May - The Birthday Tour part 1
Gem of the day in one sentence. Today we explored "Geillis Duncan's garden", so beautiful and peaceful and in back of a preserved house, with cunning stonework and hidden stairways to explore.
Your hosts: We're going to do the blog a bit differently this year. Each guest will give a gem of the day, some written, some in video form (more of later). Why? To give you a sense, in poetic form, of what it might be like to be in the Scotland of Jamie and Claire, via the words of your fellow Outlander fans.
|Gem of the day, how appropriate, Mr Fraser.|
Kirstin, Gem: The restored Catholic church on a hill, representing Claire and Jamie's wedding site, was perfect with its peaceful and rustic beauty.
|The path up to the Chapel|
Loved the church on the hill - the common bond of humanity.
What a thrill to be the one to hold the ancient key and unlock the lovely chapel door! A truly spiritual place with the surrounding mountains and snow capped in the distance.
Experiencing what would have been real-life survival for "real people" in the 1700's and learning my family would have been naked at my lack of spinning skills!
Name:Chris: I like my 21st century amenities! As a 25-year airman serving in the trenches, I have fond memories of the drudgeries kind of like what we've seen today. I actually enjoy austere conditions for the challenge.
Being out in the middle of nowhere, seeing the standing stones, and being told to hush as there was a ewe giving birth. You just don't witness that every day!
|The Outlandish Spirits of May 2014, ascending to the Stones|
Your hosts: As a wee giftie, and something new to the tour, I have made up an "Outlandish Spirits" tour t-shirt. We made the presentation, complete with birthday cake, for three of the company are having a birthday while on tour. We are honoured.
|The Birthdays, note the blue "Outlandish Spirits" t-shirt|
|Outlandish Spirit, Wendy, in spring plumage, foraging in the wild|
Debbie: Reliving the hardship of the crofters cottages, imaging the lives they lived and their way of life.
Alice: Seeing in person what Claire and Jamie actually lived.
Jenny: I found the crofters village and the crumbling soldiers' barracks to be equally intriguing