prayers from my family for your safe and wonderful trip!!
Have a great time.

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Looking forward to seeing them. Have fun.

Jim

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Safe journey, Jill.  Looking forward to the photos.

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I'll pick up photos from here for November Wee Harp but your job, should you choose to accept it, is to write up your trip so we can include that this issue (or the one in February, when a wonderful visit might warm the hearts of some of us in cold country!!) Your choice.

Safe journey to both of you.

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Good luck Jill, I'll give my St. Christopher medal an extra rub for you both. 

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The first photo is not the best one of the plaque (too far away) but it sets the scene and is the first time we remembered to take it out of the car!  More coming later this week . . .

This was taken in front of the war memorial (I think the Great War?) in downtown Portree where we went shopping and had lunch today. 

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thats good your having so much fun to forget the plaque. Have more fun!!

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Great start Jill.  Glad the airplane gods were with you and your sister!  aww

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Thanks for putting the pictures on the facebook group also!

-- Edited by James on Tuesday 27th of October 2009 10:58:09 AM

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Took the plaque to lunch at the Stein Inn -- the oldest inn still in business on the island, and to the Edinbane Pottery Studio where it sat for just a moment amongst the drying pottery. 

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the picture with the pottery made me nervous... thinking about all the stuff I broke as a kid

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Frank, I do choose to accept that job.  Will write up a trip report soon after I return, Lord-willin' and the Creek don't rise! 

And George -- nothing got broken while we were in there.  Not to worry!  aww


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I don't think you have to worry about the Creek.  They were defeated many, many years ago.  Now, God willin', well, you'll have to talk to Him about that yourself.  wink

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The traveling plaque went to two different spots on Skye today.  It made a friendly incursion into Clan Donald lands, and . . . it made a brief appearance at the Talisker Whisky Distillery shoppe!  aww

We didn't find the Lord of the Isles at home but we were given Highland hospitality and allowed to roam the grounds. 

After lunching in MacDonald country (but not at MacDonald's!) we stopped on the way back to Dunvegan at the home of Talisker Uisge Beatha . . . AKA - whisky!  Having toured the distillery before I only stopped in the shop for a few gifties to bring home.  (I don't care for the stuff myself!) 



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Rick, good point!  I guess I was just showing off that I knew of what is reported to be the original meaning of the phrase.  ;)

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Ah, so , that's where I learned that.  Was it from you on here?  wink

Cool pix, BTW.   I'll bet it felt a right kinship to the Clan Donald lands.

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Today the plaque got to pose in front of the museum dedicated to the birth of the Saltire.  The flag of Scotland is said to have originated at what is now Athelstaneford, East Lothian when the cross was seen in a vision by a 9th century Scottish king.  Unfortunately the museum closed at the end of October but we stopped by anyway so my sister could read the information plaque and we could take pictures with the lovely blue sky to match the blue in the saltire. 

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The Lamont plaque makes the Saltire more important now that it has been seen with it smile

 

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Did someone in this thread or another mention tha the Saltire is the flag of the Army of East Tennessee?  wink

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Jill, great pictures, thanks for sharing them with us.  Oh, and by the way, if you felt compelled to bring some Talisker home with you I would have been more than happy to dispose wink of the stuff for you.  I'm just that kind of guy.  aww

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I did not know E Tenn had an army? wink and definately did not know the saltire was there flag.

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That was Civil War era, I think.  But it's definitely the White Saltire on the dark blue background.  Eric took a picture of us with the plaque with the group in the background:

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On the right way in the background - see it?

-- Edited by LarneMan on Monday 2nd of November 2009 10:13:19 PM

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Today the plaque visited Hailes Castle along the River Tyne.  Ancient home of the Burnett family, it was all but destroyed by Cromwell's men in the 1630s.  It was never restored after that as the family had holdings in other locations.  However, my Great-Grandfather, Alexander Lumsden LAMOND was born just down the road at the Nether Hailes farm in 1880.  It is very possible that he played around this ruined castle site as a young lad.  :) 

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Jim, I'm afraid what little Talisker I have has already been spoken for.  But I'm sure if you were to show up on our doorstep on New Year's Eve, i.e. Hogmanay (are ye dark-haired, lad?) we'd be glad to gie ye a wee dram!  wink

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I know I should have offfered to carry Jill's luggage... sigh. This plaque is goes places

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The plaque went with us to Edinburgh today!  We took the train in from the Drem Station and were met by a cousin at Waverly Station.  However . . . I forgot to take pictures of it!  no

I could kick myself (but I'm not as flexible as I used to be!).  I brought my large shoulder bag that converts to a backpack and had it safely tucked in there.  And I had my camera too.  I guess the shopping, and lunching, and the wee bit of family researching at the Register House distracted me.  And our cousin was apologising all over the place for the "awful construction" on Princes Street.  (It's her hometown and she thinks it's ugly just now.) 

So you'll have to take my word for it.  The plaque was there. 

Hopefully I can at least get a photo of it at the Glasgow Airport on Friday morning.  aww

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Skye Clarsair wrote:

Jim, I'm afraid what little Talisker I have has already been spoken for.  But I'm sure if you were to show up on our doorstep on New Year's Eve, i.e. Hogmanay (are ye dark-haired, lad?) we'd be glad to gie ye a wee dram!  wink



Let's see, carry-on luggage: check, plane tickets: check, black hair dye: check

 



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All good things must come to an end.  My two weeks in Scotland flew by and I'm now back home in Texas.  After I rest up this weekend, I'll take one more photo of the plaque in the "Scottish room" of my home and await instructions on where to send it next.  

My sister and I had a wonderful time despite the rain and wind.  I'd be happy to visit Scotland any time of the year but for those of you who've never been over I recommend May or September as optimal touring times. 

smile  And to whoever has the plaque next:  it's lightweight and portable.  Have fun! 


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May or October are the latest and earliest I'd go - due to airline ticket costs.  At least when we've been over the last few years, fares go up in June and back down in October.  Usually, we would go over just before Memorial Day (to miss travelling during that holiday), and return sometime in June.  Weather's good, and there are some festivals in NI that time of year. 

Of course, I was in Dunoon in May, and when I was there, it was cold, windy and rainy.  But when isn't it there?  wink



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Here is the last group of pictures taken while I still had the plaque in my possession.  (It is now on its way to Ohio.)

-- Edited by Skye Clarsair on Saturday 14th of November 2009 09:34:41 PM

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Thank you Jill for such wonderful pictures and thank you also for a such a fun report on the travels of our little plaque.  Such memories!

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